Places to Go - Maryland Science Center (Baltimore, MD)


A few weeks ago, my husband and I took the kids to Maryland Science Center, located right on the Inner Harbor, and everyone in the family had a wonderful time. First of all, the museum has a LARGE kids' room complete with "underwater" caves, waterplay, an upstairs fishing/boating area, train table, and several other fun activities (including an aquarium-themed baby room). Seriously, this room alone warrants a trip, my kids can play in it for hours. Museum Admission also includes entry to the planetarium where a rotating series of shows plays every hour to two hours (at 1:00 everyday the planetarium shows Sesame Street's One World, One Sky, perfect for the under 6 crowd). Regarding exhibits, the museum hosts a large dinosaur exhibit (where you can dig for "fossils"), a series of hands-on exhibits entitled "Newton's Alley" (T, in particular, loved the cloud-making machine pictured above), a great outer space exhibit (the girls are fascinated by Pluto's loss of planetness), and several other activities and things to do. A reasonably-priced cafe means you can extend any visit for hours. Due to the diversity of the exhibits both older and younger children will have a great time. Basic admission (excluding IMAX and special exhibits) is $14.95 for adults and $11.95 for children 3-12, though much more pricey than the Smithsonian Natural History Museum (which is free), it's worth the price as there is a lot more hands-on, kid-focused stuff to do than at the Smithsonian. For more information, click here.


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