Science Centers are a great place for children to explore and discover! Parents who are planning a vacation or family getaway may want to consider adding in a trip to one of the many nationally recognized science centers in the U.S.
The Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103
Visitors to the Academy of Natural Sciences can enjoy exhibits in the permanent collection that feature live butterflies, South and Central America, East Africa, and Asia. Young paleontologists will love exploring Dinosaur Hall’s 30 plus dinosaurs, while animal lovers will get a kick out of the live animal center. Call 215-299-1000 or visit the museum’s website at ansp.org for more information.
Adventure Science Center
800 Fort Negley Blvd. Nashville, TN 37204
Nashville’s Adventure Science Center’s attractions include the Bluemax Flight Simulator, Body quest, and the 75 foot Adventure Tower. Aspiring astronomers can visit the Sudekon Planetarium for an added educational activity! Call the Science Center at 615-862-5160 or visit their website at adventuresci.com for more information.
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New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th St. Queens, NY 11368
Spend the day investigating over 450 interactive exhibits that range from “Marvelous Molecules” to the “Sports Challenge”. Little ones will enjoy “Preschool Place”, and older children can explore “Mathematica”. The Hall of Science can be reached via phone at 718-699-0005, or visit their website at nysci.org. Image: captiain
Arizona Science Center
600 E. Washington St. Phoenix, AZ 85004
Catch an IMAX movie or visit one of the 300 hands on exhibits that make up five different themed galleries. Learn about psychology, astronomy, nature, or the science of sound during a trip to this interactive museum. More information can be found by visiting the Science Center’s website at azscience.org or calling 602-716-2000. Image: yrchern
Choose a science center based on family need, available attractions, and location. Make sure to call in advance for specific museum hours, process, and special accommodations if needed. Ask about children’s programs and classes (some may even be free). Plan to spend at least one full day enjoying the exhibits, and learning about all things science!