Tourists and locals looking for hands-on science activities should look no further than MOSI in Tampa, Florida. This science museum features a fun array of exhibits, activities and special events, including an annual chocolate festival. Here are five fun highlights you can expect to experience during your visit there.
The IMAX Dome
Seeing a movie in any IMAX theater is cool enough, but with an IMAX dome the fun factor is seriously amped up. We saw an Ibn Battuta movie there during a limited world-wide screening, and the extra dimension it brought to the experience was phenomenal. MOSI features a variety of educational films on a regular basis at this theater, with special ticket discounts available to members.
The High-Wire Bike
Suspended thirty feet above the ground on a steel cable, this ninety-eight-foot-long riding experience is a fun thrill for kids of all ages. Itís a cool stopover on a day-long tour of the museum, and perfect for breaking up the more information-heavy exhibits.
One of the first things astronomy enthusiasts zero in on when visiting MOSI in Tampa is the Saunders Planetarium. Offering multiple sky and star shows daily, itís perfect for those not able to work in a visit to the Kennedy Space Center or the Astronaut Hall of Fame. Itís also a great way to break up a full day at MOSI. If the kids are getting a little fried and know you have lots more to see, then taking a break from the climbing and experimenting for a cool space show is just the ticket to rejuvenate.
The Sky Trails Ropes Course
Searching for some zany, zip line fun? MOSI in Tampa has an interactive outdoor exhibit called the Sky Trails Ropes Course. Great for those who love sliding through the air with the greatest of ease . . . as long as they have a safety backup. After visit to the IMAX dome theater or Planetarium, let the kids burn off some steam on the ropes course. If you need them good and tired before lunch, this is one of your best bets.
The Kids in Charge Zone
This zone is full of the types of hands-on conceptual science experiences most people expect when they hear the words science museum.† With gear stools for toddlers, flight displays, Egyptian hieroglyphics and a life-sized checker board, the Kids in Charge Zone is the largest childrenís science center in the country. Definitely worth the annual membership for parents who would rather their children spend the day learning than at the mall guzzling soda and shopping for candy.
Photo Credit: Trek Houndís photographers snapped these images of the Tampa Museum of Science and Industry during a day trip to investigate the venue for readers. You can find these and other travel images available through a creative commons agreement on our sister web site, Pictures of Travel Places.