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  • Address: 301 N. Tryon Street
  • Hours: Mon-Fri: 9am - 4pm; Sat: 10am - 6pm; Sun: 12pm - 5pm
  • Admission: Adults: $12; Senior/Child: $10
Families with small children will appreciate the interactive science and technology exhibits at Discovery Place, which includes the largest IMAX theater in the Carolinas. In a single visit, your kids can laugh, get grossed out, and learn complex concepts about the natural world -- as well as enjoy a cupcake. 

Permanent exhibits here include Worlds Alive, which includes a hands-on aquarium and an indoor rainforest; architecture studio Project Build; and KidScience, a playroom designed to teach kids 7 and under about simple math concepts, weather patterns, and more.  

Scientists and performers present stage shows and splashy demonstrations designed to illustrate everything from animal behavior to the different states of elements.  A rotating series of short 3D films tell stories about endangered creatures, while there are always two longer movies to choose from at the IMAX Dome.

The on-site Community Café offers gluten-free options, organic produce and a Cupcake Corner with a seasonal menu of treats. 

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