We’re just back from Boston, and summer is winding down. Say, is that a dim light I see at the end of the tunnel?? Why, it looks like the light coming from a local elementary school classroom…
Of course, we have yet to share all of our Orlando adventures, so…
Where we went, and who was coerced into going:
Picture it: Orlando. Summertime. A heat-phobic family of nerdy tourists needing somewhere to escape. Orlando Science Center to the rescue!
WHY did you go there, exactly?
Orlando is not only theme parks, a fact which I urge everyone to consider when they visit. There are some really fun attractions which have nothing to do with a certain mouse and his friends.
Okay, what was so cool about it?
The Planetarium was our last stop, after visiting the center’s other exhibits. The kids enjoyed the “DinoDigs” exhibit gallery features several reproduction skeletons of dinosaurs and prehistoric sea creatures, including a T-Rex. Two fossil dig areas attracted a gaggle of kids clamoring to find dino bones.
The Girl especially enjoyed being with other pre-schoolers in KidsTown, where she spent an inordinate amount of time at the water table and in the pretend orange juice processing plant.
The Boy was in his element in the Science Park gallery, where exhibits focus on principles such as magnetism, electricity, lasers, sound waves, etc. He constructed a pinewood derby car and sent it down the 70-ft. track, and played a harp with laser “strings.”
The Digistar planetarium is inside the 310-seat CineDome, which features a giant, 8,000-sq ft screen. You can watch a traditional planetarium show, laser light shows, and movies in this theater. Movies are projected via a 15,000-watt Xenon lamp, utilizing the world’s largest format film in the world, 15/70, which is 10 times larger than conventional film.
On the day we visited, our only choice was a laser show, “Legends of the Night Sky: Orion’s Story.” It’s a simple mythical story for kids, narrated by Aesop the owl and Socrates the mouse, following Orion’s adventures as he battles an evil king and wins goddess Artemis.
Let’s just say, I’m glad this film was followed up by a short planetarium presentation. The laser show’s storyline and graphics were really simple, and boring to both kids. The pulsing of the laser graphics was uncomfortable for my eyes to take in. We were all glad when the live narrator switched on the starry night sky, and explained where and how we could see the Orion’s Belt constellation with our own eyes.
How it rated on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 = snoozefest, 10 = add to your bucket list):
Overall, the Orlando Science Center was a hit. Although we didn’t enjoy the laser light show we saw, the immense screen would make a planetarium show or movie really fun! My advice: plan ahead if you want to see a planetarium show by checking the online calendar.
Hey YOU! GO BIG!
777 E. Princeton Street , Orlando, FL 32803
407-514-2000 or 888.OSC.4FUN