Maryland Science Center

Maryland Science Center 

Fin, the Scientist


Mwahah! I’ve done it! I’ve finally done it!...oh…hi! I didn’t see you there, you have got to stop sneaking up on me like this! You’re just in time! Barnacle, Henry & I spent the day at the Maryland Science Center located down the street from the Pier 5 Hotel.

I have always been interested in science! From the chemical reactions to the way our every day lives are, science really makes you think and looks at things from a different perspective. I’m really glad Barnacle & Henry were able to come because the Maryland Science Center is doing an IMAX showing of ‘Humpback Whales’ in 3D! I get to show them a little of my world since they’re really not able to go in the water…I could take them to the National Aquarium, which is next door, but I think that’s for a later adventure!

I’ve only been here once, Barnacle & Henry never been. The moment we opened the doors, Barnacle & Henry were in awestruck. The place was HUGE! Barnacle immediately ran for the Dinosaur bones, Henry had to stop him before the T-Rex fell over…Henry was more interested in the Newton’s Alley. For all you scientists out there, the exhibit showcases Sir Isaac Newton’s 3 laws. Can you name them all?

I’ve never seen Henry have so much fun! There were so many hands on activities we didn’t know where to start! We tested the theory of gravity, and then we had to sit on a chair and reach for the stars and then we saw sound! Isn’t that crazy? See what you hear! We were in too deep! I had to grab both of them to the SciLab!

The SciLab is a featured exhibit where we all get fancy scientific jackets and equipment and we got a chance to feel what it’s like to be a scientist! We worked with test tubes, microscopes and more! Surprisingly, Henry was having a lot of fun. He rarely leaves the Inn at Henderson’s Wharf, but when he does, I’m glad he’s able to spend it with us. Barnacle was having difficulty with extracting the DNA samples. You know what DNA is don’t you? That’s what makes up who we are! It’s like a code that makes you, YOU!

After that was over, we went over to ‘The Shed’. The Shed was pretty cool, very hand on. Barnacle liked this one the best because it was more of a Do It Yourself, or DIY, and being the historian that he is, he really got to use his big brain a lot when we had to engineer solutions to certain challenges and finding a mix balance between art and science. I looked at my watch and realized the movie was about to start!

We rushed over to the theater and we grabbed seats in the front row. That way they can realllly experience what it’s like in the deep blue. Set in the spectacular waters of Alaska, Hawaii and the remote islands of Tonga, the adventure offers audiences an up-close look at how these whales communicate, sing, feed, play and take care of their young. I was so thrilled. One of my best friends, Whaley, the humpback whale taught me everything there is to know about Whales!
Did you know that humpbacks were nearly driven to extinction 50 years ago? But my parents said today are making a slow but remarkable recovery. I’m really glad, which reminds me, I probably should visit Whaley. But as the movie ended, I looked over to Barnacle and Henry and they seem mindblown…I told them we could check out the other exhibits another time. But for now, let’s call it a day!

There’s so much to learn about the world and how it works and what better way to do it then with your friends and family. Have you ever been to the Maryland Science Center? Let us know what YOUR favorite exhibit is by tweeting us, or commenting on Pier 5 Hotel’s Facebook!

I have to head back now, but wait until next week to see where our next journey will be.