Your kids’ fingers are permanently pruned from their constant immersion in various swimming pools, oceans, and sprinklers. Your copy of Frozen has been played so many times it’s warped, and frankly your ideas on what to do with the kids over the summer are also frozen. What to do? Head to the not so ironically named Frost Museum of Science, where the tots can teeter over all sorts of cool, hands-on exhibits and activities that will feed their heads with cool science knowledge that might even benefit them in life some day.
Start at the Sea Lab, where you can touch a starfish and check out all sorts of creatures who, unlike your kids, actually do belong in water all day and night. Then, since weather’s always a thing here, let them check out the cockpit of a P-3 Hurricane Hunter airplane so they can figure out when the next big blow will hit landfall. With South Florida saved once again, let them take the controls of a fabulous four-foot globe projecting animations of water, wind and weather that you don’t see on the local news. Think you’re done? Not hardly. It’s time to learn about nanoscience–the study of really, really tiny things–so when you say that if your kids don’t clean their room in a nanosecond there will be no dessert, they’ll actually understand you.
If the real weather outside is cooperating, breeze through the Wildlife Center, an outdoor oasis of living things including crocodiles, turtles, tortoises, a bald eagle, hawks, and owls. Those fancy birds aren’t just there for photo ops. They’re part of The Falcon Batchelor Bird of Prey Center, which takes care of injured animals. The museum hosts special exhibitions as well. Opening September is Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches, which may sound like a Dr. Seuss book, but delves deep into the storied South American river so that you and your kids don’t have to.