The wait is over! Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs celebrates its grand re-opening this Saturday, March 7 after closing last fall for a $7.8 million renovation. We gave you a first look back in February, and now we have even more photos to share!

Take a peek below, and be sure to visit the museum for its grand re-opening this weekend! For more info and updates, visit their Facebook page and their website

Kids can get moving as soon as they walk through the front door: A spacious new entryway contains the Marvelous Motion exhibit full of hands-on interactives.

Downstairs, two major pieces are sure to be kiddie hotspots: the modern jungle gym called the Gyroid Climber and the two-story water tower.

Kids can splash around in the water feature, tossing colorful balls into streams that jet them high into the air--up to the second story, in fact. Cannons on the upper level allow kids to propel the balls even higher and into a funnel that drops them back down into the fountain’s central feature--a water vortex.

Families will find the museum’s popular cave maze, along with an expanded exhibit all about the Natural State’s underground. The Arkansas Underfoot exhibit explores 13 types of rocks and minerals and where to find them in our state.

Kids can also sort microfossils under a microscope, spend time inside the giant tree reading nook, and discover “yucky” science like bacteria and decomposition.

Then, step into the Digital Dome Theater for a telescopic journey through space and the simulated universe.

Plus, you’ll find The Workshops and tons of interactive fun: Make a stop-motion animated film; keep a beat on the electronic drums; power a hairdryer by turning a wheel and more.

The museum’s upgrades extend to the outdoors, as well.

Highlighting the serene wooded location, the Science Skywalk juts into the forest canopy 30 feet above the ground.

Visitors safely view the trees from a bird’s-eye-view and explore small exhibits in the tree house.

Adventurous youngsters can even climb around a cargo net suspended in the center of the walkway!

The museum will also offer all-new summer camps and field trips for all ages. For more info, visit