My family and I travel while I run my company Purveyor of Geekery
My husband and I went to Naples for our anniversary this year. It’s such a beautiful area! We were so blessed with a wonderful trip. The beach on the Gulf Coast was so much more relaxed and kid friendly than the beaches here on the Atlantic side. O was able to play in the water without the constant panic attack that a massive wave would knock us both over. Like any summer day in south Florida, the morning of adventuring around the Fitfth Avenue area near our hotel was cut short by the heat so we decided to find an inside alternative. Enter C’mon! The Children’s Museum of Naples.
Getting There: C’mon is about 20 minutes from the major Naples tourist areas. Driving directions can be found on the website. The area is serviced by Collier Area Transit (CAT), however it doesn’t appear to service the museum.
Near There: Naples Zoo is about 8 miles away, but the museum itself is situated in the 212 acre North Collier Regional Park which is packed full of activities for kids including the Sun-N-Fun Lagoon with 5 water slides, lazy river and more!
Language: Signage and information is mostly English or iconography, but in South Florida Spanish is commonplace so you would probably be able to find an employee or patron to help with translations if needed. I want to say that a few signs were in braille but I can’t recall for sure. Contact them at (239) 514-0084 to confirm.
Weather: The museum offers a great retreat from the South Florida heat, but the outdoor areas including the water garden, labyrinth and rolling hill shut down when inclement weather is expected. There is still plenty to keep everyone occupied inside though, just plan your outdoor section adventures sooner rather than later as Florida has a tendency towards afternoon rain showers.
C’mon, Family Style: It’s not possible to do the Children’s Museum any other way than family style. C’mon holds a strict policy where they won’t sell tickets to childless groups or individuals. From family restrooms to three toddler zones for the under 3 crew, they have this family thing in the bag.
Concessions: South Florida seems to be more food conscientious and the Garden Cafe at C’mon is no exception. They get 4,5 stars in my book for going all out to meet special diet needs as much as possible. Their foods are labeled for food allergies and there are plenty of vegan and Gluten Free options plus Paleo brownies! Although they don’t specifically claim to be, it appeared to be a peanut free place. They do have some tree nuts in some of their foods, but their PB&J’s were made from Almond Butter. Did I mention they have non-GMO, peanut, tree nut, dairy and egg free Dr Lucy’s Gluten Free Cookies!
Traveling with Pets: No kennels are available here. Don’t leave your pets in your cars, one of two things will definitely happen to them: someone will break your window and remove them (if you are lucky) or… well, you do the math.
Unique Experience Concerns: The museum is wheelchair and ADA accessible, plus offers visual transition timers, noise reducing headphones, and child/ adult wheelchairs, available on a first come, first serve basis.
Autism Spectrum at C’mon: Although not apparent during your visit, a look at their website shows the extremes the museum goes to welcome Autism Spectrum guests, The museum offers visual transition timers, noise reducing headphones and special programs where they limit the sensory overload of the daytime visits. See their website for details and dates.
Although the museum is set up to accommodate guests with physical concerns, there are very few restful areas that are free from stimulation, but isn’t that sort of the point of a bright, vibrant playspace? The party room behind the cafe is relatively quiet and open to the public if no parties are going on as well as the art gallery, the classrooms on the upstairs levels or the amphitheater outside. Generally during normal hours, the museum is 30,000 sq ft of indoor crazy kid fun and at times felt a bit overwhelming with few areas to retreat to for solace even with noise cancelling devices. Their website suggests planning to visit when the museum first opens in the morning to beat the crowds.