The McWane Science Center located in Birmingham, Alabama is a great place to take students or your own children if you are in the area.
Current attractions include a hurricane similator, a wild earth similator where riders are in complete control as they travel through African landscapes on an interactive photo safari, and Science on a Sphere is a global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data on a GIANT animated globe. Students can see atmospheric storms, climate change, and ocean temperature can be shown on the sphere which is used to explain complex environmental processes. Science on a Sphere was listed on Time Magazines Best Investions of 2006 list.
The Science Quest section has over 9,000 interactive exhibits including building your own roller coaster and a laser harp. The Challenger Learning Center is a space mission similator.
Students can study and explore minerals, animal skeletons, and skulls as well as fossils and Native American Indian artifacts.
The Imax Theatre currently showing Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and a show on Exploring Mars.
I’m adding the McWane Science Center to my list of summer must-go-see places!