Tuhura Science Center at the Otago Museum, Dunedin.
Encourage your kids to learn something new – they’ll have so much fun that they won’t even notice their brains developing.
1 Tūhura, Otago Museum, Dunedin
Opened last year, the Tūhura Science Center is the new crown jewel of the Otago Museum. With over 45 hands-on activities, here you’ll find plenty of activities to keep the little ones busy, from the tornado simulator to the Perpetual Guardian planetarium. The impressive DNA-inspired helical slide will also be a hit. Tūhura also offers a new way to escape the cold Dunedin – a three-level rainforest teeming with exotic butterflies, tarantulas, turtles, and other rainforest dwellers. And it’s 28 degrees year-round, perfect for warming up the family on a chilly day in Otago.
2 Exploratorium, San Francisco
Named one of the best science museums in the world,
is fun for the whole family. This science funhouse is designed to spark curiosity in the world, with over 650 exhibits to explore. Kids can shrink and grow in the warped room, dissect a cow’s eye, shoot baskets with perception-altering glasses, and more. For a taste, head to the website and explore the collections online.
3 Science Museum, London
to immerse themselves in it, children can have fun while discovering the world around them – and admission is free. Soar into space with the Apollo 10 command module and flight simulator, and get up close to the 3m high, 600kg Spacelab 2 X-ray telescope that has been used in British space missions. The current bestselling exhibition explores humanity’s obsession with our nearest star, the sun. The museum also includes an in-house IMAX theater showing science films in 3D.