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Arizona Science Center

Update 2019!

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Now that I have a lovely new camera, I love being able to post new photos. Since many of the exhibits are the same, I decided to put in some photos of some different things.

There are often traveling exhibits in the museum on the third floor. These do cost extra, but they worth the fee. My husband and I have even made a date night of the exhibits!

The traveling exhibit in 2019 is “Mummies of the World”! We were given photos from the Arizona Science Center for this post as photography was not allowed inside of the exhibit. The Mummies of the World Exhibit shows mummies from Hungary, a mummified family that is believed to have died from Tuberculosis. Also shows are Egyptian animal mummies, and a German nobleman. I never knew Europeans were also mummified until I went to this exhibit!

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Some people may feel this topic to be sensitive. My oldest has been infatuated with mummies but was a little overwhelmed. However, my youngest two kids loved everything about it! Our family had a lot of interesting conversations about burials and different types of conversations after seeing this exhibit.


I know, we are finally covering the Arizona Science Center? What took us so long? Hahaha. The Science Center is huge and there are lots of nooks and crannies to get into!  And I’ll be honest, some of the exhibits are great for little kids and some are just really not. But, there is plenty to do that will keep the kids occupied for a couple of cool hours!

The best place to park is what we have to talk about first, because the entrance to the museum is a bit deceiving as the address is on Washington Street, but the entrance is in Heritage Square.  The easiest place to park is in the parking garage on Fifth Street. Covered parking and you can get your ticket validated for a lower cost to park. Just be warned, the elevator in the parking garage is a bit hot and stuff in the summer. Here’s a map! Yes, there is a Sixth street in the middle, but usually it’s blocked off unless there are special events. Sorry!

You’ll see that when you exit into the square, there is the Rosson House Museum and a few eateries around the area, as well as ASU buildings right across Monroe Street. There is a little bit of street parking there as well, with parking meters. The max you can stay in those spots is 2 hours, however.

The building doesn’t have anything that screams “AZ Science Center” from far away, but that is the building!

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After you go down the very long ramp (watch out if one of your little ones is pushing another little one in the stroller, runaway!!) you will see the cafe ahead of you and you’ll pass the gift shop as well. I really like how its laid out. The gift shop and the cafe are both enclosed unto themselves. We have eaten at the cafe twice and it is pretty good. Not the cheapest meal you will get, but kid and adult friendly options.

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Here is the entry area. There is some for general admission and another line for members. At the entrance they will ask you if you want to pay extra for the planetarium or the Imax (we have done neither yet, as the kids don’t sit still so well!).

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This room says “Family Restroom” on the side of the door and “quiet room” on the door. You have to ask for the key from the membership line. I’m guessing they have changed it into a nursing room.

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The outdoor water area is really fun. It’s shaded pretty well in the morning, but the afternoon sun gets to it. We have done it before and my kids were soaked. Best to do this last and have a change of clothes in the car.

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This is the “Home” display. These soft foam builders are great for little ones to build with or just flop in.

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And in the same exhibit there is a nice little gated area with only one entrance/exit for your little ones who like to explore.

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The first floor also has this fun exhibit with body parts and exploring the body. This is the stomach-it burps and farts and has a slide. My kids loved this one.

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This was a fun balance thing as well. I went on it and it really felt strange.

This room is hard to keep an eye on multiple kids at once if they are going in different directions. It’s a huge room, so proceed with caution. There are also live shows (included in your admission) that go over different science things.

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Dorrance Planetarium

The Dorrance Planetarium has a lot of great shows that differ throughout the day. They do cost extra, and you can buy tickets at the front desk or snack desk across the hall from the planetarium. Also, know that some of the shows do have a motion element to it so it may cause some queasiness in people who are sensitive to motion.

On the way upstairs, if you take the stairs, there are a few “half way’ exhibits. One of them is music, and previous times we had been there, there was many more things to play with.

The second floor also has The Sky Bike (which I did-the kids were too small). A Mom has to have fun every once in a while. It is an additional fee if you are not a member, but each membership gets two free tries.

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You are at least 20′ up in the air, but there is a net below you and you are strapped into the bike, into a harness and from the top. I really didn’t feel as unsteady as I thought. I recommend giving it a try!

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The second floor has a lot of “physics” displays, including magnets, force and kinetic energy. My kids really love this room. I don’t want to ruin the surprise of it, so check it out yourself. Must see!

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The third floor has technology room where kids can play with computers, “kick robots” and work with ham radios.

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The weather/earth/planet exhibit is also on the six floor, and I love this. There is a short little film where you can “experience” the weather. All three of my kids loved it. It’s about 7 minutes long, but really fun.

Right next to this exhibit is the traveling exhibit, which usually costs an additional fee that you pay for before you enter.

CREATE at Arizona Science Center

There is also, CREATE at the Arizona Science Center which opened a few years ago. At CREATE, there are tons of places for people to make and use different types of machines. There is no fee to enter the workspace to watch.

There are  Workshops and Challenge zones.

Create Jr allows students ages 8-12 to learn how to do prototyping with laser cutting, 3D printing, Woodworking and soldering.

Arizona Science Center Create also has equipment workshops for ages 13+. Additional cost applies.

Irene P Flinn Theater

If you are interested in seeing the video films when you go, I recommend calling ahead to make sure that it will be available when you go. There are a lot of different options for shows at the theaters, and videos run about 45 minutes long.

The AZ Science center is a lot of fun-plan on being there the whole day to check out all the displays, or get a membership so you can come and go after the little ones are tired after an hour or two. There is really a lot to experience. I love all the hands on stuff for kids big and little. And, if you are looking to go without the kids, they have adult only nights with cocktails and food! Check out their calendar for more details!

The Basics

Arizona Science Center

600 E Washington Street

Phoenix, AZ

Looking for something for little kids to do? Try out the  Children’s Museum of Phoenix nearby!

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