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Maryland Science Center Named One of ’10-Best Science Centers for Families’ by Parent’s Magazine

2008-08-13 12:00:00

    BALTIMORE, Aug. 13 /EMWNews/ -- As part of Parents' Magazine ongoing

series of 10-Best articles, the September issue of the magazine will name

the Maryland Science Center one of the 10-Best Science Centers for

Families. The magazine will be available on newsstands on Tuesday, August


    The Maryland Science Center's recognition was based on extensive

research and surveys conducted by Parents' Magazine of more than 150

science centers nationwide. The evaluation of the museum considered not

only exhibits but such factors as science demonstrations, special events,

camps, and classes. The magazine considered the stroller-friendliness of

the facility; dining options; the quality of the staff; conveniences like

family restrooms; and whether the center was a good value based on the

admission price in relation to the number of exhibits.

    "It is an honor to be named one of the top 10 science centers for

families," said president and CEO Van Reiner. "This prestigious award

attests to the success of our mission to engage families in the fun and

education of exploration, and the hard work of our staff and volunteers."

    An additional consideration that favored the Maryland Science Center in

the survey is the special area designed exclusively for young children and

their families. The Kid's Room -- an interactive learning center for

children up to 8 years of age -- is an example of the kind of special

exhibit area catering to young visitors that is now offered by about 50 of

the nation's science centers. The Kids' Room is a national model for unique

programming for this audience.

    The Maryland Science Center joins such other prestigious museums on the

Parents' Magazine list as Exploratorium in San Francisco, California, The

Franklin (formerly The Franklin Institute) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,

and the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in Columbus, Ohio.

    About the Maryland Science Center

    The Maryland Science Center in Baltimore is visited by more than

500,000 people each year. Popular exhibits include: Dinosaur Mysteries with

full-size dinosaurs and interactive paleontology activities; a day in the

life of the human body in Your Body: The Inside Story; and dozens of

interactive experiments in Newton's Alley. Other attractions include the

Kids Room, the five-story St. John Properties IMAX Theater, and the

world-famous Davis Planetarium. For more information log onto or call 410-685-5225.

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