Like many children, my kids love to explore and learn. I’m always looking for hand on learning that both my 4th grader & 7th grader can comprehend and enjoy together. Last week I took my children to the INFINITY Science Center located in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The Mississippi Gulf Coast is such a short drive for my family that we were already very familiar with the NASA Stennis Space Center area & knew the newly open INFINITY Science Center would be a perfect match for family education outing. As soon as we arrived my children were so excited! From the moment we pulled up to the parking lot we were greeted by several outdoor exhibts. The F-1 & H-1 Rocket Engine, NOMAD & Tsunami Buoy and Special Operations Craft-Riverine gave my children a small sense of what would be in store for our educational outing that day.
The newly opened 2012 INFINITY Science Center has just opened and we were pleased to find out that a bus tour would begin in less than 20 minutes of our arrival. We brought my mother on our journey and she was glad we were able to tour NASA’s Stennis Space Center in the comfort of an air conditioned vehicle. If you ever been to the Gulf Coast, you know summer heat is no joke so this was a nice treat for our entire party. Bus tours are first come, first served but they had 2 buses ready to go that day. Our tour guide gave us a behind the scenes look st America’s largest rocket engine test facility & home to the largest concentration of oceanographers in the world. The 30 minute bus tour took us through the 14k acre restricted facility & also allowed us to get close enough for some very fun picture opps.
Once we returned back to the INFINITY Science Center my kids were pumped and ready to explore for themselves! Several hands on educational exhibts like the Science Express, Space Gallery & Science on Sphere exhibt gave my children hands on learning with allowed them to crave curiosity and ask my questions throughout the day. My children love science but seeing the exhibts first hand (especially since school is out for the summer) got them even more excited about space, science and more.
If you have younger children, INFINITY Science Center had several activities that any children can appreciate. The downstairs level had a Build a LEGO Rocket area, playground equipment and an area for building & assembling Tinker Toys which any preschooler (or older) can enjoy. But if you have an older child they can also take part in the OMEGA flight simulator thrill ride and ‘Angry Birds in Space’. Either way, learning more about science & space can be fun at any age.
If you live in the Mississippi Gulf Coast area or are traveling to New Orleans or the Ms. Gulf Coast make sure to stop & visit with the family. INFINITY is approximately 48 miles west of Biloxi, 45 miles east of New Orleans and 25 miles east of Slidell, LA. Future exhibits are in the works so make sure to stop by and visit with your friends & family.
$10: Adults (Age 18-54)
$8: Senior Adult (Age 55+)
$5: Senior Adult Special (Every Wednesday)
$6: Children (6-17)
Do your children love hands-on educational fun?