The Children’s Museum of Virginia is currently closed for renovations, and in the meantime, they’re diecting families toward Andalo’s Clubhouse in Portsmouth. While not as extensive as a full children’s museum, Andalo’s does the job as a place for kids to stop and play on a dreary winter day or while traveling. You’ll find the usual imaginative play centers, such as a play kitchen and lots of building toys. Reviewer Jen of Two Kids and a Map visited recently to escape the snow: “Despite the fact that I was annoyed that I had to pay $20 for the visit, the kids really did have a blast. The eight year old loved reading and trying the few science exhibits. The little ones enjoyed building castles in the block section. There is a separate room for children three and under but we also skipped this section.” Read her complete review!
Date last visited: February 2010
Distance off the interstate: 5 minutes from I-264
Hours and Admission Prices: $5 per person (children and adults). Under 2 is free. Hours are: Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bathrooms: Located within.
Directions: From I-264: take exit 7 toward Downtown Portsmouth/Harbor Center Pavillion. Turn left at Court St, then left at High St. Andolo’s Clubhouse is located next to the Courthouse Galleries and across the street from the Commodore Theater. There is a small, metered parking lot behind Andalo’s Clubhouse off Court Street.