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Pensacola MESS Hall, Pensacola

(4.7/5 based on 55 reviews on the web)
The Pensacola MESS (Math, Engineering, Science & Stuff) Hall is a hands on experience for exploration. It embraces the learner’s need to “mess about” with science to gain intuition in scientific phenomena. This concept incorporates the ideals of inquiry based science, where learners' explorations are driven by their own questions, rather than the questions dictated by an authority figure.
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  • Took the kids here after hearing a lot of wonderful things. So glad we did. I don't know who had more fun, the kids or adults! Lots and lots of hands on learning fun. I can't wait to go back and neith...  more »
  • Had a few hours to kill before dinner, so took my 6, 5, and 3 year old there. We all really enjoyed ourselves. It is truly a "hands on - kid friendly" place. There were enough activities to keep all t...  more »
  • There is a ton of things to do here for all ages. You just have to go around and dive into a project area. Lots of cool concepts and things to teach kiddos and challenging puzzles for adults. Great pl...  more »
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  • My son absolutely loved his visit. Asks at least once a week if we can go back. He loved making flying creations for the wind tunnels.
  • Don't expect a typical museum experience--it's even better. As an adult, it helped me step back and relearn how I can better help my kids interact with ANY environment through science. It amazed me that being a scientist seemed to come naturally to children--but I had been taught many social behaviors that hindered that process. I wanted instructions, had an urge to ask permission to explore (despite having been given it), desired validation and approval. Am I doing this right and did we do a good job? This was so much more satisfying when we could drop those expectations. Children gravitated to concepts that interested them and explored tangibly using the materials and knowledge at each station. They moved socially, often accessing each other for assistance which provided social practice. Even the baby in our group explored by pushing a stool around the entire room, overcoming obstacles, feeling the friction via vibrations. Adults supported even the baby in enriching experiences instead of saying "stools are for sitting." Wish we had one in my town but in reality--every place is a MESS Hall.
  • A really great experience for children (ages 4-12) and adults as well. If you have a child in public school, you may be familiar with the acronym S.T.E.M.(Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). This is a great place to do "hands-on" STEM activities. A really fun and educational experience.
  • The mess hall is an awesome. Love the creativity of it and learning experiences.kids always want to come back.
  • I think this is a fun place for younger kids. My kid is 11 he enjoyed it however I think younger kids would enjoy the interactive activities better.