We love visiting museums when we tag along with geologist hubby on his business trips. You can't beat hands on for learning and this place was full of hands on exhibits that had the kids fascinated.
The outdoor water area is a wonderful mix of engineering, music, and water play. You adjust the levers and send balls racing around...and experiment with how they move through the cool exhibit. We could have stayed here the whole time!
My personal favorite was all about the body. There was a HUGE nose that you could tickle and it would sneeze. (Sounds gross I know, but my 7 year old boy thought it was the greatest thing ever!! ) You could hear your heart beat by putting your hands on discs...then you would exercise and listen again to hear it speed up. The kids had lots of fun in wheelchair races. The wheelchairs are set up on rollers so they don't actually move and a screen helps you keep track of the speed and how much longer in the race. Judging by all the huffing and puffing it is a LOT harder than it looks!
Another room was all about building. There was information on how a house is built and an exhibit to see in to the walls of a home. One area had you build your house out of small blocks and then simulate an earthquake to see if it would stand. A plumbing section show you how to route the water to a faucet.
We barely scratched the surface of this amazing museum. I hope we get to go back. I highly recommend it!
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