I had the occasion to visit Great Explorations for the first time in several years. I was a little apprehensive based on my past experience and reviews but was delightfully surprised by the quantity and quality of exhibits.
First, I should disclose that my boys are 3 and 5. We had a group with us with kids that ranged in age from 7 months to 6 years. We were there for about 2 1/2 hours. The kids including the youngest and oldest, kept busy with all there was to do. Several kids were having so much fun that they complained when it was time to leave. Even with the duration of our visit, my boys did not see every exhibit available.
Some exhibits require the assistance of a parent for younger kids, tweens could probably do on their own. On many exhibits, the kids were able to figure it out themselves while the adults chatted. There was a good variety of exhibits using different skills and thought processes. There are a couple interactive shows during the day. We saw "volts and jolts."
The staff were present to assist kids if needed and direct if they were playing incorrectly. Staff were cheery and pleasant.
If you're visiting the area and want something to do that's totally kid-centric (12 and under), this is a good stop. Admission is currently $10 per person. Kids are free before their 2nd birthday. Seniors are $9. There are $1 coupons available in local travel guides.
If you're local, a basic membership of $100 is a great value. Allows 5 family members admission for one year.
There is a small gift shop with toys and games. There are light refreshments available for purchase (soda, chips, etc.). Parking is free.
Overall, it was a fun experience and I look forward to taking the kids again. They want to go through the new Touch Tunnel again!
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