Portland Children’s Museum first-rate, says Forbes

Forbes. We love them. We hate them.

And vice versa.

Some of their reports say we’re miserable for business. Others love Portland. Some love our natives who have gone on to run massive multinational companies, becoming powerful CEOs 40 or under.

What are you going to do?

In the latest one, they love us. Well, Portland, specifically. Even more specifically – The Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, which is in Portland.

Portland’s kids’ museum ranked amongst the top 12 in the country, according to the new Forbes list, joining others in Boston, Brooklyn, Houston and beyond.

What did Forbes like about the P-city museum?

A truly hands-on museum, this smaller but first rate facility has wide array of exhibits melding general themes like a fire station and veterinary hospital with Maine specialties like a working climb-aboard lobster boat, wilderness ranger station, and the sponsored LL Bean Discovery Woods. Everything here is about climbing on, in, and walking through, including the standout exhibit, Istar, a life-sized blue whale kids can go inside of. There is also a Space Shuttle with full-sized working cockpit from which visitors can “pilot” the ship, and a tidepool touch tank full of aquatic creatures straight from nearby Casco Bay. There is also a small planetarium and on the top floor, a camera obscura with views of the city.

There you go.

When my kids were slightly younger (they’re 10 and 7, now), I spent A LOT of time at the children’s museum here in Portland. A LOT. From the space shuttle to the touch tank, from the vet’s office to the camping site, I knew that place inside and out.

I only lost the kids once. Or twice.

OK, maybe six times. But who’s counting?