Boonshoft Museum of Discovery- ‘The Miami Valley’s premier family learning destination.’ This is a homeschool field trip they’ll remember!
Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is located at 2600 DeWeese Parkway Dayton, OH 45414 937-275-7431 (fax) 937-275-5811 and is operated by the Dayton Society of Natural History.
A 94,000 square foot interactive, hands-on place to learn about the world around you. They make education fun for all ages, including adults, with age-appropriate sections on specific topics such as a live animal zoo, a Planetarium, and interactive science and technology exhibits.
At the Boonshoft Museum you can visit with live animals and watch them feed the otters (Shiloh and Sushi), go to a “Bat Chat”, or see the hissing cockroaches. There are other places where you can do science experiments, see a mummy, play in the water, or play on the Three-story Climbing Tower and Slide, so much fun.
The Boonshoft Museum offers “Exhibits to go” that are designed to be taken to schools, camps, and Senior Care Facilities. They have “Featured Exhibits” that are only there for a limited time so you can have a different experience every time you visit. The “Permanent Exhibits” allow you to have a familiar place to take the kids and have fun.
Permanent Exhibits at the Boonshoft Museum include:
Hall of the Universe (Study astronomy, stroll through the cosmos, touch the moon, learn about our galaxy and outer space)
Charles E. Exley, Jr. Wild Ohio Zoo (features over 60 animals that are native to Ohio)
Oscar Boonshoft Science Central (hands-on science experiments: homemade snow, slime, pine cone bird feeder )
Explorers Crossing (role-play at the lodge/ general store, be a veterinarian, tune up a car, go to jail at the jailhouse, play dress-up, learn about recycling at the recycling center, and much more)
Mead Tree House (fully-enclosed tree house that extends beyond the Museum walls)
That Kids’ Playce (for toddlers to have hands-on play, The Fossil Pit for archaeological digging, Padded Baby ” Garden”, Building Blocks, Manipulative Area, Pioneer Log Cabin, Tree House and Slide, and much more )
African Room (home of Nesiur the Mummy)
Vectren Glowing Geology (press a button and watch the rocks glow)
Bieser Discovery Center (learn about the natural world; reptiles, insects, and mammals, fossils, minerals, and more)
Sonoran Desert (run your fingers through desert soil, study desert animals, and see the differences between daytime and nighttime desert environments)
Tidal Pool (live sea stars, sea anemones, sea cucumbers, and gumboot chitons with a Museum staff member to assist you)
Reynolds and Reynolds Exploration Computer Center (10 computers featuring educational programs to play and learn from)
Three-story Climbing Tower and Slide (scale down a rope ladder, swish down a spiral slide, climb up into a tower that extends above the building-so much fun!)
For cost of admission, dates, and times go to: http://www.boonshoftmuseum.org
So much fur for the whole family!
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