Children learn best from exhibits involving lights and colors, which means you can either take them to a children's museum or let them rub their eyes too hard. Teach wee ones safely with today's Groupon to the Science Factory. Choose from the following options:
- For $7, you get two admissions to the exhibits and exploration dome (a $14 value).
- For $12, you get four admissions to the exhibits and exploration dome (a $28 value).
- For $30, you get a membership for two adult members and two children or adult guests (a $60 value).
The Science Factory fills its space with exhibitions, star shows, and special events that immerse children in the fascinating realm of science. Current and ongoing exhibits explore sustainable energy and permit observation of terrarium-dwelling lizards and frogs. Running until January 2012, I Dig Dinosaurs! collects touchable and nontouchable fossils on loan from the Bruce Museum beside a field station where participants dig for mock skeletons—making rubbings of ancient-plant representations—and constructing their own virtual dinosaur. The Exploration Dome, Oregon's second-largest planetarium and dome theater, screens a captivating lineup of seasonal and interactive star shows, as well as the full-dome feature Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure, narrated by Liev Schrieber and scored by a choir of moaning orcas.
In addition to unlimited free entry to exhibits and half off Exploration Dome shows, members receive discounts on classes, camps, and birthday parties. Membership bestows a one-time free admission to any member museum of the Northwest Association of Youth Museums, as well as free admission to hundreds of American and Canadian science centers and museums, compliments of the Association of Science-Technology Centers Passport Program.
The Science Factory
Through exhibits that explore everything from astronomy and physics to biology and paleontology, the Science Factory inspires a lifelong love of science in children as well as adults. Above all else, the nonprofit embraces a motto of "please touch," creating safe, engaging opportunities for children to act on their curiosity and gain insight into the principles underlying scientific and technological theories.
The Exploration Dome exemplifies the immersive nature of the Museum, surrounding audiences with a full-dome screen that displays digital and live-action films. These educational features can take guests to virtually any location in the world and beyond, including the heart of the Borneo rainforest, the depths of prehistoric oceans, the edge of our galaxy's super-massive black hole, and a universe where popcorn kernels never get stuck in your teeth. Permanent exhibits—including a feature on responsible recycling as well as a terrarium of lizards, frogs, and plants, complete with Renegade, the Museum's resident iguana—explore topics in more depth, complementing both the Exploration Dome’s videos and an ever-changing roster of special attractions.