These Science Museums Are Actually Fun for Kids

August 11, 2014 3:50 PM

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These Science Museums Are Actually Fun for Kids

Got an aspiring astronaut in your brood? We promise they will love the Adler, which has the distinction of being America’s first planetarium. Let the little ones learn about the sun, moons, stars, planets and all with hands-on exhibits, interactive zones and crawl-through craters in the popular "Our Solar System" exhibit. Discover the history of astronomy and telescopes, or take a walk through the farthest corners of our universe without leaving Chicago’s Museum Campus. Going to be in town for a few days? Check out the Adler’s awesome lineup of summer camps, including Girls Tech Camps and Astro Explorers sessions, lasting anywhere from two days to a week. Get there: 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, Ill., 312.922.7827, www.adlerplanetarium.org (Courtesy Adler Planetarium)

The largest hands-on science center on the West Coast, the California Science Center is home to a plethora of exhibits ranging from biology to technology to astronomy, a 7-story IMAX theater, and as of 2012, the space shuttle Endeavour. The center’s newest gallery, Ecosystems, explores familiar back...

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