on August 9, 2006
The Maryland Science Museum is awesome with its variety of displays for kids of all ages. There are dinosaurs on the ground floor along with interactive displays about the earth and our environment. On the upper floor, there are exhibits about the human body as well as musical sounds.But we always head straight for the top since there's a room just for kids under 2. And my daughter absolutely loves the room with its 'cave' on a waterbed-type surface and soft blocks. In another area, there are Lego's. And there's a bookshelf with lots of great books to read (although as you would expect, the books aren't in the greatest condition!). We can happily spend hours in this room -- which is a great escape on both cold winter days and hot summer days. Outside the special infant and toddlers room is the kids room which has a bunch of fun exhibits. Even my husband and I love making hand prints in the boards made with plastic needles, and it's fun to ring the doorbells and see which sounds will come out.Besides the standard exhibits, there are also traveling exhibits, which are an additional fee, and an IMAX theatre.I was so happy with the Science Center that I decided to get a year-long membership -- definitely worth it for $75/year. And not only do I get entrance into the museum in Baltimore, I get entrance into museums all over the country (see the list under http://www.astc.org/members/passlist.htm). Regular admission is $14.50.The Science Center also has special events throughout the year. We had a great time at the museum's 30th anniversary party complete with a concert, someone making balloon animals, face painting, and bubbles. There are infant/toddler and kids' story times as well.
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