Really I'd like to give it 2 1/2 circles, it's not quite poor, but below average. It's been a few years since our last visit and the place needs work. Admission is $8 for everyone 4 and up (seniors are a little less, $6 I think), which is a lot if you are getting there at 1PM and the place closes at 3PM. It would be nice if they offered discounted admission after noon or 1.
Many activities my children wanted to experience, were closed for "upgrading" and of the ones left, a few didn't work properly. The outside area was not open so we went from exhibit to exhibit and my kids were bored after an hour.
The honeybee hive that was previously on the 2nd floor is gone, as is the room in the basement painted to make you feel like the room is shrinking/slanted.
They have a wind attraction that simulates what it feels like to be in a 78 mph tornado, but that is an extra $2. On the plus side, on street parking was free.
If you'd like a nice little children's museum that focuses on learning, I'd suggest the Discovery Museum in Rockford. Yes, it is farther, but the admission is the same $8, they are open until 5PM, parking is free and your kids will be engaged all day.
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