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“Have you ever wondered what the future is like and what it holds for everyone? Welcome to the SM Science Discovery Center, where you get to experience tomorrow’s technology today!”

One thing is for sure, the SM Science Discovery Center will have a big impact on Aidan’s generation. You don’t have to go Singapore to experience a similar Science Discovery Center where you can teach your kids how science and technology will affect our lives. I also liked the environmental focus of the Science Discovery Center and it will teach Filipinos to be sensitive about our environment. My sincere thanks to the Sy Family for creating this Discovery Center.

I took a leap of faith as I paid P330/person entrance fee for myself and Aidan on the opening of Science Discovery Center last Saturday. Only one year old kids and below are free. Just think about going to Singapore to enjoy something like this and the P330 will be a bargain. Don’t compare it to your playtime in Timezone because this is an educational center and more hi-tech than your usual recreational game center. Remember your field trip to the now dilapidated Planetarium in Manila? The new generation will now enjoy the awesome Planetarium inside the Discovery Center.

I do hope they have an frequent pass (good 1 or 2 years) like they do in Singapore because you can only do as much in one visit. This is a good brainwashing tool for your kids to learn to love science and technology. I know families who still avoid Mall of Asia because of the crowd. But the opening of Science Discovery Center would definitely give them a reason to go to MOA.

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As you enter the Discovery Center, you’ll admire how futuristic the planetarium is. I love it!

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Level 1 Map Big Size

Digitar Planetarium
Complete with star field and astronomical capabilities plus digital surround sound, our dome-screened 158-seat Digistar Planetarium creates environment that completely immerse you in images that educate through fun.

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Currently, Digistar Planetarium presents “The Search for Life: Are We Alone?” narrated by Harrison Ford. Too bad, I cannot keep Aidan seated because the surround sound audio was too much for him.

The Search for Life: Are We Alone? Synopsis

For ages, people have looked to the stars with inquisitive and dreaming minds. Sailors and farmers have found guidance in them; poets and lovers, inspiration; scientists and scholars, answers. But everyone who has ever looked heavenward has also found questions in the cosmos. Perhaps the most common question pondered over thousands of years is, “Are we Alone?”

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Check out the 180 degrees planetarium screen! Usually the planetarium shows are shown 40 minutes apart. So there is plenty of opportunity to watch the show. I would not recommend it for toddlers.

Media City
Experience the latest in software and trends in digital information and computer graphics, including the Gesture Xtreme Virtual Games.

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Transport yourself into a basketball game and play interactively with virtual players.

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Virtual Soccer perhaps?

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Aidan’s favorite — the drums!

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Here is a closer look and drums would make a sound if you touch it virtually.

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A closer look of Aidan’s soccer game. You can kick the ball. It is amazing to see this kind of technology in the Philippines.

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I tried to play the volleyball but I would rather take this picture.

Grossology Exhibit
Besides entertaining features that reveal how burping happens (“Burp Man”) and how the kidneys work (“Urine: The Game”), Grossology also offers games involving educational Q-and-A’s about grossness and identifying different bodily odors.

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This is fun to play with friends. Check out the sample questions below…

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answer is 3. Guts!

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This is gross and you need to smell and distinguish morning breath, stinky feet or stinky armpit.

“Sniff Sniff. Peeeeee Yuuuuuu! People stink. Our bodies are home to some very stinky creatures called bacteria. They love to eat sweat. Armpits and feet are covered with oozing sweat pores. Once the bacteria munch on ti — stink city. What causes the stink? It’s the waste products from the bacteria. Inside your mouth live millions of bacteria. During sleep, your mouth stays quiet while bacteria feast on food particles, reproduce, and make wastes. The result is slimy “Morning Mouth.” Bacteria also make some toots smell bad. Inside your large intestine or colon, bacteria gobble leftover food and make two very stinky chemicals — indole (IN dohl) and Skatole. “

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Mr. Burp Man! What happens if there is too much gas pressure in the stomach? Pump up the gas and see!

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Or maybe Urine: The Game is your kind of game? You can’t find this in Timezone, definitely.

Transportation Nation
Have a tour inside the engines that will drive tomorrow’s vehicles and experience the operation of power and the complex technical processes that occur within the objects that have literally brought us to where we are today.

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This is Aidan’s favorite place in Science Discovery Center.

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He can be in the cockpit of the planes and fly it! Look where you are going, Aidan!

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Futuristic modes of transportation. Aidan, I think that is off limits!

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Or maybe, you want to design and build your own car virtually?

Imageport by Digi Print
Image Port showcases the latest in green screen technology. This allow guests to be superimposed on various backgrounds with the help of computer editing through available software programs. Photos may be downloaded and printed on specially themed Science Discovery Center merchandise.

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You can try out this cool greencast technology from digiprint. The cheapest photo would cost you P70.

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These are the different backgrounds you can choose from. It would be fun to have a shot with the entire family.

Scienterific by Toy Kingdom
Worth mentioning also is the Toy shop in the entrance of Science Discovery Center.

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We love these 4d puzzles and these are great Christmas gifts for kids.

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I also liked the collection of science related toys they are selling.

Anton