“A little run down, ok for young children - Membership is worth it for ASTC Passport Program”
I went with the my husband and 4-year-old daughter on a weekend. The museum is fairly small (I think there are four exhibit rooms), Challenger Learning Center (which is open for community/public simulated space missions only occasionally), a very basic planetarium, and some outdoor space. On the weekends, there are arts and crafts activities, animal shows and planetarium shows (free ticket required) -- check the website for the schedule. The exhibits are just right for children from about ages 3 to 8, but the space is a bit run down so parents and children may not want to stay for very long. Live animal exhibit has somewhat exotic specimens, including a frog, toad, huge cockroaches, turtles, rabbit and porcupine. Planetarium show is projected lights (no lasers), but the presenter is enthusiastic and informative. My daughter's favorites were the animal exhibit and the planetarium show. After we left, she asked when we could go again. On a weekend, the price for 2 adults and a 4-year-old is $22. That's a little expensive given that the museum is small and old, but worth it if your child learns and becomes excited about science. Free parking was nice, especially since this museum is a little out of the way in a not-so-great neighborhood. Annual family membership ($60) is definitely a bargain if your family will go a few times a year AND/OR travels and likes science museums, since it includes the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Passport Program. That's why we joined -- we will get free admission to lots of great science museums (throughout US and internationally, but at least 90 miles from your membership museum and home address), including the Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum in NYC.
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