I visited Sci –Quest Hands-on Science Center recently with my two boys (5.5 yrs and 21 mths.) This museum was filled with a series of hands-on science stations. My oldest is bonkers over science and science experiments, so I knew he would love it. I was right! He is still talking out it a week later!
There are probably 50 different stations, all on one level in this museum. There were many more than I could talk about here. I’ll share with you the highlights of my boy’s favorite exhibits.
The boys rode on the earthquake bench over a dozen times. It was an ordinary bench that looked like one you might find in a park, complete with overhanging lamp. They hit a button, which caused the bench to shake back and forth, slowly at first, then faster and faster, and back to slow, then stop. The first time they rode it, their eyes bugged out with surprise. Each subsequent time was more and more fun for them, and gave me the opportunity to discuss plate tectonics with the older one over lunch.
There was a newsroom, with an anchor desk and green screen. With several props, they were able to give a weather report and see themselves real time.
My youngest was most happy at the bubble station. Thanks to a small stool, he was able to enjoy making HUGE bubbles! A xylophone station was next to the bubble station, and my oldest played tunes here while baby made bubbles.
The oldest really got into the Grossology exhibits, learning about “toots” and burps and such. All in the name of science, of course!
THOUGHTS ON AGES
My 21 month old was probably too young to enjoy this museum by himself, but with an older brother to follow around, he had a ball. He enjoyed the instruments and the bubble station. There would have been a few more things he could do at age three. My other son, almost 6, was just on the cusp of the sweet spot for this museum. I think Kindergarteners and older have the most to gain from Sci-Quest. There was a 6th grade field trip while we were there, and the kids were having a blast.
MORE THAN EXHIBITS
For folks who live in the area, there is the added benefit of all the programming Sci-Quest offers. We learned about Science Weekends, Parents’ Night Out events, Engineering Challenge Studios, Science Sleepovers, Homeschool Programs, and much more! I wish we had something like this closer to home; we would be regulars!
I’m a homeschooling mom, who is a firm believer in making learning exciting and entertaining. Sci-Quest did just that for my boys. We studied geology, computer science, anatomy, chemistry, and much more….and my guys were oblivious! They just thought we were having fun! We will hit this place again when we go back to Huntsville, and recommend it for your family also, especially those 5 and older.
I received complimentary tickets from Sci-Quest in order to give you the scoop. As always, this review is honest and completely my own.