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Science and Discovery: Stimulating Museum Experiences

One of the most overheard questions on a family vacation is, “Are there any activities for the children?” While a trip to Florida means countless theme parks and amusement parks to choose from, not every vacation destination is afforded this luxury. Children’s museums, an often overlooked vacation activity, stimulate the mind, burn energy and most importantly entertain the little ones. Explore, experience and uncover the mysteries of science at these amazing world-class museums located near popular RTX exchange destinations.

7348269218_boston_hBoston Museum of Science: Boston, MA

Boasting a large collection of permanent and temporary scientific exhibits, the Boston Museum of Science is a full day of family fun. Located on the historic Charles River, the massive 130,000 square foot building is home to more than 700 exhibits, a planetarium and an IMAX theater.

Start by spending time in the Children’s Discovery Center. Designed specifically for the little ones, there are two floors with tunnels, puzzles, interactive games, animal exhibits and much more. Kids who have outgrown the Discovery Center can explore the history of trains and cars at the Machines and Transportation exhibit or head further back in time and visit with a Triceratops skeleton or Tyrannosaurus rex model at the Dinosaurs: Modeling the Mesozoic exhibit.

For a dazzling show head over to the Charles Hayden Planetarium or the Mugar Omni Theater. Powered by hi-tech full dome video and audio systems, the planetarium showcases a variety of engaging shows including their original production, Inside NASA: From Dream to Discovery. Wrapping audiences in larger-than-life images of flora, fauna and faraway places, the Mugar Omni Theater’s five-story-tall IMAX Dome screen is an experience like no other. Filling the viewers full field of vision, the science and nature based educational films provide the viewer a life-like view and feeling of full immersion.

7163039337_boston_hChildren’s Museum: Denver, CO

Heading to Breckenridge on your RTX exchange? Stop in Denver and explore the Children’s Museum. Recently finishing a $16 million renovation, the whimsical museum offers more than a dozen “playscapes,” including a fire department, an assembly plant and a tot-sized veterinary clinic. Spend time building your own creation in the D.I.Y. Exhibit or head outside to Joy Park, a new 30,000 square feet experience with sand dunes, rivers, forts and a dual zip line.

Museum of Discovery: Little Rock, AR

On your way to Hot Springs stop in Little Rock and visit the Museum of Science and Discovery. Open year-round the hands-on museum for children teaches the foundations of science using fun and interactive exhibits. Highlights include “Amazing You,” which explores the human body and their Guinness World Record musical bi-polar tesla coil, which emits high-voltage electricity that dances to the beat of music.

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