From Sarah C.:
My dad and I took D to the Natural Science Center of Greensboro earlier in the week. It was a bit of a trip down memory lane as my dad took my sister and me when we were kids. There have been a few changes since the small building and little fenced in petting zoo that I remembered! The first thing to catch my eye as we walked into the lobby was the pendulum that passes through an opening in the floor to the lower level, which I clearly remembered from all those years ago. I was excited to see what else the Museum had to offer. We headed first to the special 5 and under areas – Kids’ Alley and Nature Nook.
D was super excited about Kids’ Alley and began exploring. The main room had a lot of hands-on activities for kids which I think he managed to try out almost every bit of. Adjacent to this room is the Nature Nook portion, which just opened last month. It features a small climbing structure, books, puzzles, small tunnel, puppet theater, pretend rocks to climb on and a giant bird’s nest to climb into. This section is also for ages 5 & under and is fully enclosed. Once we finally convinced D that there was even more fun to be had, we headed down to the dinosaur room. Another “ooh” moment as he ran around the room gazing up at the skeletons. We were chased out by a field trip (see note below!) but it worked out okay since I was ready to move on and see how the petting zoo portion had changed.
Turns out what was once a small petting zoo and a few monkeys is now way more. There were alpacas, tigers, donkeys and wallabies just to name a few of the animals we saw. Some animals were off display due to the chilly weather. A few feathered friends (turkeys and peacocks) walked right up to us. We had a blast here, even though one of the turkeys did “adopt” us and proceeded to follow us around. After the petting zoo we returned inside to find aquariums of fish, snakes and lizards on the lower level.
The Science Center has several classroom spaces including a Physics Lab, where we watched older students working on a project involving Legos (see the website for details on classes & workshop). Like I mention above, be aware as this is a popular place for school field trips and can get busy in areas at times. Of course, 5 and under spaces will always be excellent for a free roaming toddler and I loved how many hands-on activities there were!
Food and drinks are not permitted except in the lunchroom on the lower level. Here you will also find vending machines. No other concessions on site.
The OmniSphere Theatre located in the center of the main level offers daily shows. Check the website (listed below) for show descriptions, times and ticket prices. The show fees are separate from admission.
There is an admission fee of $8 for adults; $7 for adults 65+ and kids ages 3 to 13; kids under age 2 are free. Some discounts are available, including a discount for members of the NC Zoo. Check the website (listed below) or ask at the front desk.
So not only does Greensboro have the fantastic Greensboro Children’s Museum, but if you needed another reason to explore the Triad, I definitely recommend the Natural Science Center!