Tampa, Fla., July 10, 2014 – As a part of its on-going effort to become more accessible to the Tampa Bay community, MOSI has announced that, effective immediately, all children 5 and under will now receive free admission to the Museum of Science & Industry.
Children 5 and under have a wide variety of activities to enjoy while at MOSI. With 25,000 square feet of exhibit space, Kids In Charge! is open to the general public during regular museum operating hours and is divided into separate areas: ACTIVATE!, where kids can experiment with weighted wheels, gravity, and momentum; INVESTIGATE!, interactive experiments where children can test their skills of observation and analysis; KIDS CREATE!, an area where guests apply creativity and teamwork to design and build various objects, along with exhibits like Mission: Moonbase and Slippery Science. Additionally, MOSI offers a wide variety of preschool programs and activities to keep younger children engaged.
As the only institution solely dedicated to science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) education, MOSI continues to make accessibility a priority. With MOSI now offering free admission to all children 5 and under, in addition to its participation in the Blue Star Museums initiative, its recent announcement of free memberships for Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas county school employees, and providing 400 Summer Science Camp scholarships this year, MOSI now gives approximately $4 million back to the community annually in free tickets, memberships, scholarships, outreach and educator trainings.
Additionally, MOSI hosts several free community-wide events each year including: the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County Hurricane EXPO; Hillsborough County Schools Elementary Science Olympics and Brain Bowl; free educator events for teachers, administrators and their families; a free home school educators open house; and free quarterly SkyWatches, an event where the community can come and use MOSI telescopes and talk to our educators about the wonders of space. In addition to holding several annual discounted admission days, including five $5 day events just last year, MOSI also hosts more than 1,200 middle school students of migrant families each year through its Meet the Scientist Day, as part of the National Hispanic Scientist of the Year event.
MOSI is a non-profit, community-based institution and educational resource that is dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge, and understanding of STEAM. MOSI’s core ideology is to make a difference in people’s lives by making science real for people of all ages and backgrounds.
For more information, call 813-987-6000 or visit mosi.org. For ways you can support MOSI, call 813-987-6076.
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About MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry)
MOSI is a not-for-profit, community-based institution and educational resource dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge, and understanding of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) and is home to the only IMAX® DOME Theatre in the state of Florida. With a total size of more than 400,000 square feet, MOSI is the largest science center in the southeastern United States. Learn through play inside Kids In Charge! the largest Children’s Science Center in the nation; The Amazing You—a 13,000-square-foot exhibition on health and wellness; or Disasterville, featuring Bay News 9 WeatherQuest, which combines education and 10,000 square feet of interactive exhibits on the science behind natural disasters. Conquer your fears on MOSI’s Sky Trail® Ropes Course, featuring 35 elements on a 12 – 36-foot-high, multilevel structure, or soar 700 feet on the Sky Trail Zip Line. Budding inventors can engineer anything imaginable and hold it in the palm of their hand in MOSI’s new technology playground and inventor’s studio, Idea Zone, and preschoolers can experiment with friction and collision physics in Slippery Science, a PNC Passport to Science – Grow Up Great Initiative. Additionally, MOSI recently unveiled its newest exhibition Mission: Moonbase, funded in part by NASA, where guests can travel to the moon to operate a lunar colony. MOSI is the proud winner of the 2009 National Medal for Museums by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the nation’s highest honor for museums. For more information on MOSI, visit www.mosi.org.