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Florida: Daytona Beach, Family Vacation Ideas - Museum of Arts and Sciences  and Children’s Science Center.282FLDaytonaHarp  MOAS has always provided exceptional ways to share museum time with children from teddy bear collections and giant sloth bones to train talk and nature walks. Now a new addition - a remarkable new building dedicated to hands-on science – adds to the fun. The new family space is spunky, inspiring, interactive, and super cool.

The Charles and Linda William’s Children’s Museum is the first hands-on science center in Volusia County. Created for young visitors ages one to  12 the contemporary space provides oodles of ways to stimulate curiosity, creativity, and learning through fun, interactive exhibits. I took a sneak peek when I was in Daytona and the 9,300 sq. ft. space looks and feels like fun. The museum uses plenty of natural light  to showcase more than fifteen professionally designed interactive exhibits demonstrating various principles of science, engineering, and physics.
The Children’s Museum facilitates hands-on, inquiry-oriented experiences in order to develop scientific reasoning in young students and a wonderful way to have some hands-on fun with their parents. The exhibits have been designed by Hands On, Inc., an award-winning exhibition design firm with clients from major cities around the world including Cairo, Belfast, and Boston. 282FLDaytonaPizzaYoung visitors are invited to play a laser harp or cast a shadow; launch a tennis ball or make waves; defy gravity or serve pizza. Within the gallery docents provide useful hints to parents and demonstrate basics of science creating on the spot excitement.

About the Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences. Diverse collections unite at the Museum of Arts and Sciences (MOAS). Located in a beautiful 90-acre natural setting in Daytona Beach, MOAS is the primary art, history and science museum of Central Florida. Planetarium and laser shows daily. Museum Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday - Saturday) and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Sunday). Museum admission is $12.95 for adults, $6.95 for children 6-17, $10.95 for seniors and students, members and children 5 and under are free. Admission includes planetarium shows. MOAS is fully accessible to the disabled. MOAS is located at 352 S. Nova Road, Daytona Beach, Florida 32114. For more information call (386) 255-0285 or visit

Location on the planet. Daytona Beach on the north tip of Florida’s Central East Coast, is located 54 miles from Orlando making it just an hour’s drive from many popular theme parks and more awesome shopping. Daytona Beach International Airport is served by several major airlines, including Continental, Delta, Air Tran and U.S. Airways, with service to more than 150 destinations worldwide.

Content and images provided by MOAS; comments by Nancy Nelson-Duac. Updated copyright 2014.

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