Arizona Science Center

Arizona Science Center

The Arizona Science Center captivated and entertained our two grandchildren for several hours. It was fun to lean with them as they interacted with many of the more than 300 hands-on exhibits in various themed galleries. We started and ended in the atrium where several examples of water spheres and gears were located. Thomas showed no fear mounting the SkyCycle and balancing his ride along the 90 foot cable 15 feet in the air. “Get Charged Up” featured a giant lever tug-of-war and three seats demonstrating pulley power. Sarah mounted a whirling unit that made me dizzy just watching her. Thomas felt no pain while laying on a bed of 1,000 nails. “The Flight Zone” garnered a repeat visit. Thomas used an interactive screen to fly an Apache helicopter. Sarah excelled in using the paper airplane launcher. “My Digital World” had several interesting exhibits. Thomas loved kicking, virtually, tiny invading robots. Sarah warped her face using digital art. Both Thomas and Sarah showed excellent strategical thinking using digital dice playing a game reminiscent of backgammon. Sarah excelled in a mind concentration activity that involved placing a helmet on her head and moving a marble using her brain waves. The main attraction in “Forces of Nature” is a five-minute immersion theater where weather elements such as a hurricane, tornado, wildfire, and volcanic eruption are experienced. “Solarville” explored renewal energy ideas. Thomas enjoyed pedaling a bike to create energy. The “Music Landing” allowed us to visualize the sound waves of guitar strings as they are plucked. “All About Me” had some interesting health related exhibits. Sarah was quite good with a memory exercise and also with a multi-tasking exhibit. One of the least interesting galleries was the “Making Sense of Your Dollars and Cents.” Beware, both of these youngsters already know how to use an ATM. If there is a downside to the Arizona Science Center, it is cost. Even as two seniors with AAA discounts and discounted parking, it is expensive to enter this learning playground. There were additional fees for the SkyCycle and a film on the IMAX screen. We accounted for four of only ten viewers at the 11:00 a.m. showing of “Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs 3D.” This was an interesting exploration of this ancient wonder and modern-day forensics, but is likely to have attracted a larger audience with less costly tickets. We did not see the Planetarium show or pay to see a special exhibit on Egypt. The Arizona Science Center offers wonder-full learning opportunities.

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