This is a large museum sure to provide hours of entertainment for the family. They have lot of hands-on type of learning experiences for the kids, special exhibits, an Imax theater, and a planetarium. The museum can get expensive since things like the shows, Butterfly Place, and the 3D cinema are extra. Parking is also very expensive. This museum is part of the reciprocal museum pass program where you can get free admission if you're a member of another member museum. If you have a family and think you'll go a lot, consider getting a membership (and Premium members park free for 2 hours). Members get some passes as part of their membership. The laser shows at the Planetarium are highly recommended. Fridays nights, weather permitting, you can go to the observatory. There are lots of dining options and an excellent museum shop.