This interactive museum provides entertainment for the entire family. Located in Union Station, the newly created Science ... More
This interactive museum provides entertainment for the entire family. Located in Union Station, the newly created Science City provides interactive displays where visitors learn about astronaut and sports training, weather, history and other scientific phenomena. Divided into five sections, each with a different theme, the museum provides hands-on experiences for children of all ages, proving that learning about science can be fun, as well as educational. The new City Nights Theater adds to the experience.
We got in free via a promotion, but I thought I should give others a heads up. Some of the reviews from years back, sadly, haven't been read and corrected by the management of Science City. There is still broken or inoperative equipment throughout that is poorly explained or just a mystery all together. The areas that are cool for the kids are an annoyance for the adults, ie the music center is located where the echo is heard throughout the facility. One bad 'piano' player can ruin the trip in my opinion, especially if you are sensitive to consistent shrill sound. The water table is a great idea and definitely a highlight, but please can we have a stand with some anti-bacterial for those that are brave enough to 'test the waters'? Perhaps on a stand with an informative science-type sign that talks about cooties would make it fit right in! There really isn't enough interactive or science learning to make the trip worth the full cost. I recommend going, in not just to see the station itself, but get discount tickets or see a special exhibit. I am unclear if the Worlds of Fun Coaster exhibit is part of SC, but it made the whole experience enjoyable! A must see!
We have just purchased our second year of membership to this children's museum. The kids, now 2 and 5, always really enjoy going, begging to go. Some of the exhibits are rather boring, even for older kids (Okay, I looked at it for 30 seconds, now I'm done) For example, the weather station really doesn't have a lot going on, mostly just a forecast and a few measly weather models, and the space center exhibit also is mostly a walk-through type exhibit.
However, some of the exhibits are cool for all ages (an exhibit on crime science and optical illusions are fascinating), and some are mostly for the kids (a water table and fossil dig regularly occupy my children for a half hour, after which I have to drag them away, but they definitely need more seating for adults!) There is an exhibit on fossils and their excavation with a view of a real fossil lab, a small nature center with live animals, a nice view of the Kansas City railroad and its history, a musical park, a miniature golf course, and an electricity show that is free with a regular admission.
On weekday mornings, it feels like you have the place to yourself. It gets more crowded in the afternoons, but not terrible unless a huge group comes in. Weekends are crowded, but the exhibits can still be enjoyed.
The only science center I can compare this to is the Omniplex in Oklahoma City, which I do think has more real science to it, but the kids and grown-ups will enjoy this. Remember that it closes at 5:30, and is closed completely on Monday. Plan to spend all day, especially if you purchase tickets to the theater. There are a few choices to dine in Union Station, the most kid-friendly and reasonably priced being Harvey House, but if you take the 15-minute SkyWalk to Crown Center, there are a huge number of choices, including Crayola Cafe and Fritz's Railroad Restaurant. On weekends, parking at Crown Center is free, so we always park there and walk so we don't have to pay parking (cheapskates, I know!)
Our Girl Scout troop went to the Science Center located in Union Station a few years ago. We were able to reserve the entire Science Center just for the girls for two days and we were able to spend the night in the center. Some girls slept in caves, others slept in the sewer drains and holes. This was a very fun trip for the kids.
Even before we had a child I've enjoyed going to Science City. My fiance' and I have so much fun...and we still find fun facts to learn. It is multi-leveled, so once you get bored on one floor you have two more to explore. I would recommend Science City to others, though it can be a bit pricey. I believe the last time we went it was around $30.00 for two adults.
What an interesting way to spend a few hours. The kids will love it and learn a lot. We especially liked the mystery hotel with the booklet telling you what to look for inside and the scientific reasons that even kids can understand.
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