Children’s Museum has new exhibits open for summer

The Children’s Museum of History, Science, and Technology, 311 Main St., Utica, has opened a variety of new exhibits for children and adults of all ages to explore this summer.

Among the new attractions is a green energy wind turbine, capable of producing up to 1,500 kilowatts of clean energy per year, a planetarium, and a brand new science room where children can interact with robots and Green Energy exhibits.

The museum is open from 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Admission is $6 for children ages 3-17, $7 for grandparents and military, $8 for adults, and free for children ages 2 and under and members. Reduced admission prices are available for pre-registered groups. The last museum admission is at 11:30 a.m.

The museum will also present a summer film series about science and technology in its "Connect a Million Minds" surround sound theater. Films to be shown and the dates they will be playing include "Planet Protectors" through July 21, "Science of Flight" from July 23-28, "Erie Canal Week" from July 20-Aug. 4, "Butterflies, Bees and Critters" from Aug. 6-11, "Engineer It" from Aug. 13-18, and "Train Mania" from Aug. 20-25. The films are meant for children ages 7 and up.

These new science displays and films are meant to "create fun and interactive programs that ignite curiosity, wonder, joy of discovery, and learning opportunities through natural curiosity," according to the museum.

In addition to the new exhibits, the museum still features existing displays such as an LED PlayDance Floor, wooden train sets for all ages, the Healthy Kids Hut, a Saturn Car, and an airplane to "pilot" on the NASA floor.

Closed shoes are recommended when visiting, and no low cut blouses, short shorts, or rollerblades are allowed.

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