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X Reasons to Visit Ames Center with Young Kids
1. It's Free
Everyone loves "free", especially families with multiple children who might find cost of visiting other museums somewhat prohibitive.
2. It's Small
In comparison to other museums of Bay Area, Ames Center is tiny, but that's what makes it perfect for younger children with short attention spans.
3. It's Not Crowded
Many museums of Bay Area are crowded with tourists and locals on weekends, but this museum is reasonably empty despite its small size allowing easy access to exhibits.
4. Moon Rock
|By Oleg Alexandrov via Wikimedia Commons|
Ames has a real Moon rock on display, and Smarty was excited to see it. Alas, she could not touch it. As far as I know, the only place where you can touch a rock from the Moon is National Air & Space Museum in Washington, and I vaguely remember waiting in a long line to do that when I visited that museum years ago. Maybe one day Smarty will fulfill her wish when we go to Washington, DC.
Your kids will enjoy posing as astronauts. Who knows? Maybe one day my daughter will don a real spacesuit to fulfill her wish to explore space for real!
5. Hands-On Exhibits
6. Gift Shop
Usually we do not get tempted by knick-knacks, but Smarty begged us to get astronaut freeze dry ice cream. Yes, you can also buy it on Amazon, but I suppose it tastes better when it comes "almost" from space.
7. Fun Photo Memories
Keep Flying to Space at Home
Need more ideas of how to keep up your kids' interest in space? Check out this post on Planet Smarty Pants and follow my Astronomy for Kids Pinterest board.