Bangor, Maine has one of the most impressive children's museums, The Maine Discovery Museum, I have ever seen. It is all the more impressive being that one would be surprised to see a children's museum at all in Bangor, much less one that can hold its own against similar museums in very large areas. The museum is three floors, and three fairly good-sized floors, of fun and learning for children up to about twelve.
Inside are seven exhibit areas - Nature Trails, Passport to the World, Booktown, Sounds Abound, Artscape, Mission Discovery and Body Journey. Each offers something for younger and older kids. Our favorite is the 20-foot model river were the kids can put on smocks (to keep dry) and build dams and race boats.
There's no restaurant in the museum, but you can brown bag it in the snack room, which has vending machines. If you haven't been to downtown Bangor in a while, expect to be impressed with the quality and quantity of the eating places and shops.
We have been a reciprocal member of the Maine Discovery Museum for a few years. This also allows us to visit other participating children's museums and science centers nationwide. When we travel we visit all the participating museums and science centers that are on the list - the membership has more than paid for itself