Our family really enjoyed our visit to the St. Louis Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri. With 3 floors, an outdoor area, and over 700 interactive exhibits, this museum has plenty of activities to keep kids busy and engaged for quite some time.
We have visited several science centers and received free admission because we are ASTC Members. The St. Louis Science Center is on the list of free museums, but actually general admission to the St. Louis Science Center is always free to everyone.
St. Louis Science Center’s Exhibits & Attractions
Entrance & The Energizer
Ecology & Environment
This exhibit shows how a tornado forms and features many earthquake exhibits. It also teaches about paleontology and dinosaurs. There are huge dinosaurs and a dig site to dig for dinosaur bones.
Above: Learning about nano
This area has several hands-on, interactive exhibits teaching kids about structures like bridges, skyscrapers, and monuments (like the St. Louis Arch).
Sky Bridge over Highway 64/40
Above: Binoculars on the Sky Bridge
Above: Watching traffic through plexi-glass circles located throughout the floor of the Sky Bridge
Above: Learning about construction and using machines
Above: Building the St. Louis Arch
The kids could pretend to be engineers at NASA, and program and navigate a rover (the exhibit actually has two rovers – Intrepid and Adventure).
Experience Energy Exhibit
The kids spent quite a bit of time in this exhibit. There are several interactive stations showing how solar, wind, and coal energy can be converted into electricity. The kids were even able to make their own electrical grid, build their own roller coaster ride, and make their own energy.
Above: Kiddos creating their own roller coaster track, and learning about alternate ways to make their own energy.
Above: Learning About Energy Conservation & How Roller Coasters Use Energy
GROW Outdoor Exhibit
This is a beautiful exhibit, and I was so glad we were able to spend some time here before the thunderstorms started. Some of the exhibit is inside, but most of it is located outside. The kids were able to learn about the science behind food – how it grows and how it gets from the farm to our home. They also learned about:
- Milking a mechanical cow
- How to create an indoor greenhouse
- Watch a Bumblebee hive
- Sit in the cab of a combine
- How to grow plants from seeds
Above: The kids loved getting to pretend to drive this huge combine!
Above: Little ones can drive little tractors at a hay bale race track (for a fee). Photo via
Above: Milking a mechanical cow
Above: The outdoor water play area was also a big hit.
Life Science Lab
Life Science Lab offers hands-on experiments and dissections. The Pacific Coral Reef Aquarium is also located here.
St. Louis Science Center // 5050 Oakland Avenue – St. Louis, Missouri 63110 // 314.289.4400
St. Louis Science Center WEBSITE
Have you visited the St. Louis Science Center? What was your favorite part?
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