Look for the yellow and green dinosaur next to the water tower and you know you have found Imaginarium, a hands-on science ... More
Imaginarium Science Center
Look for the yellow and green dinosaur next to the water tower and you know you have found Imaginarium, a hands-on science museum for kids of all ages. Try your hand at being a weatherman, excavate a T-Rex in the "dig pit" or chart a course on a boat. The simple explanations make learning fun and easy to understand. There is even a living coral reef and alligator lagoon. Admission is USD8 for adults, USD7 for seniors and USD5 for children under 12. Parking is free.
I have two girls, two and four years-old. They had the greatest time! It was inexpensive and we could have spent the entire day there. The 3 D movie cracked my four year-old up. They loved seeing the different reptiles and petting/feeding the sting rays. I loved walking outside and relaxing in a nice atmosphere while they fed the huge gorgeous coy, turtles and swans. Then we went to the section dedicated to sciences. The kids built their own roller coasters, operated mock construction equipment and played endlessly with the other hands on stations. They got to touch a "cloud." And we went inside of both the thunderstorm and hurricane simulators. When I tired out we retired to "Tiny Town." I was disappointed by the hurricane simulator (basically just a big fan.) And the 3D glasses were impossible to keep on my kids heads without my holding them, and I wish they had even more exhibits. But those are small things trust me. It was such a pleasant experience. We will be going back. BTW I spent $12.
I've seen too many good children's Imaginarium-type places, this one is very rinky-dink. If you've experienced big-city children's entertainment, you won't be impressed with this. On the other hand, if you haven't, then it'll be a fun way to kill a few hours w/ the kids.
This place was great! They have an IMAX theater and hands on exhibits!! The value was great! Good family fun..definitely will go back! The atmoshpere was family oriented and pleasing. There were fish tanks and animal exhibits as well! A dinosaur fossil dig was the highlight of our visit..
I love the Imaginarium. I moved away form Fort Myers recently and even at 18 years old I still had to visit one more time. I suggest every parent who visits Fort Myers takes their children to the Imaginarium. The exhibits are all very interactive and fun and for a great price your children (and you!) could spend all day learning about science.
Don't be deceived by glossy pamphlets, or a nice web site
By A Yahoo Contributor, 1/26/05
Perhaps I'm spoiled by Boston's Science Museum, Aquarium and Children's Museum, but I found the Imaginarium quite disappointing. It's very small. You'll be done in under an hour. Many exhibits are not in working order. The woman giving the hands-on presentation about horseshoe crabs and some other sealife had no speaking skills, and did not seem to like or understand children. The "films" in the theater were ancient video tapes projected onto a large screen. Even when new they'd be grainy, but these were so old that the images were difficult to see and the sound was so garbled that you literally could not understand a word the narrator said.
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