If at first you don’t succeed, play, play again. In June the Saint Louis Science Center unveiled Makerspace, a new exhibit dedicated to those with curious minds and the soul of an inventor. Children can create small parachutes to fly in a compressed air tube, experiment with wind while playing air ball, design and race their own sailboats, build robotic creations and more. With colorful, hands-on activities, the Makerspace is a fun place to teach children about the principles behind invention through playing, building, adapting, modifying and working together. Admission to Makerspace is free.
Those planning a trip to the Science Center with younger children should also book exploration time in the Discovery Room, which received an overhaul earlier this year. Kids ages 1-8 can climb through a two-story rocket ship, peer into a saltwater aquarium and act out their favorite story in the new shadow theater. Tickets for 45-minute sessions in the Discovery Room are $4.
Through Sept. 7, older children and adults will enjoy the Science Center’s visiting exhibits, “Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code” and “Alien Worlds and Androids.” Through replicas and multi-media exhibits, “Genome” explains how genomic science is helping researchers treat disease outbreaks and gain a better understanding of cancer. Though the exhibit is geared to older children, teens and adults, one-on-one interactions and activities presented by Science Center staff and volunteers make this a fun stop for younger visitors as well. Admission to “Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code” is free.
Science fiction fans can learn more about the scientific facts behind their favorite films at “Alien Worlds and Androids.” The exhibit explores the age-old question, “Are we alone in the universe?,” with information from NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The real treat is memorabilia from beloved hit films, including “Alien,” “Iron Man,” “Star Wars” and “Terminator.” No visit is complete without a selfie with C-3PO. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children.
What does the future hold for humanoids? Find out at “ROBOTS,” now showing on the big screen at the Saint Louis Science Center’s OMNIMAX® Theater. Explore working robotics labs around the world, learn more about the latest developments in robotics and even meet some lovable humanoids in this fascinating look at the future of robotics.
With all the new additions to the Saint Louis Science Center, a perennial visitor favorite continues to be the OLDEST member of the museum, Mr. T. Rex, who was still getting plenty of requests for photos with fans on a recent visit. “Jurassic World” fans are also sure to “dig” the nearby Fossil Prep Lab and Dig Site.
Admission to the Science Center is free. The Saint Louis Science Center is located at 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, MO, 63110. Call 314-289-4400 for more information.
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