So after witnessing the candle blowing and cheek-pinching of Anton and Rache’s two little boys, we headed off to the discovery center proper. The SM Science Discovery Center is a two level facility built for interactive fun for kids as well as for adults who want to enjoy something different from the typical mall.
The top level contains the LEGO Mindstorms NXT room, a robo demolition derby arena, a robot museum, the earthquake room and the virtual reef.
This was the first time I’ve seen a Mindstorms kit in action. It’s always been a geek dream to purchase one of these, but the hefty price point of more than P15,000.00 for LEGO is just discombobulating. The earthquake room is a pressure plate that simulates an actual earthquake. It didn’t really deliver.
The bottom level of the Science Discovery Center contains the interactive video games area (ala Nintendo Wii motion capture screens), the Grossology area and the “vehicles of tomorrow” zone – the Philippines’ solar powered car is here as well as that wheel thing that reminds me of the leader’s vehicle from the Spiral Zone cartoon.
This floor is also the entrance to the planetarium, which is the main attraction of the center. Inside, you’re greeted with a movie theater where the screen is on the dome. The feature film was a documentary on the planets and the origin of life. Geek that I am — it was narrated by none other than Harrison Ford.
I honestly forgot to ask how much the day pass package cost, but I must say that it’s a good break from the regular routine of going to the mall. The Science Discovery Center is definitely a must visit for geeky couples 🙂