If you are looking to add a bit of educational excitement to your Orlando vacation, consider stopping by the Orlando Science Center. Four floors of interactive features, fresh rotating exhibits, technology, experiments, and discoveries abound. Major perk: the entire facility is indoors and out of the Orlando heat! Score cheap tickets to Orlando and get ready to learn.
The museum houses a large collection of featured permanent exhibits to get your kids interested in learning like you've never seen them before: Discover reptiles at NatureWorks; dig for prehistoric dinosaur bones at DinoDigs; explore planetary systems in Our Planet, Our Universe; get hands on with typically conceptual ideas like magnetism, lasers, and soundwaves in the Science Park. The littlest visitors to the museum will love checking out KidsTown, a pint sized world just perfect for small explorers.
In addition to offering an amazing variety of hands on exhibits, the museum is also famous for its Science Live! programming where visitors can interact with staff and volunteers to help make the most of the exhibits and their educational involvement. Current Science Live! programs include Digital Adventure Theater stage shows, DinoSafaris, StoryTime, Science Stations, Messy Afternoons, tabletop demonstrations, and animal interactions.
One of the country's most sought after museum locations, the traveling exhibits that come through the Orlando Science Center are top notch. Currently, Blue Man Group-Making Waves and Adventures with Clifford: The Big Red Dog are bringing to life the science and fun of two well known brands.
Not sure where to start at the museum? Take advantage of their online age recommender to get activities and exhibits planned out for your range-of-age little ones well in advance. A full service casual restaurant and gift shop are on site.
The Orlando Science Center is open daily at 10am. Adult admission starts at $19, while kids begin at $13. Admission includes exhibits, digital films, and even one Hollywood movie per visit.
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