South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

Dinosaurs Around the World at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is hosting the “Dinosaurs Around the World” exhibit, open now until April 16th.  They invite guests to travel back to an age when dinosaurs ruled the planet – no time machine required. The blockbuster exhibit offers the most life like dinosaurs all on display like a prehistoric zoo.   My daughter, Bailey (age 3) and two of her friends spent the day there last week and they all loved it and keep asking when they can take their daddies back.  I highly recommend it.

My Tips

There is so much to experience at the museum, I would plan to spend a minimum of 4 hours or plan on coming back another day.  In 4 hours there were still things we rushed through.   If you have younger kids I would start prepping them before you go for just how big the dinosaurs will be.  The two days before we went we kept telling Bailey that the dinosaurs could be as big as the huge palm trees in our front yard and that they would be moving and make noises.  When we pulled up we were greeted by a massive dinosaur.  Instead of being afraid of it Bailey was so excited and said “Mommy, wow they are as big as you said they would be”.  One of her friends was less excited when she saw the size.  The smaller dinosaur pictured below really helped her get comfortable  before we went inside.

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Dinosaurs Around the World at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium by Happy Family Blog

I would recommend looking for a Dinosaur experts like the lady pictured below.  The girls all picked out a dinosaur from the gift shop and were excited to ask the dinosaur expert information about their new friend.

Dinosaurs Around the World at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

Dinosaurs Around the World at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

Dinosaurs Around the World at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium by Happy Family Blog

Nature Trail
The interactive nature trail includes hands-on exhibits: Bubbleology, gem panning station, fossil dig, whisper dishes, Gator Golf, classic physics demos, and a butterfly garden. The bubble area is one of Bailey’s favorite areas.

Dinosaurs Around the World at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium by Happy Family Blog

This was the first time Bailey and her friends tried the mini golf course and they loved it.  I was a little concerned that it would turn into a hitting games with the clubs, but they were so focused on getting the ball into the hole it was never an issue.

Dinosaurs Around the World at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium by Happy Family Blog

Discovery Center Powered by PNC Grow Up Great
Children 6 years old and younger can play and discovery in their very own space!  The Center’s features include a giant 16 x 5-foot water table, a wall-sized Lite Brite play area, lounge area for parents, story time area with bookshelves, a dress-up area and more.  Bailey loved the water table and the area that allowed her to try on different outfits for what she wanted to be when she grew up.

Dinosaurs Around the World at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium by Happy Family Blog

Dinosaurs Around the World at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium by Happy Family Blog

Dinosaur Arts and Crafts

The girls really got into the arts and crafts situated around the museum.  Below are some photos of the color a dinosaur table and the

Dinosaurs Around the World at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium by Happy Family Blog

Dinosaurs Around the World at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium by Happy Family Blog

The Hidden World of the Everglades
The interactive exhibition immerses the visitor in Florida’s wildlife, indigenous and invasive, and various Everglades ecosystems.  There is something about buttons and toddlers.  The girls loved hearing all the sounds as they hit each button.

Dinosaurs Around the World at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium by Happy Family Blog

 Aquariums of the Atlantic
The Science Center’s 3,000 square foot Aquariums of the Atlantic house some of Florida’s most beautiful native fish such as Queen Angels, Lookdowns, Moray Eels, Stingrays and seahorses as well as a few fish that have invaded Florida’s habitat. The new aquariums take visitors through the depths of our coral reefs and interpret Florida’s diverse ecosystems of the Everglades, Coral Reefs, Gulf Stream, and the Open Ocean. There are daily touch tank demonstrations at 10:45am and 11:45am and live feedings on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 1 p.m.

What to Bring:

Leave the stroller at home.  If you have small children I would recommend wearing them in a wrap instead of bringing a stroller.  We packed a lunch for the girls.  They have tables outside under cover and next to the natural trail.  If you don’t want to bring food, they have a cafe where you can buy lunch and snacks.

Where:  South Florida Science Center and Aquarium; 4801 Dreher Trail North; West Palm Beach, FL 33405

When to go:  The dinosaur’s around the world exhibit is open daily  until April 16, 2016*  Science Center hours are: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.*Excluding certain holidays.

About The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

For more info, please visit www.sfsciencecenter.org.   Admission to “Dinosaurs Around the World” and the Science Center’s permanent exhibits will be $16.95 for adults, $12.95 for children aged 3 to 12, $14.95 for seniors aged 60 and older, and children under 3 are free.  Planetarium shows and miniature golf are not included in general admission pricing.

 

 

 

 

 

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