The Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, OH is an amazing place to visit for fun and learning! There is so much to see and so many interactive centers that you could spend hours there!
Great Lakes Science Center
Children and families can learn that science is fun by interacting with the exhibits. You’ll learn about the science of light, sound, motion, electricity and so much more.
NASA Glenn Visitor Center
The NASA Glenn Visitor Center includes exhibits about space exploration and aeronautics. You can see shuttle models and flight simulators in this area of the Great Lakes Science Center. The picture above shows the actual 1973 Skylab 3 Apollo Command Module which is in the NASA Glenn Visitor Center. You can also see actual space-flown suits here!
This moon rock was actually collected during the Apollo 15 mission! It can be seen in the NASA Visitor Center at the Great Lakes Science Center.
In this area, you can learn about the day-to-day living on the International Space Center. I know we all have wondered about sleeping and eating in space. Find out all about this and more. Use the interactive centers and learn about air resistance and pressurization.
The Science Phenomena area is all about hands-on learning. Kyle’s checking his balance, and Molly is checking her reaction time here at the Great Lakes Science Center. Kyle checked to see how fast he could throw a baseball. He got 55 MPH on his first pitch without any warm up. Maybe the Cleveland Indians should contact him soon.
More fun in this area include a Bridge of Fire that might make your hair stand on end…literally! Make your own cloud rings, and check out how photo-luminescence works in the Shadow Room.
Learn that science is fun through hands-on experiences
Over 100 hands-on experiences await you at the Great Lakes Science Center! Kyle and I tried our hands at making an electrical circuit work while Molly photographed herself using this mirror image maker. Who doesn’t love to play with the plasma ball?
And magnets are always cool to use in experiments! Make your own music or make your own tornado! All of this and more can be done at the Great Lakes Science Center.
There is also an Omnimax theater at the Great Lakes Science Center. We did not watch any of the movies this time, but we have in the past. It is an awesome experience.
LEGO travel adventure
Update: Though this exhibit is no longer at the Great Lakes Science Center, you can see Arthur’s work at the link below.
We loved being able to see the LEGO Travel Adventure at the Great Lakes Science Center! It is amazing to see what people can make with LEGO bricks! Kyle always loved LEGO and seeing these mosaics and sculptures was really cool! As you can see by the above picture, these mosaics and sculptures were made by Arthur Gugick. You can visit his website and learn more about him and his works. The mosaics are so amazing! I love all of the details in them and the fact that they are all made with LEGO bricks makes them even more so.
These sculptures all have little educational facts attached to them, so they aren’t only neat to look at but you can also learn by looking at them. I love this Wright Brothers plane. And check out the details on the steam ship!