A day trip to Lodi is a fun and educational outing for the whole family

By Heather Crivellone

The World of Wonders Science museum located in Lodi is a mini- Exploratorium. Without having to travel to San Francisco and deal with the parking, crowds or high costs,  you can take your younger children to this museum in downtown Lodi for an afternoon of science, play and exploration  without the headaches of the big city.

This hands on museum is great for children ages preschool to adults.  They can learn about the wonders of magnetism, gravity, energy, electricity  and more…all while playing games and exploring with the interactive exhibits.   I recently took my kids here for the day to explore (ages 3 and 5) and I was surprised at how long my kids were engaged and “playing” at each exhibit.  They may not understand quite yet what they were doing- but it was a fun way to introduce them to the magic of science.
My little guy was intrigued by the “build your own Lego race car” and watching it “race” down the ramp.  We also had fun with bubbles, dominoes, Plasma Balls, Wind Tubes and much, much more.  They thought they were just playing and having fun- but really, they were learning about the variables of kinetic energy, observing electric currents on meters, and experimenting with reflection and refraction while seeing how light behaves.   It was a great learning experience- all while playing with my children.  My daughter especially loved the “Bearded Dragon” and wanted to take him home….not so sure that this is the best first pet for our family, and I’m still trying to convince her that a goldfish is more our speed.

The World of Wonders (WOW) Science Museum is located at N Sacramento Street in Lodi.  About an hour outside of downtown Sacramento.  They are open Wednesday- Sunday from 10am to 5pm.  Admission into the museum in $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for children ages 2-17 and FREE for teachers.

And from what I’ve been told, a trip to Lodi with your kids isn’t complete until you have also visited the Serpentarium–  A living Reptile Museum/ Store that has been considered as “Lodi’s best kept secret”.  This museum/ reptile store houses one of the largest reptile displays in the country.  They have exhibits showcasing Pythons, Rainbow Boas, False Water Cobras, Anacondas, lizards, turtles, geckos and more.

Admission into the store/museum is only $2 per person and that includes the experiences of being able to feed a 6 foot Water Monitor, hold and take photos with an 11 foot Albino Burmese Python, checkout Scorpions, Hissing Cockroaches and more.
If you are a reptile lover, have a kid that is intrigued by these creatures or just want to check out the mysterious world of reptiles- then this is the place for you!

Either way, a trip to Lodi with your kids can be a fun and educational experience.  And don’t forget- you are also surrounded by vineyards…so, if mom or dad wants to make a pit stop, then pack a picnic and enjoy some of the regions best varietals.  The Lodi Wine and Visitor Center offers a tasting room along with an educational center-  I don’t necessarily condone wine tasting with kids, but if you are in the area and want to experience all that this area has to offer, it’s just a “hop, skip and a jump” away from the museums.  So enjoy a day out with your kids..  have fun, learn and explore in Lodi.


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