Monday, December 11, 2017
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Theme park guide: Local attractions have new features this summer

Museum of Science and Industry

Mummies of the World: The Tampa science museum landed a gem by getting the exhibit to make Tampa its only Florida stop. The mummies exhibit, running now through Labor Day, is the largest collection of human and animal mummies ever assembled. There are some 150 specimens and objects from around the globe from more than 20 museums.

Zip line: And this summer MOSI will add a state-of-the-art zip line as an outdoor feature. It will take riders from launches that rise up to 50 feet from the ground and zip over MOSI's Kids In Charge! building to another tower more than a football field away. They then turn around and do it all over again for the return trip. It will be located next to the Ropes Course that debuted last year.

MOSI admission is $18.95, $16.95 seniors, $12.95 child ages 2-12; $5 additional each for MOSI exhibits or IMAX, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa.

Great Explorations

The interactive children's museum in St. Petersburg is rolling out a new Great Beginnings exhibit in mid June aimed at kids age 1 to 4. Part of the area has a farm theme, where kids can pick toy vegetables and sort and categorize them with numbers and letters, play "veggie music" with drums and tambourines shaped like produce, and there's a dress-up area with farm costumes. There will also be a beach area, where kids can play in pretend sand and climb on things like turtles and giant crabs. Also coming for the youngest visitors is a ball pit and large foam blocks for building and stacking. The museum is free for children under 2, $10 for 2-54 years, $9 for ages 55 and up, at 1925 Fourth St. N.

Lowry Park Zoo

This summer the zoo will be opening a ride called Outback Bumper Boats in Wallaroo. It is replacing the Wool Shed playground, which was 10 years old. They hope to have it open by the end of June. Also, the zoo's animal trainers are training red and blue macaws to fly to designated locations in the zoo, so keep an eye out for them. Zoo admission is $23.96, $21.95 seniors, $18.95 children 3-11, at 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne

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