My family and I decided to spend my birthday weekend taking a day trip to Richmond to enjoy the Science Museum of Virginia. If you haven't been, this is a massive, breathtaking science museum with so many hands on opportunities for kids. It wasn't our first trip to the museum, and it won't be our last. The museum is a venue that can grow with families from tots to teens, and we recommend it as one of the best museums in the entire state for families!
The Science Museum of Virginia website does a wonderful job describing the exhibits, which contain many components and sub-exhibits. Here are some highlights:
* The Idea Factory: Kids just adore this exhibit with building fun, physics, sound and light experiments, and an imagination playground.
* Out of this World: Learn about planets and the atmosphere on a screen that is a giant sphere at "Science on a Sphere." Explore gravity, pressure, the earth's rotation and more at many, many hands-on exhibits.
* The Body Human: From healthy eating, to the human mind, DNA, and more. This section of the museum focuses on the science of people.
* Creatures: Interact with real animals and enjoy presentations with creatures. (See museum's daily schedule for details.)
*Boost: My family's favorite part of the museum! Upon entering, everyone gets a card with a unique QR code and this giant exhibit has tons of interactive components from mind games, speed, music, strength, balance, and more. It is a lot of fun with a lot to see and do. Be patient and expect to wait your turn.
Other traveling exhibits and films in the exclusive "Dome" rotate throughout the year. Check the museum website for the latest details.
Science Museum of Virginia
2500 West Broad Street
Richmond VA 23220-2057
Hours of operation:
Tuesday - Saturday, 9:30 am – 5 pm
Sunday, 11:30 am – 5 pm
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