427 1st St. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA. 319-363-4629. www.sciencestation.org
$6.75 adults, $5.50 seniors (62+) and students (ages 13-22), $4.50 ages 3-12, 2 and under free. ASTC membership reciprocity. Metered parking in front of building. Stroller accessible. Restrooms available.
I had been to the Science Station with friends 12 years ago when I lived in Cedar Rapids, and I remember them saying what a neat place it was for their kids. Now I’m the one with young kids so I was excited to take them there when we had the opportunity. The Science Station has grown since I was last there, and I hardly recognized the place. The exhibit area is enlarged, and there is an Imax theater as well.
While some of the exhibits are similar to those we’ve seen at other museums (we built another catenary arch at the Kirby Science Discovery Center, and pulleys are always popular), there are many unique things here. Living in the quake-free Midwest, the diner booth that rocked with an earthquake was very interesting. The boys liked the robotic arm and the bubble exhibit in the entrance hall. Our four-year-old kept going back to the rock-climbing wall, and our toddler liked the slide in the toddler play area.
A great aspect of the museum was the unisex restroom in the first-floor exhibit area, which was very convenient for the potty-training kids. On the downside, the girls and I didn’t spend much time on the second floor since our 2-year-old had her head and body under the rail by the stairs before I caught her. It was just as well, since the basement area was very well suited to the younger kids.
The Science Station is another great hands-on museum for kids. If you’re in the Cedar Rapids area, stop in and take a look.
I liked the megawheel. My most favorite was downstairs in the basement because I liked the water place.