Billions and billions of stars twinkle over Ithaca every evening, but to get a closer view of the planets, you’ll have to take a walk. Stretching 1,200 meters from the Ithaca Commons to the Sciencenter is the Sagan Planet Walk, named for astronomer Carl Sagan. On a scale of one to five billion, the sun and nine planets are accurately sized and spaced and marked by monuments displaying fascinating facts and photos. Pick up a “Passport to the Solar System” at the Sciencenter or various other locations for
$2.00 and get it stamped at each planet, and you’ll receive a souvenir button and one free admission to the Sciencenter. (607) 272–0600; www.sciencenter.org/saganpw/.
This place is great for young children, endless activities. Place is getting kinda old though. needs a remodel and new activities. It is great for nice days, all the kids love the wonderful outside jungle gym, which is huge! The only problem is the price, there is nothing for children under 2 to do but they still charge for them.
We visited this musuem in the winter time 2 years ago and had a great time. There is an entire outdoor play area including miniature golf that is only open in the summer. It looked really fun, so we'll plan a trip there again this summer to try it out. My daughters favorite memory from our trip was getting to hold real sea creatures such as starfish. That exhibit is only open at certain times, so be sure to call or check the website if that is something you were interested in. The animal room was nice too. There were reptiles and bugs, as well as beautiful fish to look at. There is something for all ages here. I don't recall a place inside to eat (maybe snacks from the gift shop), so you may want to bring some with you just in case.
Ahhhh...learning AND having fun at the same time: that's what this museum is about. Kids can explore all the hands-on exhibits, and they're learning about science, too! There is also a little space designated just for toddlers. Toddlers can splash their hands around in the "duckie pool," experiment with vacuums, and much more. There is also a cute little recycling nook where kids can make crafts from recyclables.
IF you're looking for something to do with your hands and eyes and ears then this is the place for you. There is so much to do you don't know where to begin. There are things to do outside as well that are just as fun. A great family place for all ages, especially elementary school ages. Bring your lunch as well.