Museums help visitors appreciate the benefits of modern living, including prescription glasses, heated toilet seats, and dinosaurs that only exist in skeleton form. Savor scientific discoveries with today's Groupon: for $12, you get admission for two to the Da Vinci Science Center (up to a $23.90 value). Toddlers up to age 3 get in for free, and regular admission for children and seniors is $8.95.
The Da Vinci Science Center enlightens minds with more than 200 hands-on exhibits plus a slew of activities related to the Summer of Manufacturing program. Built around the How People Make Things exhibit, this summer program covers the history of industrial ingenuity in eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey, letting young exhibit explorers witness the manufacturing processes behind crayons, golf carts, and baseball gloves. Meanwhile, the center's 10,000-square-foot exhibit floor houses a host of other mind-enlarging attractions. What's Alive? explores the characteristics of living things, from bacteria to spiders to human beings. Watt's Up? highlights the five senses and features a 72-foot maze-like tunnel where children can discover how their bodies adapt to complete darkness by growing a sixth sense which allows them to destroy bogeymen telekinetically.
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Facing down winds of up to 78 mph. Controlling a robotic dinosaur with the same hydraulic technology behind amusement park rides. Such experiences only skim the surface of the 100-plus attractions available in Da Vinci Science Center's 10,000-square-foot, two-story exhibit space. Here, other hands-on activities run the gamut from assembling models of carbon nanotubes to navigating a 72-foot tunnel in complete darkness or with the aid of a friendly firefly.
But exploring exhibits isn't the only way to interact with science at Da Vinci Science Center. For visitors of all ages, the center sponsors nearly three-dozen programs including Science on the Move, which brings experiments directly to schools and community centers. In addition, Da Vinci Science Center hosts several events throughout the year such as Ice Cream Wars, where participants create tasty treats using liquid nitrogen as a freezing agent.