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“Fun for the kids!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Saint Louis Science Center

Saint Louis Science Center
Ranked #13 of 253 things to do in Saint Louis
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: With the mission "to ignite and sustain lifelong science and technology learning", the Saint Louis Science Center is one of the top five science centers in the United States, and has been named one of the Top 10 Science Centers for Families by Parents Magazine and one of America's most visited museums by Forbes Traveler Magazine. The complex includes over 56,000 sq-ft of interactive science-technology exhibits that are part of the Science Center's free general admission. Opening in June 2016 is GROW, a one-acre outdoor exhibit that will take visitors on a journey of food, to gain a deeper understanding of our food supply. The Science Center's ticketed areas include the OMNIMAX, a four-story IMAX Dome theater; the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, one of the world's largest planetariums; and the Discovery Room, an activity area for families with younger children.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access
Memphis, Tennessee
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Fun for the kids!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

The kids really enjoyed being able to walk around and touch just about everything. They got to try out all kinds of new things that taught them how the world works so not only were they having fun, they were learning at the same time. We started out by riding a camel outside the science center-how can you go wrong with that? Every corner we turned I heard one of my kids saying "mom, look at this!" and they would run on ahead to take it all in. They especially loved the Build-A-Dino inside the Build-A-Bear where they got to build a dinosaur to commemorate their visit to the dinosaur exhibit within the museum. They go to get their picture taken with a Blue Angels plane and two larger-than-life dinosaurs outside the museum, too. I love encouraging them to explore the world and the science center allowed them to do that. Admission into the museum is free but specific exhibits do require tickets be bought to visit them.

Visited August 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great way to spend the afternoon!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

We just experienced our first visit to the science center with our kids (ages 6 and 3). I have to admit that I was a little hesitant after reading some other reviews that it was geared toward older ages, but we gave it a shot anyway because of the heat. There was plenty for both of them to do and enjoy! I'm glad we went, and we will be sure to visit again. Admission was free, so other than food, we didn't end up spending any money because we felt the activities that weren't free would've been too old for them at this point. So while there was a lot left that we could've done (and will do in the future), we still had an enjoyable afternoon. I would recommend it to other families looking for something to do inexpensively for an afternoon!

Visited September 2013
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Naylor, MO
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18 reviews
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“St.Louis Science Center”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is a great location in central St.Louis to spend the day with grandchildren. We had 3 with us, ages 16 to 11. They all loved the airplane animation area. There was a great 3d movie, and delicious food items. Parking was free!

Visited July 2013
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Austin, Texas
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329 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“always pretty fun”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

The only reason I gave this an average this time is bc we have been here so many times and this year we went to the Chicago Science Museum and of course that tops all science museums. But don't get me wrong this is a really fun museum! We come here usually to purchase the science museum memberships that get you into other ones virtually free like the Chicago ones. ITs really the way to go for a large family of 7 bc these museums can get costly. This particular one is free and that's why its such a hit. We like this one too bc even though its way smaller than some, it still has a lot of hands on things to do albeit things are getting a tad older and a little dirtier. But the staff here is really nice. We got tickets to see the Butterfly Imax and the Planetarium (it came free w/the membership ;) and that was a really fun experience for the littler ones. Yes most of the stuff was geared towards older kids but my teen still enjoyed pretending to extract fake blood in the lab. The littler ones liked the dino area :) THe parking is overly priced but we always found one right by the street and took a short walk to it. I wouldn't leave it there at night though but for a short couple hours, it works. We still like the bridge that overlooks down to the freeway below-that's always a hit for our family. All in all a must for first timers and to get family passes!

Visited July 2013
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Bedford, Ohio
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“Amazing family experience... for an amazing price!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

Wow! This is a must-see experience for families. We visited with our grandsons (3 and 4) and kids. We were very surprised to find that there is NO entry fee! You pay for the special exhibits and experiences that you want, such as the Omnimax or flight simulator or Lego Mindstorms. Our son has a membership to our science museum and this allowed him and his family free access to the "kid zone" and free parking. The little boys loved the hands-on area. There are numerous hands-on activities, a giant Rube Goldberg machine, and access to the planetarium. Truly something for everyone.

Visited August 2013
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