Sci-Quest, a hands-on, interactive science center in Huntsville, Alabama offers kids of all ages the opportunity to explore science in an engaging, memorable way. With 70 exhibits, Sci-Quest has something for everyone.
At the front entrance, guests are greeted by staff and volunteers at the check-in kiosk, central to everything in the museum. A friendly, green Pteranodon watches over the whole area, so look up and say hi. To the left, the museum’s gift shop includes a wide variety of science fun to take home. To the right, the museum’s exhibits provide entertainment and exploration for kids of all ages. Exhibits focus on weather, fluid dynamics, engineering, sound, light, magnetism, and biology (Grossology).
Preschoolers can enjoy their own play space which hosts a variety hands-on activities, designed specifically for children ages 5 and under. On weekends, the Sci-Quest preschool area also offers Science Live Shows and Little Laboratories (included with price of admission). Additionally, the museum provides blocks and toys and a story time area.
During the week, the preschool room is home to the Sprouting Scientists classes (a toddler and preschool program at an additional fee). exploring colors, shapes, patterns, bugs and much more.
Mom says – Kids say: Our opinions of Sci-Quest
As a parent, I really liked Sci-Quest for its educational and entertainment value. The museum offers so many different kinds of science exploration that kids of all interests should find it enjoyable. Admission prices are fairly low, and the museum offers a number of special events adding to the value. My personal favorite is Parents’ Night Out, providing 4 hours of supervised activities at the museum, dinner and movies for kids aged 4-12 while parents enjoy a night out. See the website for dates and fees.
My only concern about Sci-Quest is the noise factor, though I’m sure it’s not as loud as an arcade.
Because the museum is in one large room, keeping track of kids might be difficult. I’d recommend that parents set expectations before going so kids know to stay together.
As to safety, there is only one public entrance to the museum, at the admission kiosk. All other doors set off audible notification when opened. Adults who visit without children must leave their photo ID at the admission desk during their visit.
Ben, 16 years old (official fan of all things science), “Sci-Quest is small, not probably some place I’d go for a whole day, but it’s fun. Everything is hands-on. The wave machine was definitely my favorite exhibit.”
Ellie, 9 years old (official fan of all things fun), says “There’s so much to do here. It’s really fun. You can learn about things that you never learned before. My favorite thing was the GIANT Operation Game! It’s harder than it looks.”
Sci-Quest know before you go
The preschool area is most suited for kids ages 3-5. The other areas, though entertaining, are most appropriate for elementary and younger middle school age children. With that said, my 16 year old did enjoy his time. He was glad we didn’t stay all day, though.
Directions to Sci-Quest
The museum can be hard to find. When we went, our cell phone GPS could not find it. The address is 1435 Paramount Drive, Huntsville, AL 35806.
Current admission fees for Sci-Quest are $10 for adults and $9 for kids age 3-18. Children under three are free.
The museum is open 7 days a week and offers evening and weekend specials monthly. Check the website for up-to-date information and for detailed driving directions.We would like to thank the staff at Sci-Quest for welcoming us the day before their grand opening so we could tour the facility for this post. Congratulations on your bright, new facility.