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What is Kids In Charge?




Kids In Charge! The Children's Science Center at MOSI is a uniquely designed space for children twelve and under.




Based on cutting-edge theories about learning and skill building, Kids In Charge! emphasizes the value of learning through play by bringing together science, creative thinking and inspire the imagination.  With a total size of 40,000 square feet, including 25,000 square feet of exhibit space, Kids In Charge! is the largest children’s science center in the country.





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Imagination Playground

MOSI’s newest interactive experience, Imagination Playground, is NOW OPEN and enables kids to engineer everything from robots to cities using cubes, bricks, cogs, curves, and cylinders. Imagination Playground allows kids to play in a way that encourages creativity and collaboration, while continually exploring new directions and initiatives that promote the benefits of learning, social development, movement and above all, fun.


This breakthrough play space concept enables children to create open-ended designs in a safe environment led by one of MOSI's education staff. Guests can head over to MOSI’s children’s science center, Kids in Charge!, and dive into a play space that, unlike a traditional playground, is not made of monkey bars, slides or see-saws.  In this innovative hands-on zone, children work with large foam pieces to connect and build in intricate ways, enabling them to bring their visions to life.

Designed by David Rockwell, these unique building blocks are non-toxic and made of a lightweight, yet durable foam. They are soft and friendly to the touch yet dense and firm enough to build structures and shapes.


Slippery Science

Slippery Science, is located inside Kids In Charge!, MOSI’s children’s science center, and contains multiple exhibits that incorporate elements of the Tampa Bay Times Forum and Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team as a backdrop. Slippery Science includes a series of interactive exhibits that teach friction, physics, the science behind reaction time and more. Inside the exhibit, guests will be able to play games, see what’s inside the hockey protection of a player’s uniform and even ham it up on the JumboTron. 



Mission: Moonbase


Mission: Moonbase is a simulated permanent lunar base in the year 2070. The premise is that it is built near the south pole of the Moon where there is believed to be large reservoirs of frozen water reasonably available within the rocks, and where some highlands can experience long periods of sunlight. Moonbase is the operations center of a larger operation that also includes food production (farming) and mining facilities.





An impressive space of motion and physical activity, Activate! lets visitors experiment with weighted wheels, gravity, and momentum, and encourages observation and experimentation.


The key concept of Investigate! is focused, thinking-based experiments that both challenge and build skills of observation, logic, analysis, and imagination.


Kids Create!

The main focus of Kids Create! is to provide guests an environment where they can apply knowledge, skill, and creativity to the process of “making”. Working in teams, kids design and build various objects throughout Kids Create!


Fields to Meals

Designed for children of seven years and under, the focus of Fields to Meals is the development of gross motor skills, fine motor skills, balance, coordination, classification, and movement. In this area, children learn about the food chain – from the field to the table.   

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