February 19, 2014

Prince Salman Science Oasis, Riyadh

Don't think that I don't like my job when I tell you that I took a leave of absence just to accompany my daughter to her field trip. I do love my job. But my daughter is growing up fast and I don't want to miss the chances of being with her on times she asks me to.

Ever read or heard about the famous deathbed regret quote? It says, “No man ever said on his deathbed, ‘I wish I had spent more time in the office.'” That thought reminds me to always have time for my family, no matter how busy I am at work. So on times I need to choose between being a mom and an office employee, I always choose the former. And I haven't regretted that choice since I started making it.

Prince Salman Science Oasis' eight planets
Let me be honest here. One of the reasons I went to that field trip was to check out places that aren't included in my must-go-to list here in Riyadh. I am so sure museums and exhibition centers are way below your list too, if they're there at all.

The visitors are free to try these simple machines

Echo tubes
View of the machines from the upper deck

*Prince Salman Science Oasis (PSSO) is a non-profit organization charged with developing an interactive science center. Through the science center, and associated activities PSSO aims to improve public awareness of science, and to promote scientific knowledge and its practical application for peace and benefit of mankind as a whole. Our hope is to inspire people with the noble purpose of advancing scientific knowledge and technology in ways that respect cultural diversity and freedom. - *source

Motion Machine

Pulleys and simple gears

Stuffed and mounted animals on display

I didn't hear what the patient PSSO staff explained to students here.

The electrostatic generator tried by kids

Entrance to PSSO.

The kids, especially Sunday, enjoyed the visit to PSSO. I didn't. I wasn't too impressed with the machines on display and with the Science Center as a whole. But then again, just remembering that my main intention for checking it out is to be with daughter erased all those thoughts of unmet expectations.Besides, who wouldn't appreciate an entrance fee of just SR5?

Prince Salman Science Oasis
P.O. Box 92141 Riyadh 11653
Phone: +966 11 4830404 Ext. 11
Fax: +966 11 4828276 Ext. 12

Schools and Group, by reservation: Saturday - Friday, 8 AM - 4 PM
Families: Saturday - Monday / Wednesday - Thursday, 4 PM - 8 PM
Men: Tuesdays, 4 PM - 8 PM

Entrance fee: SR5, Free for children aged >6, SR150 for schools and groups


Photo Cache said...

Hi Beth....

In response to your question about HK....the $100 is for the train ride from the airport to the city,it's a round trip fare. The sightseeing bus tour (hop on hop off) is a separate expense, although it comes with a free ticket to get up to Victoria Peak.

We didn't pay any fees to leave the airport.

All the best,

Missy said...

I can relate to you when it comes to choosing family over a career. I did the same thing when my son had a field trip and at least you get to see the museum too and blog it here hehehe.

Beth said...

Yes, it's like hitting two birds with one stone, right? :) Thanks for dropping by, Missy!

Beth said...

Hi Maria! Thanks for the info! It helped us on our HK layover which I will post when I have the time. Thanks so much! :)

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