Hands-On Science

Florida has many adventures for your budding scientist. Explore many hands-on experiences.  Do you have a budding astronaut at home?  Are you looking for Science experiences to bring back to your teachers?  Is science just “your thing”?  These local experiences will not disappointment.

Orlando Science Center

Orlando Science Center attracts nearly 400,000 visitors each year with dynamic and engaging content. The goal has always been to personalize the guest experience; demonstrating how science impacts everyday life. Structured programming ranges from on-site experiences that utilize exhibits, theatrical performances, classes, and events, to off-site educational programs in the schools.

www.osc.org

Open:  Thur – Tues 10am – 5pm, Closed Wed

Admission:  $19.95 Adult, $13.95 Child, Florida Teachers free with Valid credentials

Admission includes 4 floors of intereactive exhibit galleries, films in the Dr. Philips CineDome, Digital Adventure Theatre and Science Live!  Admission also includes one Hollywood Movie per visit.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is where you can see the largest rocket ever flown, touch a moon rock, meet an astronaut, and stand nose-to-nose with shuttle Atlantis all in the same day. Make it a more memorable experience by having lunch with an astronaut!

www.kennedyspacecenter.com

Open:  9am – 7 pm daily

Admission: Prices begin at $50 Adult, $40 Child.  Lunch with an Astronaut $29.99 Adult, $15.99 Child

These two attractions right down the street from the convention center.

Wonder Works

WonderWorks is an amusement park for the mind with 35,000 square feet of “edu-tainment”. The attraction combines education and entertainment with more than 100 hands on exhibits that challenge the mind and spark the imagination.  This once top-secret laboratory was located in the Bermuda triangle. An experiment gone awry lifted the laboratory carrying it to International Drive in Orlando, Florida where it landed upside down. Luckily all of the exhibits remained intact and available for guests to explore.

http://www.wonderworksonline.com/orlando/

Open: 9am – Midnight daily

Admission:  Prices begin at $26.99 Adult, $20.99 Child

Ripley’s Believe It or Not

Our amazing 10,000 square foot “Odditorium” looks like it’s falling into a Florida sinkhole! Hundreds of fascinating, outrageous and interactive exhibits will entertain the entire family. Explore an unbelievable variety of artifacts and displays in 16 unique galleries that pay tribute to the odd and strange. Marvel at our collection of weird and unusual relics and rare treasures. Self-guided, self-paced tour allows guests to fully enjoy Orlando’s most bizarre attraction.

http://www.ripleys.com/orlando/

Open:  9am – Midnight

Admission:  $19.99 Adult, $12.99 Child; discount for buying tickets online.  Free Parking!

 

Vandy Pacetti-Donelson is a Library Media Specialist. She is a Florida Native, library advocate and Board Director for the Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME). Find her online atwww.eliterateandlevelingup.com or follow her on Twitter @VandyPD.

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