Saint Louis Science Center (D. Lancaster)
Investigate, explore, and engage with science through fun and interactive learning experiences. Seven hundred-plus interactive experiences, live science demonstrations and special exhibitions, plus the exhibit Grow! that follows food from field to table. Plan to spend at least half a day. General admission to the Saint Louis Science Center is free; fee for the OMNIMAX® Theater ($10-$9), Discovery Room ($5), James S. McDonnell Planetarium shows ($5-$6). Open daily.
Highlights and Tips:
- You could spend the entire visit in the lobby watching balls roll around the Energizer Machine, the fantastic gizmo they've assembled to entertain folks waiting to buy tickets for some of the ticketed stuff, like the giant-screen Omnimax Theater, special exhibits and Planetarium shows. You can also try using your energy to lift balls into the machine at the Energizer Wheel.
- You might like to watch volunteers as they prepare real dinosaur fossils and learn about all things Jurassic at the Dana Brown Fossil Prep Lab in the Ecology & Environment section.
- It's hard to miss the life-size animatronic Tyrannosaurus rex scaring kids on the lower level, and it's right next to the earth science area where you can watch a tornado form before your eyes and feel an earthquake beneath your feet.
- Math aficionados might like to track down the Math Cart in the Human Adventure area, loaded with brain-teasing tangrams, number puzzles, logical puzzles and other math bafflers.
- End your visit in the 8-person Pulseworks Simulator in the walkway leading to the Planetarium, where you can choose from a roller coaster fantasy ride through the solar system, an aircraft carrier takeoff in an f-18 Super Hornet and more. Or you can experience what it's like to fly through the Gateway Arch through fully immersive simulators, the only way to fly through the Arch without risking jail time.