Summer Fun—Day 45: Cool off at Robinson Nature Center

Stay cool in the full-dome theater and planetarium at the Robinson Nature Center in Columbia.

Check out the night sky or see movies like “Earth, Moon and Sun” or “Black Holes.”

In addition to the planetarium, the nature center has tons of interactive learning opportunities, like the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and Life of the Forest exhibits.

Kids will love the Discovery Room, which has an animal wall with live critters, and the Touch Tank, which is open on weekends and has sea life that children can get their hands on.

Wednesdays are a great day to visit because admission is free, though the center warns that parking lots could become full, so overflow parking is located at the Hickory Ridge Village Center and there will be complimentary shuttles from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children age 3-17 and is free for children younger than 3. The center is open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Note: the center is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

For more information, visit the Robinson Nature Center website.

For other fun ways to cool off, check out our 4 cool ways to beat the heat this summer.

For other places to learn about nature, check out our 7 nature centers kids will love in the Baltimore/Annapolis area.

For more summer fun ideas, visit our 100 Days of Summer list of family activities and our daily calendar of events.

Photos courtesy of Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks.

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