New playground, lab space opens at the South Florida Science Center

The South Florida Science Center on Wednesday unveiled two new additions — a shaded playground and a renovated multipurpose building — that will be used by museumgoers, summer campers and other students.

The South Florida Science Center’s new playground

The 2,500-square-foot playground is designed for children under 7 years old.  It was built in conjunction with PNC Bank and the Lost Tree Foundation, the science center said.

The playground, which cost $150,000 to construct, is completely fenced in.

The center’s Multipurpose Center has been converted into a classroom environment suitable for workshops and creative spaces with 3D printers, robotics labs and computer programming spaces.

The renovation project cost about $500,000 to complete, officials said.

The playground and multipurpose space mark the science center’s latest expansion efforts.

A 3D printer at the South Florida Science Center.

The center recently unveiled its new mini golf course. The Conservation Course was designed by Gary Nicklaus and Jim Fazio, sons of two local icons of the golf course industry.

Lew Crampton, the center’s president and CEO, said the nonprofit hopes to open a new $1 million outdoor campus this fall. The outdoor space will include a human sundial, physics forest, gem panning station and dinosaur walk.
The center also has plans for a Human Brain exhibit. Officials have raised about $200,000 of the $2 million they need to complete the project, Crampton said.

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