My family and I attended the Cox Science Center and Aquarium in West Palm Beach over the weekend. It was a wonderful experience engaging with the exhibits which many of them were interactive testing your cognitive, physical, and interpretive skills. The exhibits appealed to the senses through touch, smell, and the visual while providing enough historical information for young audiences to enjoy. The planetary shows “Night Skies Above the Palm Beaches” and “Dinosaurs Alive” as well as the “Dinosaur Explorer” exhibit were my favorite. “The Night Skies Above the Palm Beaches” reminded me of visiting the planetarium in Miami with my elementary school back in the day. I loved sitting back in the seats and witnessing the beautiful skyscape of stars, planets, and galaxies. As I sat in the show in West Palm Beach and listened to the orator inform us of the constellation and light pollution, I wondered if there were lives on the other planets and when we would encounter them. “The Dinosaurs Alive” film discussed the three periods when dinosaurs roamed the earth: the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous. Of course, all I could focus on were the Jurassic Park movies as that was my only reference!
This center is a fantastic family event which can take up your entire day. I saw families there who were only focusing on the outdoor activities which included a water area for the kiddos. It was so hot and humid, if I had on a bathing suit, I might have run through that sprinkler a few times myself.
The food area was OK. It was simple with minimal offerings; my mom and I had salads, and my son had the grilled cheese combo off the kid’s menu. The woman working was pulling triple duty, taking the order, making it, and serving it. Come on Cox center, Do Bettah! It was ridiculous working this poor woman like this. She was extremely nice and pleasant considering the slave like working conditions.
We made our rounds taking in the wonderment of the “Dinosaur Explorer” exhibit and snapping away at the life-sized animals ensuring that the most believable poses were captured. Our experience concluded at the aquarium which is much smaller than the aquarium in Tampa which we visited recently but no less intriguing and beautiful. Get out and experience the Cox Science Center and Aquarium in West Palm Beach. The “Dinosaur Explorer” exhibit ends April 30 but they offer so many other fun and educational opportunities which you can enjoy.