Is Mom Brain Real? Find Out at the South Florida Science Center

Carla Duhaney checks out "Journey Through the Human Brain" with children Sean and Tia Duhaney.

While writing this post, I was trying to come up with a clever way to talk about the most advanced exhibit in the world on the human brain, which opens today at the South Florida Science Center & Aquarium.

So, I started using it—my “mom brain” that is—but my thoughts started wandering. It’s hard to focus these days with so many parenting distractions.

“Journey Through the Human Brain,” a $2.5 million, 2,500-square-foot permanent exhibit, couldn’t be a better and more fun place to do research on my “mom brain”…and the reason I have it in tow.

Yes, I mean my child.

The author’s daughter poses with a prehistoric friend in front of the museum.

The exhibit opening was timed to highlight Brain Awareness Week, March 11 to 17, which is a global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. The exhibit is also a first-time collaboration of South Florida bio-tech powerhouses such as the Scripps Research Institute of Florida, Max Plank Institute for Neuroscience, Quantum Foundation, the Stiles-Nicholson Foundation and Palm Healthcare Foundation.

“Journey Through the Human Brain” is part of the new west wing of the South Florida Science Center and has multiple galleries with activities for all ages. For example, try your hand at moving a prosthetic arm with just your brain waves, or walk through a projection of the brain on fog. Visit the “Lie to Me” gallery to find out if your child is fibbing—I think that activity will be my favorite one! Those are just a few of the 30 interactive stations available in the exhibit.

Macie and Cameron Dube check out “Journey Through the Human Brain”

Start thinking about booking your Spring Break tickets to the Science Center. There are several amazing exhibits to see, but this premier exhibition is not to be missed!

Your brain…and your child will thank you.

4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach; 561/832-1988; sfsciencecenter.orgAdults: $16.95, kids (3-12) $12.95, and seniors (60+) $14.95.

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