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Source: CoolMomTech

CoolMomTech put together this list of seven STEM education museums around the US that are great for children. These are a few of the over 600 Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) museums, that encourage both children and adults to indulge in hands-on science!

ASTC is partnered with FritoLay to provide free kid’s pass to any of these museums with the purchase of a Frito-Lay 2 Go variety pack.

  1. The Franklin Institute: Philadelphia, PA
    Includes 12 galleries, ranging from electricity to the human body; highlights include LEGO art from the Brick exhibit, and The Science Behind Pixar, giving children a look into the creative process of their favorite films.
  2. CuriOdyssey: San Mateo, CA
    Highlights include interactive exhibits covering nature and wildlife; gives visitors an up-close look at native, Californian wildlife.
  3. Intrepid Sea, Air + Space Museum: New York, NY
    “Kids go nuts getting to hang out aboard a real aircraft carrier, then sit in 28 authentically restored planes and jets of all kinds, along with a real submarine.” Includes a ‘Space Shuttle Pavilion.’
  4. Ecotarium: Worcester, MA
    Features nature and animal exhibits as well as a highlight attraction – the Planetarium. The museum expands over “55 acres of land including woodlands, ponds, meadows and marshes.”
  5. COSI: The Center of Science and Industry: Columbus, OH
    “Voted America’s #1 science center by Parents Magazine”; the museum offers tons of interactive programs, including Camp-ins. Highlights includes special exhibits and resources for persons with IDD to cater to all visitors.
  6. Fernbank Museum of Natural History: Atlanta, GA
    Highlights include interactions with live animals, and a historical look at nature.
  7. Arizona Science Center: Phoenix, AZ
    “Features topics from Roller Coaster Engineering, to DNA Forensics, and Cooking Science.” Includes the Evans Family Skycycle on a tightrope for children and adults to ride!

Read full story at: CoolMomTech

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