- The quietest times during the school year are weekday afternoons.
- Sunny weekends during the summer are usually less crowded.
- Nice weather weekends during the fall and spring are quieter times as well. The museum is most crowded during school breaks and inclement weather days.
Multimedia, interactive, and hands-on exhibits in twelve galleries are offered at this learning laboratory housed in a 40,000-square-foot facility. You can blow big bubbles, explore the senses, dance to music from all over the world, or be a TV star at the Communication Station.
My three-year-old daughter actually really enjoyed herself in the bubble area. She went back to it again and again, and loved the huge bubbles that you can make with their giant circle wands. We also enjoyed the add-on class. For an extra $3 (non-member), she sat in on a story, which was well told by an experienced elementary school teacher who asked interesting questions throughout, followed by an art project. We also enjoyed the disabilities section upstairs, where we played on a braille machine, typing out our names. Upstairs also held the largest block collection we've seen yet on our travels and my daughter spent a good amount of time there as well. The cafe does not offer food, except for the vending machine sort, so do plan to bring your own.
Small museum has interesting display on different types of sand from around the nation, a netted catwalk, a bubble area and simulated beach. The full-body bubble was a bust though because it wouldn't go past my son's knees before popping.
Among others, there are sections on patterns, music (including playable instruments), the sea, human body, visual distortions, and telephones.
Would have gotten a 3 star rating except for two things:
1. The complete section devoted to teaching about handicapped life and how disabilities are more "differentabilities" than actual inability to live a "normal" life.
2. The newsroom that actually allows children to put on a simulated newscast. Teleprompters, "green screen" technology, and working microphones kept my son engaged for almost an hour.