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Maryland Science Center
Based on 428 traveler reviews
Educational and Fun for the Whole Family
Feb 22, 2015 by: Ted S from Dagsboro, Delaware
This might not be the biggest science center I have attended but I was struck by the unusually thoughtful engagement on the part of kids I watched working their way through the exhibits. Too often kids will mindlessly push, pull, spin, and otherwise try to control anything their hands can grab without paying attention to what's happening and why. Somehow these exhibits are more effective than many at turning on the grey matter! Lots of variety is found here from dinosaurs to a fascinating exhibit on the wildlife of the Chesapeake Bay. The IMAX theater offered an excellent film on the Lemurs of Madagascar and the planetarium introduced the possibility of life in outer space. Take advantage of many hallway hands-on activities and the science shed for guided experiments. The lunch cafe had the slowest cooked hamburger ever seen in captivity but the opportunity to sit down was much needed. Plan to spend the day (take the time to understand the exhibits) and don't forget the excellent science store where you could stock up for birthdays and Christmases. The modern building is right on the famed Inner Harbor but be sure to get a map because the three story structure is confusing and easy to get lost in.
Educational with Hands on Opportunities
Feb 12, 2015 by: Shane L from South Williamsport, Pennsylvania
We visited the Maryland Science Center on a rather busy day with young children, so we did not really get to investigate all that it has to offer. However the exhibits we did see/use made for educational fun. My family and I had a great time.
We all became kids
Feb 11, 2015 by: Amber B from Oxford, Pennsylvania
There was so much to do & see. Great for all ages. Best part was that my family played together & explored together.
Great learning spot
Feb 06, 2015 by: Bob O from Odenton, Maryland, United States
I chaperoned a school trip & was pleasantly surprised. There are plenty of activities for the kids to interact with-in a vast array of areas of study. The only drawback is that the kids need to take the time to read the displays & they are too busy having fun to do so. The exhibits are colorful, interesting & informative. Not a bad cafe, either. The typical gift shop is pricey but offers tons of items to tempt the kids. An added bonus is some of the best views of the inner harbor. Definitely worth checking out (but I recommend small groups).
Great for kids under 10
Feb 01, 2015 by: nothinggreen from Fairfax, Virginia
We love this place. We have a family membership and usually spend a weekend day when we are in town. We've been 5 or 6 times and we still haven't seen it all. One of our favorites is the kid's room on the top floor. There are plenty of activities for younger kids. We also like try the different activities that are setup "on the fly" inside and outside through out the day. The restaurant is ok and is the best option since everything else is a bit of a walk. The IMAX movies are enjoyable at only $4 per person if you have a membership. The planetarium is fun.
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