SUMMER MUST-SEES

It’s curtains-up on shark tanks at the NATIONAL AQUARIUM in Baltimore (410-576-3800, www.aqua.org), the SHEDD AQUARIUM in Chicago (312-939-2438, www.sheddaquarium.org), and Houston’s new DOWNTOWN AQUARIUM (866-418-3474, www.downtownaquarium.com).

Launching this month at the DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE (800-925-2250, www.dmns.org) are a high-tech digital planetarium and the stellar Space Odyssey.

Get Junior thinking at the RANCHO BER-NARDO INN (877-517-9342, www.ranchobernardoinn.com) near San Diego, where Destination Science programs teach the subject through day-long play.

Two-story waterfalls and surging tide pools simulate South America in the new Penguin & Puffin Coast at the SAINT LOUIS ZOO (314-781-0900, www.stlzoo.org).

Tour everything from rural rodeos to Big D skyscrapers in the debut IMAX movie Texas: The Big Picture at Austin’s BOB BULLOCK TEXAS STATE HISTORY MUSEUM (512-936-4629, www.thestoryoftexas.com).

Debuting in Orlando, Florida, this month are a 4-D — yes, 4-D — ride based on the movie Shrek and an adventure center themed on Jimmy Neutron at UNIVERSAL ORLANDO (407-224-6222, www.universalorlando.com), rocker memorabilia at the HARD ROCK VAULT (407-599-7625, www.hardrock.com), and a new kids’ spa at the HOLIDAY INN FAMILY SUITES RESORT (877-387-5437, www.hifamilysuites.com).