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Rain Forest Adventure comes to Science Center

Posted at 5:41 PM, Jun 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-04 17:41:10-04

New this summer at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium in West Palm Beach is the Rain Forest Adventure exhibit.

"It's a giant indoor maze where you can explore the entire rain forest," bosts Marketing Director Melinda Grenz. "Kids can really explore, learn, and get their wiggles out."

You get guided through the maze by answering rain forest trivia questions. Answer wrong, you hit a dead end, and literally, get schooled on the right answer.

Dawn Young, a mom, visiting the Palm Beaches from Tennessee, took her son through the presentation. "It's active. You can go through and make choices and learn from mistakes."

If you answer the questions correctly, you come across a mini zip line, monkey bars where you can swing like a primate, even see how far you can jump like a frog.

Vines make up about 8% of the rain forest. The Science Center demonstrates this with hundreds of ropes hanging down in one section of the presentation, it's kind of hard to get through, but it's a lot of fun.

"Yes, I would recommend it, because it's more than just the beach. It's better you can learn while you're active," says Young.

Also new for summer is the new splash pad and outdoor changing stations. The water gets treated and reused over and over.

Another addition is a thirty-foot tyrannosaurus rex from the 1970s with a fresh coat of paint, "She's wonderful. She's guarding our entrance here at the science center," says Grenz. FPL donated the dinosaur that was outside one of their power plants, even weathered a few hurricanes, and the Science Center had a naming contest, and the name that won is Rosie.