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As Albert Einstein said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” As a mom to two very inquisitive young kids, I am asked a lot of questions, many of which are science-based, and I honestly don’t understand it well enough myself. This is one reason why I love visiting museums like the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science.
This unique, interactive museum, just two hours away across Alligator Alley, has exhibits that will impress, educate and connect all age groups with the world of science and technology. The Frost museum’s vision is to create compelling STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) exhibits that inspire learning and innovation and encourage people to explore real, rigorous science.
Families should expect to spend several hours to a full day here experiencing the eye-opening, interactive fun spread out over six levels. In addition to all the exhibits, there is a nice dining venue for lunch and movies playing in the planetarium.
Here are several must-do activities while exploring the Frost Museum of Science.
Go to the Roof
Located in a shady canopy atop the building is a birds-of-prey exhibit. It is home mostly to injured rescues undergoing rehab. You will be treated to amazing rooftop views of the city at the same time.
Launch Paper Planes
Who doesn’t love a good competition with paper airplanes? Part of the Feathers to the Stars exhibit, the paper airplanes you construct here teach you the principles of aerodynamics by using a launcher to push the paper planes into the air. The exhibit also features an assortment or dinosaurs, including a life-size replica of a yutyrannus huali; a rocket launcher; and several other flying-related concepts.
Take your time in the Aquarium
The aquarium at the Frost Museum of Science has three levels of tanks with both indoor and outdoor exhibits that mimic a variety of Florida ecosystems. Each level offers a different view of sea life: from above, beside and below. My favorite part is the 31-foot-wide oculus that gives you the vantage point of peering up into the Gulf Stream.
Explore the Everglades Through Play
The River of Grass exhibit is perfect for the youngest visitors. A South Florida wilderness scene is projected onto a wall, so that kids can interact with the simulated animals—from panthers to alligators. Just outside of this exhibit in the hallway, children can experiment with the physics of water. The goal is to teach young people about environmental science, and this installation helps them understand hydrology and the importance of water tables in keeping native species alive.
Get Tickets to the Planetarium
If you are a planetarium buff, then you will be impressed with this one. It is one of only 13 like it in the world. The dome uses a 16-million-color 8K projection system, has six 3D-capable projectors and is tilted forward at 23.5 degrees, allowing a 67-foot span to fill your field of vision, creating a nearly 360-degree view of the screen from any of the 250 seats. The shows range from space trips to deep dives, and they feel very real.
Jump Around the Luminous Dance Floor
On the museum’s first level, a dance floor begs kids to run across (or do handstands and snow angels on) it. With every step on the interactive floor, orange and yellow concentric circles emanate from your feet (or hands), illuminating for guests how many steps it takes to burn off breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Surrounding this unique floor is the MeLaß exhibit, where you learn how bodies work and how diet affects health. I was able to show my son how his brain activity changes when he is well-rested versus when he is tired, which answered one of his recent questions, “Why do I need to go to bed so early?”
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
- Tickets are $29 for adults, $20 for kids ages 3-11 and free for kids 2 and under. Get your tickets online to avoid really long lines.
- Parking is additional and expensive—remember, it’s Miami!
- Museum hours are 9:30 am- 5:30 pm every day of the year.
FOR MORE INFO
Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
305-434-9600; frostscience.orgMandy Carter is a local mom with a passion for family travel, a popular travel blogger including her own family blog at Acupful.com, and the Managing Editor for TOTI Media.