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Winter Family Road Trip from Laurel

It's been raining and the kids have tracked in practically all the mud in the yard into the house. You have mopped the floors several times and now its time to say I quit. It may be time to put the mop down and put on your rain boots and join the kids by jumping in all the mud puddles.  It's time to remind yourself mud will wash off but the fun of getting dirty with the kids can be priceless! What to do on a rainy day or overcast day? Maybe its time to get in the family car and venture out on a rainy day road trip. There is a great place in Birmingham, Alabama that can be fun for kids and adults. 

McWane Center is a hands on training for kids of all ages. "You can change lives with Science and Wonder"!  It opened in 1998 and since then it has entertained millions of all ages. Its a special place you can experience, touch, hear and see many things. The fun part is kids are learning while having fun! 

Really Cool Stuff Museum Store:  Looking for something really cool?  Come shop with at Really Cool Stuff, McWane Science Center's museum store.  They offer educational products, souvenirs, and great gift ideas. You will find science experiments, out-of-this-world gadgets, and merchandise related to McWane Science Center's exhibits. You can come in and shop anytime, paid admission is not required to enter into the museum store. 

Hours and Admissions: McWane Science Center is open seven days a week, 360 days a year, and now offers new extended hours. McWane Science Center also has a new addition, the Birmingham Children's Museum Itty Bitty Magic City.  This new section of McWane Science Center caters to the youngest visitors, Kindergarten and younger, and encourages young children's love of learning through the four major types of play: Physical Play, Exploratory Play, Constructive Play, and Imaginative Play. 

The IMAX® Dome: This is a large format, 70mm film projection system that uses legendary IMAX® technology to create amazing images of unsurpassed resolution and impact.  Combined with 15,000 watts and six channels of digital surround sound, it is the ultimate movie experience.  IMAX® film has the largest film frame in motion picture history - ten times the size of a standard 35mm frame!  In just 40 minutes, the projector carries more than 10,000 feet of film at 24 frames per second.  Thanks to a glass-enclosed projection room, you can watch as the Projectionist loads the projector and elevates it into position for starting and viewing the show. 
The Smart Café: The cafe offers a wide variety of food options and displays nutritional information to help you make smart choices about what you eat. Here is a sampling of what you can find in the Smart Café: The Blue Plate, Subway, Red Mango Frozen Yogurt, Pizza Hut Station, and Hot Off the Grill Station.

Directions:  McWane Science Center is located in the heart of downtown Birmingham. McWane Science Center is easily accessible from Interstate 65, Interstate 59/20, Highway 31, and Highway 280. McWane Science Center is located at the corner of 2nd Avenue North and 19th Street North. 

Parking Deck:  McWane Science Center's parking deck offers safe and convenient parking on 2nd Avenue North. The height limit for the deck is 6'8". Cost:  $5.00 required to exit deck. Machine accepts $5.00 and $1.00 bills as well as quarters or you can purchase a token at the ticketing counter inside the center. Members receive free parking in the deck. 

Street Parking: Additional parking is available on the streets surrounding the center. On Monday - Friday there is a 2-hour limit on the street parking. The meter charges $0.25/hour. Street parking is free on Saturday, Sunday and on Holidays. 

As you can see there is plenty to do at McWane Center, who knows by the time you spend a few hours and its time to leave, the sun may be back out! You have to admit learning was fun! You had so much fun, that I am sure you will want to come back soon to visit again!

Author Note: Tammy is the owner and author of the Frugal Southern Mom Blog. Visit her on FacebookPinterest, and Twitter!

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