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“Very cool learning center for kids”
Review of EcoTarium

EcoTarium
Ranked #3 of 47 things to do in Worcester
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Experience hands-on exhibits and make new discoveries, indoors and outdoors, at the EcoTarium in Worcester. As New England's leading museum for science and nature, the EcoTarium offers three floors of interactive exhibits, exciting shows in the Alden Digital Planetarium: A National Geographic Theater, daily Science Discovery programs, live animal habitats, nature trails through forest and meadow environments, and unlimited play in the expansive Nature Explore(R) Outdoor Exhibit. Rain or shine, summer or winter, there's always something fun for the whole family to discover at the EcoTarium.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 7 June 2012

This place was a hit with our kiddos (10, 10 and 2.) They have lots of hands on things for the kids o touch, climb, smell, look at and learn about.

We started off in a wind chamber that blew 78 mile an hour winds so you could feel a hurricane force wind. Very cool. We then experimented with wind direction with some blowers and pinwheels. You arranged blocks in front of the fans and watched a wall of pinwheels to see how the wind current chnged position.

We played lots of games and learned where they originated, like shuffle board, chess, and some others that were really cool. We say lots of habitats for birds, and animals from mice to bears.

We also got to check out grossology, which was all about the gross stuff the human body does. How and why we have snot, what causes a burb and what it sounds like, bodily odors from your pits to your butt. Now you might think this is inappropriate, but it is set up in a way that is educationa, and fun. My kids liked both the snot animatronics and the burp machine ( guess that is what 2 year olds really think is funny.) We also saw fish, turtles, and some owls that were recovering from eye damage. They also had to bald eagles at the entrance there were so beautiful. All in all, it was a really fun adventure for us and a great place for kids to have a hands on experience with cool science.

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Reviewed 31 May 2012

I have brought my niece here when she was visiting, We both enjoyed walking around the grounds viewing the animals and birds. It is small.

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Reviewed 20 May 2012

Great place to teach children about wildlife and nature. Also hosts childlren's parties-train ride and party room available. Excellent value and great learning experience for all family members.

Thank EVELYND09
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Reviewed 1 May 2012

Just a nice place to spend the day. Reasonable price. Lots fo rthe kids to see and do. Nice family place, and close.

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Reviewed 28 April 2012

It had many activities to keep my grandson busy and happy (this isn't easy!)

Thank Diane L
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