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“Great place for kids and adults, too.”

Da Vinci Science Center
Ranked #8 of 39 things to do in Allentown
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Schnecksvill, PA
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174 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Great place for kids and adults, too.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013

I went to the Da Vinci Science Center, when the Body World exhibit was there. It was a fantastic show. I know there is controversy over how this show is created, but it was a pretty interesting exhibit. To see how the show just the nervous system, for example, is pretty amazing. Also, all the different organs and systems are broken, dissected and explained. How the bodies are poised and displayed can be pretty unsettling; yet, it is a very fascinating exhibit.
The other exhibits in the Science Center are pretty great, too. There is much interaction which makes it very much a learning experience. This is a wonderful place to take the kids to not only have fun, but learn at the same time. I would highly recommend the Da Vinci Science Center.

Visited February 2013
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Schwenksville, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“First trip to Da Vinci Science Center/Grossology Exhibit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2013

I took my two children (6yo and 5yo) there yesterday and they had a great time. It is not a large museum, but it was a very manageable size for them. We spent about 2.5 hours there. The Grossology exhibit was interesting, but not very big. Everything in the museum is hands-on and my children loved that.
We have a membership to the Academy of Natural Sciences and that membership covers this museum also. I am sure that we will return again.

There are tables and vending machines. We brought our own snacks with us.

Visited July 2013
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Clemson, South Carolina
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285 reviews
143 attraction reviews
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“Appeal for Many Ages”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2013

We were driving from Rhode Island to South Carolina and needed a break to stretch our legs. Because we had stayed overnight twice before in Allentown, we had visited and enjoyed the Da Vinci Science Center. But with the kids being a bit older (8 and 10), we didn't know if it would hold the same appeal as in the past.

Well, it still does. It currently has the "Grossology" exhibit we've seen elsewhere (most notably in COSI in Columbus Ohio), but has lots of other activities which were of interest to both kids and the adults. We only stayed 45 minutes (had to make time), but could have easily stayed another hour or more.

Tip: If you have a membership to a local (to your home) science center affiliate, admission is free due to the reciprocal agreement.

Visited July 2013
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“Small, but hands-on fun”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2013

This museum is great for kids. There are many hands-on activities to keep kids interest. Adults will learn too, but it is geared toward kids under 14. They currently have an exhibit on grossology (science of body phlegm, vomit, farts, etc.) that is definitely geared to preteens and older elementary ages. They bring in exhibits that tour the country, but they are not as large as when they tour mega science centers such as the Franklin Institute. Of course, they are not as crowded either. The same could be said for the facility itself. If you go understanding that it is a small facility, you will have a great time. If you go expecting a science museum like the Franklin Institute or NY Museum of Natural History, you will be disappointed.

This is located within walking distance of Dorney Park so if you get rained out, it is a great place to spend an hour or two. They have a smattering of all types of sciences including a touch tank with starfish and crabs, rocks and minerals you can touch, tuning forks to play sounds, a fun darkness tunnel to understand how much we use vision, a green screen and a lesson on weather from a local meteorologists and much more.

There is a small upstairs that is easy to overlook that has a few fun things too. If your kids enjoy science, your visit may take up your entire afternoon. There are a number of chain restaurants and fast food places nearby. It also sits on the edge of the campus of Cedar Crest College.

Visited June 2013
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New York
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16 attraction reviews
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“Great hands in fun!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2013 via mobile

My 9 and 11 year old loved it! Plenty of interesting fun activities. I loved that they actually were able to read the instructions at each station to find out what they needed to do. Especially since its the summer and getting them to read is nearly impossible.
Spent about 4 hours here. Prices are very reasonable. We ate before and after coming here. Only saw vending machines otherwise.

Visited July 2013
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