I remember the first time I saw an IMAX movie. It was at the Mugar Omni Theater at the Boston Museum of Science, and I thought I’d been transported into the future. It was an amazing experience. Now, IMAX theaters are slightly more ubiquitous. Here in the Boston area, we have four local theaters, each with its own character and movie choices.
The Mugar Omni Theater features a five-story-tall IMAX dome screen and a state-of-the art sound system. Movies are generally science or history based, with some educational elements. Tickets are $8-$10 and you don’t need valid admission to the exhibit halls. Take the D branch of the green line to Science Park, or park in the expensive, but adjacent garage.
This IMAX theater, located right on the Boston Harbor adjacent to the New England Aquarium, generally features movies focused on animals or underwater adventures. Tickets are $9.95 for adults and $7.95 for kids, and can also be purchased in conjunction with aquarium admission. You can take the Aquarium stop on the MBTA blue line, or there’s parking available at several nearby garages. If you are traveling to South Station, you can walk to the aquarium in about fifteen minutes.
Jordan’s Furniture locations in Natick and Reading both offer 8-story IMAX theaters, with plenty of free parking at both locations, Temper-Pedic seats, and state of the art sound systems. Theaters generally show the latest blockbusters available in IMAX format. Tickets are a bit more expensive for the Hollywood Feature Films – $10.50-$11.50 plus a 3-D glasses charge, while regular IMAX features are $6.50-$8.50 (plus the 3-D glasses charge).
The Boston Museum of Science, located right in the city, offers something for kids of every age, and is definitely worth checking out. If you are visiting, plan on spending at least a half day – longer if you plan to see any shows.
You can take the D branch of the green line to Science Park if you’d like to take public transportation, or there’s a parking garage available. Be prepared though – it isn’t cheap.
There are three wings to the museum – the red wing, with most of the museum’s amenities (theater, planetarium, gift shop, restaurants), the green wing, with most of the biology and animal-type exhibits, and the blue wing (my personal favorite).
Before heading through the front entrance to the exhibit halls, you’ll need to purchase tickets. At that time, decide whether or not you want to see any of the ticketed shows (such as those in the Planetarium or the Omnimax Imax Theater). In addition, you can check out a show schedule for any of the free shows located throughout the exhibit halls. If you think you’ll be visiting the museum more than once in a year, it may be advantageous for you to purchase a museum membership, which will also give you discounts on purchases and parking.
I always start out in the blue wing, because it’s the largest, and my favorite. Can’t miss exhibits include the Theater of Electricity (hasn’t changed since the 80s but I still love it!), Cahner’s ComputerPlace, the Lighthouse, and the AutoKinetic Sculpture. Depending on what your kids are currently learning in school, there are lots of other great exhibits they’ll enjoy also.
Food at the Museum of Science is catering by Wolfgang Puck and is much better than your average museum food. The gift shop is also better than many museum shops. It carries a wide variety of educational products at pretty reasonable prices. We usually give the kids a small budget and let them choose their own souvenir.
The Museum of Science, Boston
1 Science Park
Boston, MA 02114
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On August 6, 2011, join the Mass Hort Society at Elm Bank for the Massachusetts Marketplace Festival. It features the finest products from New England farms, kitchens, gardens, and fields, and includes children’s crafts, live music, food, and more!
Admission: Adults – $6, MassHort Members – $4, Children Under 12 – $2. Tickets are available at the gate.
To learn more, visit the Mass Hort website.