I just happened to get in on a free night sponsored by Target (first Thursday of the month from 4-8pm). Saved $60 for a family of 4, which I used towards the purchase of items in their very nice gift shop. Of course, I think the place would've been worth it even at full price. Only thing with a free night is that it is very well attended and there's probably at least several times more people here than normal. Even so, this place is so large that the crowd gets well distributed and you can still enjoy yourself. First thing to do when you get here is get free tickets for the rock-climbing wall and the planetarium shows as there is only a limited number of them available. You have to be 12 or younger for the wall. The kids are safe in a harness and the wall appeared to be a challenge, as I saw no one get to the top. My 6 year old daughter got the farthest, better than much older kids. The place is not only fun, but educational at the same time, if one takes advantage of the opportunites. I enjoyed the Dinosphere and Treasures of the Earth exhibits the most. There was also a dinosaur art gallery that proved to be a quiet respite from the crowd. The Chihuly glass sculpture is also a beautiful work that deserves to be seen. In fact, there's a place on the lower level where you can sit directly under it and just look up and contemplate it. Suitable for kids of all ages from toddlers on up. Give yourself at least 4 hours here. You can bring your own food in, but really, who's got time for eating here?
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