Kristen Manieri is travel and lifestyle writer living in Orlando, FL with her husband and two little girls. Her work has appeared in such publications as Air Tran’s GO Magazine, Dreamscapes, Florida Guides, Costco Connection and Orlando Magazine. Living in the Sunshine State has given Kristen endless adventures and writing material as she’s explored Florida from Amelia Island all the way down to Key West.

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Sesame Street Arrives at the Orlando Science Center

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I LOOOOOOVE our Orlando Science Center. In the three years since my parents started buying us a family membership for Christmas presents, I’ve lost count of the number of times we ‘ve visited. I love the way it grows with us, always engaging my girls, now 3 and 5, with interesting exhibits and interactive ways to get them thinking about the world around them.

Recently we started seeing CineDome movies in the theatre that looks like a planetarium, but you’ll still find us whiling away at least an hour in the orange grove, a place I swear offers one of the best lessons in cooperation and teamwork my kids have ever received. Kids have to work together to get the oranges loaded onto a conveyor, then take turns pedaling a bike to create the energy that powers it.

Besides permanent exhibits showcasing everything from Florida wildlife to dinosaurs to weather, the Orlando Science Center features spectacular traveling exhibits that set up shop for just a few months.

Now through January 5, 2014, Level 2 is the new home for Sesame Street Presents: The Body, a hands-on, interactive, multimedia exhibition inviting kids to learn about anatomy, nutrition and exercise. It’s AWESOME, but don’t take my word for it. These photos will give you a glimpse into the colorful and engaging experiences that captivated the imaginations of my kids.

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Sweet photo opp! The life-like sets are identical to the ones on television.

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Anatomy stations teach kids about the number of bones in our legs, hands, and feet.

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My kids loved this diner filled with tons of play food and opportunities to play chef.

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Run, row or cycle and a little light shows kids how far they’ve traveled through this colorful park rendering.

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Kids can shop for healthy foods and play a scanner game in the faux supermarket…

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… then take turns being the cashier. “That’ll be $22 please.”

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There are a few computer games, but mostly the exhibit is low tech, which I love.

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Definitely set aside a full hour to let your preschooler explore the space.

 

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