In a year full of learning through screens, a lot of kids would love to have some hands-on education for a change. That kind of experience can be found right in downtown Phoenix at the Arizona Science Center.
The science center boasts three floors full of exhibits that help you learn about the world and yourself. You can experience the science behind volcanos and hurricanes on the top floor, while on the first floor you can get an inside look at how your brain and other parts of your body work. The center even includes an exhibit showing what goes into making your house and how science propelled the creation of the Valley.
The Arizona Science Center is open every day except Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Getting to the science center couldn’t be easier with Valley Metro. You can ride the light rail to the 3rd St/Jefferson or 3rd St/Washington stations and walk to the center a couple blocks away. Alternatively, you can ride bus routes 1 and 7, which can take you right to the science center.
Like everyone across the country, the Arizona Science Center is adapting to the current pandemic. Guests are encouraged to buy their tickets online and in advance to prevent crowds. All guests are also given a small plastic pointer so that they can use the touch screen and buttons without making direct contact. There are also sanitizing stations around the center to keep you and your family clean and healthy.
If you want to learn about the winter weather that eludes the Valley area, the museum is hosting Snow Week from December 26th through New Year’s Day. During Snow Week, the center will put on science shows with demonstrations on how ice and snow work. They’ll also have a SnowPal Construction Zone, letting you and your family make snowmen without leaving Phoenix.
One of the museum’s signature exhibits won’t be around much longer. Victoria the T-rex’s skeleton towers over a room on the third floor filled with displays teaching you about her and the dinosaurs that lived throughout the Cretaceous period. Victoria is leaving the center soon, but you can still see her gigantic skeleton at the center for an additional fee through January 3rd.
These are just some of the things you can do at the Arizona Science Center. To learn more about the center’s events, and how you can buy tickets, visit their website at azscience.org.