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“Good things come in small packages!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children's Center for Science & Technology

OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children's Center for Science & Technology
11 W Federal St, Youngstown, OH 44503
(330) 744-5914 ‎
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Ranked #4 of 12 Attractions in Youngstown
Type: Children's Museums, Museums
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Gustavus, Ohio, United States
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“Good things come in small packages!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

My boyfriend (24) and I (20) went earlier today. He is studying chemistry at the nearby university and as a member of the local ACS he had volunteered here before for their annual Silly Science Sunday event, and this piqued my interest in visiting it. I went to Inventure Place, now the National Inventor's Hall of Fame, in third grade for a field trip and had been wanting to go back ever since. This museum had very similar activities to what Inventure Place had on their bottom floor at the time (eleven years ago, give or take a few months), so it brought back many happy memories for me. The exhibits only took us about an hour to get through, but they only took that long because we couldn't stop playing at one table at which you use jets of water and observe their effects on ball pit balls or an exhibit with vacuum tubes through which you could send either a ball pit ball or a mesh handkerchief-like cloth. Had we visited each exhibit and spent just enough time to get the gist of what it did we probably would have only taken about 30 minutes, but where would the fun have been in that? The exhibits I can recall include the aforementioned two plus:
* A water play table with accessories including pieces to make "dams";
* A storm simulator with a powerful fan and buttons to set what kind of "storm" to make, as well as their respective wind speeds;
* A laser guitar with a button on the wall to choose which "instrument" or sound effect to make it sound like;
* Fun house mirrors;
* A green screen for kids to pretend they are forecasting the weather;
* Gear and magnetic play walls;
* A musical apparatus similar to a xylophone, but with large plastic pipes to be struck with large, flat pieces of foam;
* A paper airplane folding station and launcher, complete with a target in front of it, in an elevated area alongside what appeared to be an airplane ride (similar to the quarter-operated rides sometimes seen outside stores);
* An echo tube;
* A wall with percussion instruments on it and a control board to program a rhythm;
* A shake table with blocks, to build something on and simulate an earthquake;
* An area with large, soft plastic blocks in various shapes to build an archway or tunnel;
* A video display whose speed can be controlled and reversed with a knob on the projector;
* A xylophone, glockenspiel and steel drum on the bottom floor, as well as a "building station" for simple woodwork;
* A geodesic dome encased in glass with "critters" made of pompoms, feathers and the like to look like bugs or birds; this exhibit was the coolest, so I don't want to give away just what it does!

All in all, Oh Wow! is an awesome little museum for people of all ages who just want to go do something fun for maybe an hour. I'd recommend it in an instant.

Visited July 2013
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“S.T.E.M at its finest.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013 via mobile

This is a great place to get anyone especially your kids into STEM. If you look at the brochure, you're sure to want to go. It's full of great activities for everyone. You have to do the hurricane wind simulator.

Visited July 2013
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“Take you grandchildren here”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

This is an excellent place to take your children / grandchildren on those wet days when school is out. From the "acoustic" guitars to the vacuum pipes and the water feature, wind machine and paper dart launcher this is a great place for the kids to while away many hours.

Visited June 2013
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Girard, Ohio
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“Very cute, but small”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

Nice museum for young children. My 5 year old got through all the exhibits pretty quickly. The water table was her favorite and she enjoyed it thoroughly. I imagine children that are slightly younger might have enjoyed it a little more (prob from ages 2-4). One thing that was disappointing was the parking. Very limited and you have to pay. Also, during our visit there was a section that was closed. Otherwise, the museum is VERY clean and well kept. Will return with my younger daughter for sure.

Visited February 2013
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“good place for kids”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

nice day out with kids. very clean nice staff only bad its in the downtown of youngstown amid the older area... but worth going too!!

Visited May 2013
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