This study, conducted at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, explores parents’ perceptions of play and their role in children’s museums. The results show that most parents do not understand the importance of play to their children’s learning or how to play with their children in a children’s museum, and that the design of children’s museums may always successfully encourage or support parental involvement.
Downey, Stephanie, Amanda Krantz, and Emily Skidmore. “The Parental Role in Children’s Museums: Perceptions, Attitudes, and Behaviors.” Museums & Social Issues. 5.1 (2010): 15-34.