In addition to exhibits, we saw a free laser light presentation sponsored by Lucent Technologies the day we visited the museum. A young employee was able to make fiberoptics an interesting subject as she explained to kids the practical uses of light. Children "oohhhhed" and "ahhhed" at laser light traveling through long glass strands that looked like a ponytail of hair. Light separated through a prism created rainbows on the wall. Kids were asked to help with the different presentations, thus they were kept involved and interested. Best of all, the presentation was exactly the right length of time--15 minutes tops--for a squirming crowd of children who were learning something new.
For younger kids, there is a KIDS'' PLACE. Only children under 6 are allowed to play in the giant sandbox here, on the computers that are built to be a little guy''s size. There is also an animal section (big kids welcomed here, too) with lives birds and bunnies to view. Aspiring actors can dress up in animal costumes if they want to!
The IMAX and planetarium at the Science Place have an extra charge attached, but combo tickets are available.
Tip: On the day of your Science Place visit, bring a lunch (or buy something at the snack bar) and eat under the trees behind the museum. Your kids will like looking at the turtles swimming in the lake!
We spent the better part of the day at the Science Place, and the two boys with me would''ve been happy to stay longer.
July 24, 2002
From journal A Family Experience in Dallas