Lily loves animals, so I have taken her to the bean museum quite a few times. It is one of her favorite places to go! She loves it. Last time we got out of the car she saw the building and started shrieking in delight and clapping her hands.
There are so many things to see - even with a short attention span this girl is entertained for well over an hour.
We have gone with older kids as well and everyone loves it.
The best part - it's free! I love everything about this place. It's clean. It's educational. It isn't usually crowded on the week days.
They even have a "play room" with drawers and drawers of toys for kids to play with. Lily loved playing with the animals.
She also loved playing with the magnets.
They have interactive things for the kids to touch.
I would definitely recommend (and have) the Monte L. Bean museum to all of my friends! There are animal shows as well although we haven't gone to one of those yet due to Lily's sleeping schedule.
Things to remember:
The museum is stroller friendly, although I have yet to meet a kid who is willing to sit in their stroller at this museum. There are so many things to look at - and this museum is very kid friendly. I started leaving my stroller in the car, but if you have more than one kid and have a hard time keeping track of them you could always bring yours in.
They have a basement accessible by the front door. The basement is kind of creepy - ok - really creepy. The animals upstairs look like they could be alive - in poses they would have been had they been alive. The animals downstairs - mostly birds - are pretty, but some are just laying on shelves which kind of creeps me out. However, I have gone into the basement with many kids and none of them seem phased so maybe it's just me.
Plan at least an hour - especially if this is your first time. They do a really good job of spreading things out so often times the kids I go with want to see things again and again.
They have a gift shop. Every kid I have been with who can talk wants to go to the gift shop to play with the toys. Watch your kids close so they don't break something you'll have to buy. The toys are actually pretty reasonably priced, but if you aren't planning on buying anything it may help to have a little discussion before you go in so they know they can look, but you won't buy anything.
Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum
645 E 1430 N
Provo, UT 84602
Monday - Friday 10 AM - 9 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM
Monday - Reptiles at 6:30 and 7:30 PM
Tuesday - Adaptations at 7:30 PM
Wednesday - Utah Plants & Animals 7:30 PM
Thursday - Ecosystems at 7:30 PM
Friday - Invertebrates and 7:30 PM
Saturday - Reptiles at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM