The McWane Center is a super science museum that my family has enjoyed for 10 years. There are 4 full floors of fun! You will probably get tired before you can actually do everything. The bottom floor is a mini-aquarium, that includes a great touch tank with rays and little sharks. The middle two floors have tons of great learning displays that have lots of interactive devices. The top floor has more interactive displays and the "traveling display". Currently, on the 3rd floor the "traveling display" is Clifford. The 4th floor is temporarily filled with model trains and a special "Winter Wonderland" for the holiday season. This museum is great for all ages but most displays definitely cater to the younger crowd, 10 and under I would say.
If you are a 5 year old or younger you can play all day long in the "Just Mice Size" section of the museum on the 2nd floor. There is only one way in and out, so parents can camp out at the door and not lose anybody! I have actually seen more kids get lost when their parents try to follow them through all of the tunnels and mazes and then the kid flies out the door with their parents stuck in a slide somewhere!
There is also an IMAX movie theatre that has wonderful, rotating nature type movies. The gift shop is a great place to find fun, different types of gifts too. There is a food court with several choices for food...a Pizza Hut, SubWay, burger/chicken place, noodle place and Red Mango.
They also have wonderful summer camps/holiday camps at the museum that we have always been very pleased in taking. They have preschool programs during the day that are fun for a short class. It is not in the greatest section of downtown but once inside, you feel perfectly immersed in fun learning!
I love that Birmingham has this wonderful science center!
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