Museum of Science Planetarium – Big Bird’s Adventure

We were looking for something to do that was a bit different and happened to come upon this show for little ones.  Both of our kids happen to be fascinated with the sun, the moon and the stars.  They also happen to be fascinated with Elmo and Big Bird.  Furthermore, they love movies.  So what do you get when you combine a huge movie all around you, with Elmo and Big Bird, and the sun, the moon and the stars? Two very excited kids.

We headed over to the Museum of Science to learn more about space at the Planetarium.  The show was very appropriate for children 6 and under and like nothing else the kids have done before.  They were even more amazed when the seats started moving to show them the full circle view of the planetarium.  Im pretty sure that my two year old son actually believed we had gotten into a rocket ship and flown to outer space.

We learned about China, the Big Dipper, the North Star, the Sun, and the Moon.  Afterwards, we went downstairs to visit the wild animals that they are nursing back to health. We later had lunch at the cafe, sat by the windows overlooking the Charles River, and watched the duck boats and MBTA train go by.  We also splurged on some Dippin Dots, ice cream of the future!

After the museum, we drove across the street to get some fresh air at North Point Playground.

Few other tips:

  • You don’t need to pay for Museum admission to visit the Planetarium.
  • Children under 3 do not need a paid ticket (they say they must sit on your lap but I can’t imagine it ever fills to capacity
  • Your kids don’t need to be quiet because quite honestly, they are all excited and pointing and talking
  • Parking costs around $10 but if you don’t mind a walk and have a stroller, you could theoretically park down Museum Way at a meter (free on Sundays)

How to get there:

1 Science Park
Boston, MA 02114

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