The children’s science museum makes for a fun outing on a rainy or exceptionally polluted day. It is best to go on a day when Chinese school is in session, although I do not think the traffic would be too horrible even if school wasn’t in session.
If you go in the main door, to the left is the space exhibit area, and to the right are the kid electricity/magnet exhibits.
The children’s science museum is located on the second floor, but the first floor is also kid-friendly-with many hands-on activities related to electricity and magnets, I believe. The third floor educates people about the human body, but if I remember correctly, that floor was not as kid-friendly.
Despite the fact that the signs and instructions are in Chinese, by either watching others or just experimenting, you can figure out most of the activities.
Some of the activities that I remember from the science section are- a Christmas tree that lights up when someone yells, a bike that lets you see how fast you are going, and an air jet that you try to balance a ball on top of. There are also optical illusions, a basketball game, and a hall of mirrors.
I would avoid letting your child go into the little “optical illusion house” at all costs. It is on the left soon after you go up the stairs, and I believe that it is yellow. I walked in and promptly exited, gagging on the strong smell.
Keep an eye on your children at all times, it is very easy for them to get lost – we had to call my teenage daughter over the intercom after we could not find her, and the intercom system was not loud enough so we ended up having to search for her again.
- Name: 天津科学技术馆 – Tiānjīn Kēxué Jìshùguǎn
河西区隆昌路94号 – 平江道与隆昌路的路口 – Héxī Qū Lóngchāng Lù 94 hào – Píngjiāng Dào yǔ Lóngchāng Lù de lùkǒu – 94 Longchang Lu, Hexi District – Intersection of Pingjiang Dao and Longchang Lu (just north of it)