Niagara Power Project Visitor Center (Lewiston)

Did you know that besides being one of the great wonders of the world, Niagara Falls is also a huge source of hydro-electric power? We learned all about how energy is harvested from the power of the rushing water with a visit to the Niagara Power Project Visitor Center located just 4 miles downstream in the Niagara river gorge. I highly recommend stopping here if you have any one in your party interested in science … [Read more...]

Wonderworks (Orlando)

Florida

After escaping from the Disney complex of parks and hotels and the overload of all things Disney,  fearing that we would be brainwashed and turned into Disney zombies, we were thrilled to find Wonderworks, which refreshingly had absolutely NOTHING to do with Disney. (Sorry all you Disney fans, I am not a hater, but there can be too much of a good thing).  Wonderworks is a science based fun house type activity zone … [Read more...]

The Health Museum (Houston)

Texas

The Health Museum is a wonderful museum where you learn all about the human body…where YOU are the exhibit. Head to toe, you will find out how everything works and how to take care of the most fascinating machine in the world—the human body.  This museum was super educational on many levels and reminded me a lot of that old ride at Disneyland called Inner Space which sadly no longer exists.  I remember it well … [Read more...]

The Exploration Place (Wichita)

The Exploration Place (Wichita)

Because we had some time to kill before our baseball game, we decided to check out yet another science museum. Mona, her kids and my son Isaac decided to hang back at the hotel and chill out for a bit, while Lilia and Joel and I soldiered on heading to The Exploration Place.  Oddly enough as we were about to enter this very kid friendly science museum, there was a sign on the door that featured a handgun with a red … [Read more...]

Omniplex Science Museum of Oklahoma (Oklahoma City)

Destination #6: Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma

The Omniplex Science Museum of Oklahoma is another terrific science museum. The truth is, I probably would not have stopped here since we’d already seen a bunch of these on other trips, but it was AIR CONDITIONED and we needed a break from the blazing hot Oklahoma heat. There are lots of activities and constantly changing exhibits and a really cool Imax theater, so if you aren’t too jaded already, you should … [Read more...]

OMSI – Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (Portland)

Destination: Washington and Oregon

OMSI is probably the best science museum my kids and I have ever been to. It has tons of terrific, engaging, hands-on exhibits. Unlike most science museums that highlight concepts with a million buttons to push (which don't really engage the kids, all they're interested in is pushing the buttons) the exhibits here really encouraged learning. Lilia sat at an exhibit and learned all about money. The boys enjoyed … [Read more...]

National Museum of Nuclear Science and History (Albuquerque)

Destination #4: New Mexico and Colorado

When we visited the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History it was known as the National Atomic Museum.  Initially Shari's daughter Maya was a little flipped out because she thought it was all about atomic bombs which are scary. Well, we did learn about the atomic bomb but we also learned a lot about the atom and how it's power can also be used for good like in x-rays.  I am not sure how much of the museum … [Read more...]