Exploring Northwest Florida
Exploring Northwest Florida
Need a break from the sun and sand of the beach? The Emerald Coast Science Center features activities and exhibits in light, air, nature, electricity, and the human body that delight both children and adults.
Located in Fort Walton Beach a few blocks north of Santa Rosa Sound, this kid-friendly science museum is a great alternative to the arcade and video games. In the tradition of Mr. Wizard and Bill Nye the Science Guy, this compact but well packed hands-on children's museum offers S.T.E.M. activities the whole family can enjoy.
The museum is a maze of rooms and hallways filled with interactive hands-on exhibits and activities that range from light and sound to bubbles and bodies. The color and light room allows children to experiment with mirrors, infrared light and lenses, while the electricity room explores transformers and magnetism.
Kids of all ages can get up close and personal with reptiles and insects or make huge bubbles and see how they change as they fly through the air. They can fire the air cannon and watch the power of air, see how gears work, or learn the relationship of distance and momentum. In the Hall of Life, visitors can learn about nutrition, how the human body works and watch Mr. Bones pedal a bicycle.
Exhibits and science programs are directly linked to the Florida Sunshine State Standards (SSS) for Science and provide learning opportunities for students in pre-school through 8th grade.
In addition to the children’s museum facilities, which are open year round, the museum offers outreach programs to area schools as well as weekend programs such as Lego Construction, Robotics, and Fossils and Dinos Day. There are even summer camps for kids ages 6 to 14 that explores the mysteries of outer space, the sea, and even crime scene investigation.
The Emerald Coast Science Center is a non-profit, membership-based organization designed to provide science programs to the community. It is the only purely science museum in Northwest Florida and is a member of the Association of Science -Technology Centers. As such, members get free admission to over 300 museums around the country.
Exhibits cover everything from our bodies
... to math.
Located near historic downtown Fort Walton Beach, the center is the anchor for several hours of family activities. In addition to the museum, visitors can bring a picnic and enjoy local parks that overlook the Santa Rosa Sound and Okaloosa Island and includes a children’s play area.
The center is close to the Heritage Park and Cultural Center that includes the Indian Temple Mound Museum and the Camp Walton School house, and a short drive from the Air Force Armament Museum and the Destin Fishing Museum.
The Emerald Coast Science Center is located at 31 SW Memorial Parkway, Fort Walton Beach Florida. For more information, call (850) 664-1261 or click here to visit their website.