Science museums are sure kid-pleasers, so it’s good for family travelers to have a few in mind when they travel. While you’ll find science exhibits and activities in most children’s museums, these are usually aimed at younger children. Here are five you should know about in the Midwest.
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, Illinois
Interactive experiences at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry encourage (and allow) kids to get hands on with science in ways not usually available to the public. Kids can use flight simulators and step into a real dissection lab. Plenty of other science experiences appeal to children of different ages, exploring topics such as extreme weather, genetics and the connections between body and mind.
Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul
Focusing heavily on climate change, the Science Museum of Minnesota not only educates visitors about the effects of climate change, but also explores the ways we can turn awareness into actions for change. A five-story-high Giant Astronaut, dinosaur exhibits, fossils and exhibits on subjects from the solar system to the human body appeal to kids of various ages.
Museum of Discovery, Little Rock, Arkansas
Little Rock’s Museum of Discovery focuses on interactive learning experiences, with more than 90 hands-on exhibits. Everyone’s favorite is the Tornado Alley Theater, where you can experience a simulation of the 1999 tornado that hit downtown Little Rock. Earth Journeys, Tesla Coil, Tinkering Studio, and Amazing You also prove popular with kids.
Center of Science and Industry, Columbus, Ohio
For younger kids, the highlight of the Center of Science and Industry is the American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery, while older kids love being able to lift a 2,437-pound car in the Big Science Park. On the High Wire Unicycle, little explorers can ride across a cable suspended two stories above.
St. Louis Science Center, St. Louis, Missouri
Along with its own planetarium and OMNIMAX theatre, the St Louis Science Center features an animatronic Tyrannosaurus rex in the Earth Sciences display. The wide-ranging exhibits and hands-on experiences cover space science, plants, animals, physics, aviation, food, chemistry, earth and environmental sciences, engineering and creativity. Admission to the museum is free.
Trying to plan a multigen trip? You may anticipate trouble finding a travel destination, activities and more to appeal to every member of your crew. However, a new report from Hilton found there are certain experiences all travelers want right now, regardless of generation.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
With the holiday season upon us, resorts all over the world pull out all the stops to bring the joy of the holidays to family travelers of all ages. Here are five more resorts to check out this holiday season:
When searching for unique gifts for family travelers, Etsy is a good place to begin. A marketplace of online shops owned by craftspeople and collectors, Etsy is filled with handcrafted works in all mediums, often one-of-a-kind or custom-made. It’s like an open studio, a place to share the latest creations directly to people who appreciate handcrafted things.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Norwegian Cruise Line is known for offering an impressive assortment of itineraries letting family travelers visit practically every corner of the globe, but one part of the world has been missing for the past few years: Asia. Luckily, that is finally changing as the line returns to the region for the first time in three years.