Roam through the Dinosaur Gallery and come face-to-face with a 36 foot Tyrannosaurus rex model. Discover Earth's masterpieces in the Gem and Mineral Gallery. Enjoy touch labs featuring aquatic life. Visit live snakes, amphibians and sea creatures. Wander though Animal Discovery, our new outdoor zoological park, and come face to face with tigers, gibbons, wallabies, lemurs, howler monkeys and many, many others!
Explore Kids Alley (ages 5 and under) and interact with exciting traveling exhibits . Take a trip to the stars in the OmniSphere Theater or view the sun in the solar observatory. Find unusual gifts and educational toys for imaginative minds in the Thesaurus Shoppe.
The facility offers plenty of free parking, an indoor area for lunch and is handicap accessible. Adjacent to Country Park, the site also offers outdoor picnic facilities, a modern playground, two small lakes and nature trails.
Children under age 2: FREE!
This is a nice science center which just opened an aquarium area last year. It's not in downtown Greensboro, but in a residential area which makes it a little inconvenient to get to. Staff is really knowledgeable, the exhibits are fun, easy to walk around. The animals outside look well taken care of. If you have a zoo/science center membership from another facility check and see if you get in here free.
We had a blast!!!! My 3 year old and 6 year old love this museum!! We enjoyed seeing the animals and they especially liked the Tigers. We also were able to attend a hands on animal presentation which was fun. I can't wait to go see the Body exhibit!! Great place for Family fun and it's educational!!
The Natural Science Center has really improved itself with the addition of the outdoor zoo in the last couple of years. My daughter, age 7, loves this museum. She's been several times with us and on school field trips. She loves the outdoor zoo, the dinosaur room and the hands on activities. It is worth the money. Also, now that there is a certified zoo on site, it is reciprocal with other zoo membership programs. Check online before your visit for information.
You can probably make a day out of a visit to the Natural Science Center of Greensboro. It’s a real treat to visit this hands-on museum, zoo, and planetarium. If your kids like dinosaurs, and they probably do, they’ll love visiting the fine dinosaur gallery as much as they’ll like the snakes and amphibians at the herpetarium and the crabs and sea urchins in the touch tank.
Here and at the touch labs they’ll learn a lot about minerals and gems. The kids can meet animals up close at the petting zoo, where they will find donkeys, rabbits, goats, and more. They can also see a black bear and a jaguar at the zoo. The Edward R. Zane Planetarium is always ready to show an entertaining and educational show under its own stars.
The zoo at the Science and Nature Center is wonderful. It is the perfect size for younger children. The exhibits are close together and the animals are easy to see. The tigers are very close which both thrilling and scary for small ones. The Discovery Center petting zoo is great for tiny hands. The inside of the museum is a bit dated although the dinosaur display is still exciting for the younger ones. The lunch area is not very appealing to eat in as it is not lit well. I would suggest having a picnic in the park behind the musuem.
The zoo is definitely the highlight of the Science Center. Its a great smaller sized zoo with great animals and newly built so everything looks modern. The inside is a different story. I think all the exhibits have been around for YEARS! They seem outdated. The indoor exhibits are fun to see but I think some renovation could be really great!
If your child loves animals, this is the place to go. They range form meerkats to tigers and wolves. They also attempt to make this a "green" place and as natural as it can be. Our new favorite is the new guniea pigs and the goats which you can go in and pet. I can't say we love the inside that much but it is definitely worth venturing out to see.
A group of us took our one-year-olds to the Science Center in the spring. We had a blast! The kids were, well, not so excited. Perhaps it was the time of day. Perhaps it was because our boys weren't all that interested in the animals. It might even have been the heat. For the outdoor part of the center, the only time they really paid any attention was the petting zoo. My son loved it- squealed with joy, which the animals didn't mind. I was impressed with the variety of animals and was lucky to see the tigers up and moving quite a bit.
The indoor exhibits were fun for us mommies again. The babies did like the fish for a few seconds, but were not impressed with the "Siamese twin" turtle. The boys did love the indoor play area with a big tabletop bead maze/rollercoaster, puppets and theater, and other toys that caught their interest.
Bottom line: for the price I suggest waiting until your kids are old enough to explore a bit on their own. When Little One is 18 months, I think we will go back and he will enjoy it almost as much as I do. But- the NC Zoo, which is a little farther drive for us, is a better value in my opinion.
Price notes: Greensboro residents get $1 off admission and must show proof of zip code. The Center does participate in a nationwide zoo member reciprocation program and offers half-off admission for members of participating zoos.
The Natural Science Center for us is a place to go when we have a few hours to kill. Some of it is great for my four year old, others are totally not appropriate for her age. We love the fish downstairs and the snakes. The petting zoo is fantastic! We always have to stop to see the dinosaurs (especially the T Rex that roars). The zoo is really great to have practically in our back yard. We never spend a long time at once at the NSC, but we do visit frequently.
If Greensboro weren't 30-40 minutes from the Asheboro Zoo, this would be a fabulous place. However, if you want to see animals, it's better to go to the zoo to see them in larger, more natural habitats. My toddler isn't old enough yet to enjoy the indoor part of the museum and if we want a play area, we go can to the Winston Mall or Oak Hollow Mall and play for free. Overall, I would say go on the free day for Greensboro residents or wait until your child is in grade school and they can more fully enjoy it.
Our family loves the outdoor part of this museum! From viewing tigers and wolves to milking a cow, it has something for every age! Inside, there are dinosaurs, large maze, children play are, and reptile room. The only downer is the lack of child friendly bathroom.
There is a lot to see here, but my son was fairly bored at 5 years old. He liked seeing the lions and some of the other animals. His favorite part was milking the plastic cow. Unfortunately this trip could not compete with this world of fast paced video games. There is a lot of potential for learning, though, if you have a child who is interested in science.
The Natural Science Center is a great way to combine an educational experience with a fun day at a museum. They have great exhibits on dinosaurs, fish and more. But what my kids love best is the ourdoor zoo area. There are tons of animals to look at, including two peacocks that walk around and display their beautiful feathers for everyone. The Natural Science Center also has lots of fun one day events, including their ever popular annual Bunny Day. Kids flock to pet and learn about rabbits. Come early because it gets crowded! It's a fun place to play and learn! Sometimes we pack a picnic lunch and take it to the within walking distance Country Park.
My kids and I have been there several times since moving to Greensboro, and I don't think we'll tire of it any time soon. It is a combination of a children's museum with a natural science theme and a small zoo. The zoo itself is worth the trip. It is very small, but the animals are in much better enclosures than I have seen at much larger, more well-known zoos. My kids will spend an hour staring at the meerkat exhibit alone. If you go outside to the zoo part a little before 4, you can help feed some of the animals. My kids love the sheep and goats best. You can go right into their pen.
The prices are very reasonable. We purchased a one year family membership.