Kid-Tested Science Museums

One of the best vacation values you can buy is a membership to a science museum. Most science museums across the country participate in the ASTC (Association of Science-Technology Centers) Passport Program which means that you get free or reduced admission to over 300 science centers and museums around the world. We get an annual membership to our local museum and also use it to explore museums when we travel. This week I’ve been writing about some of those science museums over at

OMSI, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, has some addictive brain teaser puzzles, a submarine tour, exhibits about environmental science, and a large hall filled with interactive exhibits.

Kids and adults can ride a Segway through an obstacle course at the Science Museum Oklahoma. On top of that, there’s a Geometry Playground, optical illusions, and a two-story tree house with the nation’s tallest spiral slide.

Kid-tested Science Museums

At the Exploration Place in Wichita, Kansas, you can solve more of those addictive brain teaser puzzles, mess up your hair in a tornado simulator, see Kansas in Miniature, and play in a medieval-themed area.

Cleveland, Ohio, has the Great Lakes Science Center with over 100 hand-on experiments, the NASA Glenn Visitor Center where you can see some fascinating artifacts, a steamship you can tour, and high-tech biomedical science exhibits.

My site also has posts about the Science Center of Iowa and the Kentucky Science Center. And if you think you’d like science and history all rolled into one, check out the Hagley Museum in Delaware.

You’ll find a few more science museums in my book, Adventures Around Cincinnati, like COSI in Columbus, Ohio, and the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, in Dayton. Both are favorites of my kids.

I love the great diversity of exhibits between each of the science museums we’ve visited. I can’t wait to visit even more.

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Terri Weeks is a family travel writer in the Cincinnati area. Her family is on a mission to visit all 50 states by the time her kids graduate from high school. She blogs about family travel in the US at and is the author of the e-book How to Visit All 50 States in 12 Trips. Terri is also a local travel guru in Cincinnati and is co-author of Adventures Around Cincinnati: A Parent's Guide to Unique and Memorable Places to Explore with your Kids. She’s a member of the Midwest Travel Writers Association.