The New Baby Boom

Older kids have too many other things to do, so children's museums are now targeting toddlers

Squealing with delight, Bobby Chazen, 2, hops into a miniature 1957 Corvette and leans on the horn. Then he spins the steering wheel, flips on the radio and, giggling, steps on the gas pedal. Bobby has become an expert at putting his motor skills through their paces in the candy-red car, having been to its home, the Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga, Tenn., "nearly 100 times" since he was 5 months old. "When he knows we're going to the museum," Bobby's mom Candace Chazen says, "his eyes light up, and he puts on his little shoes and starts singing."

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