Though Science Central first opened its doors in 1995, the facility touts a history that dates back to its opening in 1929 as the city’s light and power plant. Now the building illuminates minds instead of bulbs, with 32,000 square feet of exhibit space, a rotating schedule of traveling exhibitions, three classrooms, and a demonstration theater. Budding minds venture through horizon-broadening exhibits that cover diverse scientific areas such as the human body, meteorology, and the dinosaur moon landing.
Cognitive development and creativity go hand in hand at Emerald Learning Academy. Its classes for kids range from arts and crafts, a small-group program that welcomes kids as young as 5 to express themselves via artistic mediums, to Spanish, which begins developing bilingual abilities at age 3. Their chess course cultivates healthy competition among second graders and older kids, and the forthcoming speech-language pathology program welcomes kids at 1 year old.