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Spark Your Child’s Imagination with a Trip to the Discovery Museum and Planetarium

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Written by Nikki Pretter

As a parent, you have probably struggled to balance two important things: Making sure your kids are having fun, and making sure that they are learning something. With a day trip to the Discovery Museum and Planetarium, there’s noneed to fret: They can learn through play so that they’re having fun and you can feel like you’re doing your job as a parent!

The Museum Exhibits

All exhibits throughout the museum are designed to encourage a hands-on experience that will challenge children (and maybe even adults). You can engineer structures in the new addition “Dare to Discover” exhibit, play some basketball and create your own paper airplane to learn about aerodynamics, climb high, and gain some knowledge of outer space.

Discovery Museum and Planetarium

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Other exhibits include Energy Network, Adventure Science, Nikon’s Small World, Nano, Get Physical!, and Preschool Power, each of which examines a different scientific theme. You can read more about the specifics of these exhibits and special rotating exhibits on the museum’s website.

The Planetarium

If you or your child has ever dreamed about being an astronaut, you will surely enjoy the Planetarium dome. These space exhibits are located on the lower level of the museum. The dome is darkened to simulate a starry night sky surrounding you up close and personal. The shows that offer this experience are suitable for all ages and last about 30 minutes to allow you to learn plenty more about the mysteries of outer space.

Discovery Museum and Planetarium

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Some history of this unique experience might interest you. The Henry B. duPont III Planetarium opened in 1962, which means it has been around for over 50 years, which is still a few years before an astronaut had stepped out onto the moon! At the time it was one of only twelve planetariums in the nation. It was given its name in 1976 after the name of a board member that had been part of the experience for years and the chair of the planetarium committee.

Since it’s opening the planetarium has had a few upgrades to keep up up with the digital times including digital projection, new lighting, new sound systems, and new seating to enhance the experience  and keep all ages interested.

If You Want To Go

The museum is  located at 4450 Park Avenue in Bridgeport. It is closed on Mondays, with the exception of school holidays and group reservations, but is open Tuesday through Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm: Plenty of time to get in at some point on the weekends for all you working parents.

Admission varies by age: children under the age of 2 are free, ages 2-17, students with school a ID, and senior citizen’s are $8, and adults are $10. If you are coming for a birthday party for your child or another big event with a group of 10 or more you can call and ask for group pricing.

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