A $30 Million Expansion Makes KidsTown The Place to Be for Children
Theme parks are great fun but, occasionally, we need an alternative. Less than 30 minutes north of all Disney Golden Oak homes for sale is the Orlando Science Center (OSC) and their newly revamped KidsTown.
The new KidsTown is a part of a $30 million renovation of the OSC complex, it’s first in 20 years. KidsTown features 11,000 square feet of multi-functional space, holding seven zones and 75 exhibits.
What’s Different About KidsTown?
If you have visited KidsTown in the past, you will notice a number of changes immediately. Previously, OSC did not cater to children younger than the age of three. The new KidsTown features Toddler Town, an area designed specifically for the museum’s smallest visitors.
KidsTown now has an updated look. The OSC opened in 1997 and had not enjoyed a major renovation in that time. The new look reflects 2016 tastes and aesthetics. KidsTown was also moved to the second floor of the OSC, giving visitors direct access to the area from the parking garage. The OSC’s renovation also reflects demographic changes over the last 20 years with all exhibits featuring a Spanish translation.
What You Will See at KidsTown
The new KidsTown is a mix of spruced up favorites and dynamic additions. Families can now enjoy:
Orange Grove: The standout feature of the old KidsTown is larger, but still sends kids through the process of taking an orange from the grove to the store. Foam orange balls are picked, put into the tower, sent through the factory, and “driven” to the market.
Issacs Family ClimbTime: This area features stunning climbing walls, ropes bridges, and an obstacle course.
Drip Drop Splash: In this area, kids can learn about the dynamics of water through a water table where they can change the path of water flow by arranging a series of dams and other obstacles. Children can also get a little wet by standing inside a man-made rain storm.
Harriet’s KidsTown Theatre: This is where KidsTown story time will take place and has a set or props for kids to play with.
Explore It: A large and fun area, designed to the spark imagination. The area features 18-foot tubes in which colorful scarfs are pulled through and shot into the air, where they gently glide to the ground. The area also features a giant Lite-Brite board.