The best and most useful advice I ever received prior to becoming a parent was: “You’ve gotta get over the gross.” Of course that person was referring to the inevitability of my future child’s explosive poop diapers and inconvenient puke sessions (and boy are they inconvenient). Now, the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is taking gross to the next level with its summer 2016 exhibition, “Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body.” The exhibit will educate children ages 6 to 14 and their families about why their bodies produce mushy, oozy, crusty, scaly, stinky things, which many people, including this Boca mom, consider gross.
Based on the best-selling book by science teacher Sylvia Branzei, the colorful exhibit incorporating sophisticated animatronics opened to the public this past Saturday and will run through Oct. 10. “Grossology” is incredibly interactive and aimed at educating kids about their bodies and how they function.
“Grossology” takes visitors on a tour of their bodies, by way of Magic School Bus style, as they literally step through the mouth of the exhibit. Once inside the exhibit, “Nigel Nose-It-All” will explain why people have runny noses and allergies, and why they sneeze; “Tour Du Nose” takes guests on a tour through a nose replica—standing at 10 feet tall; “Burp Man,” a larger than life cartoon character, who drinks from a three-foot-tall soda can pumped by visitors, details the cause of burps; and “Click Ick” allows visitors an opportunity to play nine different activities, including exploratory labs, puzzles, games and more. As visitors wind their way through 5,000 square feet of human science, they will also learn about skin issues, “gas attacks” and the piece de resistance: vomit.
Learning is achieved through the use of interactive experiences, challenges and just plain gross fun—just in time for summer vacation!
For more information about “Grossology,” or other Science Center programming, please call 561/832-1988 or click here.