Exhibits

Exhibits

Our hands-on, free-play exhibits are designed to create educational experiences – imagination, experimentation, discovery and exploration – that encourage interplay of art, science and world cultures.

· Imagine: Inspiration, fantasy, role play, communication, narrative
· Experiment: Inquiry, problem solving, adaptive reasoning
· Discover: Absorption, focus, immersion, engagement, flow
· Explore: Pattern recognition, comparing and contrasting, connecting disparate ideas and phenomena

Our exhibits will regularly rotate, grow and expand. Stop by for a visit and discover what’s new!
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What are we learning?
· Communication Skills
· Social and Emotional Development
· Cultural Understanding
· Observation
· Visual – Spatial Thinking Skills
Explorer Discovery Sailboat

Explorer Discovery Sailboat

Sail on the rough seas, travel to new lands, or explore the great blue yonder on the Explorer Discovery Sailboat. Climb up the top for a bird’s eye view of the museum. Steer the ship to harbor or slide into the sea.

 

Kids Global Village

Kids Global Village

At the Kids Global Village, children will explore the marketplace and home life of cultures from around the world. Pretend money, cash registers, and scales encourage math skills. The market and home will be rotated to reflect multicultural.

 

Toddler Tidepool

Toddler Tidepool

Toddler Tidepool gives our youngest visitors a chance to explore, experiment, and play in a safe place built to stimulate their growth and development. Foam block climbing structures and enclosures encourage crawling, pulling up, cruising and early walking. Please note: Toddler Tidepool is a multi-sensory experience for infants, crawlers, and early walkers. It is designed to be a safe space for infants and toddlers under 42 inches in height only. For safety reasons, only children ages 0-3 can be admitted.
What are we learning?
· Communication Skills
· Problem Solving Skills
· Observation
· Tool Use
· Physical Skills
· Fine and Gross Motor Skills
Imagine

What are we learning?
· Abstract Thinking
· Creativity
· Observation
· Communication Skills
· Literacy and Language Development
· Social and Emotional Development
· Interpersonal Skills

Imagination Playground

Imagination Playground

Create, build and explore with various building tools. Giant foam blocks, mats, and noodles overflow with creative potential for children to design and imagine.

 

Imagination Stage

Imagination Stage

Become a fire fighter, airline pilot or master chef! Learn about different jobs and careers by role playing with uniforms, costumes, hats and props of various occupations. Reenact scenarios or make up your own.

 

Puppet Theater

Puppet Theater

Whether acting out a scenario solo or with friends, dramatic play such as the Puppet Theater enhances language development and literacy skills.

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What are we learning?
· Creativity
· Problem Solving Skills
· Observation
· Math Skills
· Tool Use
· Visual – Spatial Thinking Skills
· Physical and Kinesthetic Skills

Rokenbok

Rokenbok

From bridge to skyscraper to roller coaster, Rokenbok blocks strengthen your building and engineering skills. Different shape and size blocks piece together in a myriad of combinations.

 

Keva Planks

Keva Planks

Create worlds that include tall towers, small villages, fenced yards, and roads. Keva planks spark a child’s imagination, creative problem solving skills and abstract thinking.

 

Light table

Light table

Red and blue make purple – a purple schoolhouse, in fact. Explore light and color mixing while building colorful structures at the Light Table.

 

Magnification Station

Magnification Station

Get to know the natural world up close and larger than life. Use video microscopes to closely examine rocks, shells, fossils, and everyday objects while learning about the scientific process of hypothesis and observation.

 

Magnetic Ball Wall

Magnetic Ball Wall

The magnetic ball wall allow children to experiment with kinetic and potential energy while creating routes to send the ball racing down the tracks.

 

Air Tunnel

Air Tunnel

Feel the power and sensation of wild as colorful scarves float in the air. Learn about the movement of air flow and the weight and density of various fabrics.

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What are we learning?
· Life sciences
· Environmental sciences
· Nutrition
· Observation
· Visual – Spatial Thinking Skills
· Problem Solving Skills
Children’s Discovery Garden
The Children’s Discovery Garden is an experience in “outdoor science” with several gardens, a compost and worm farm.
Edible Organic Garden
Grown from seed, our edible organic garden is free of harmful chemicals. A variety of seasonal crops encourage you to explore eating your fruits and veggies. Focus on health and nutrition while learning how your food is grown.
Pollinator and Composer Garden
Birds, Bees, and Butterflies are not the only helpful animals that will enjoy this garden. See our healthy ecosystem in this full sensory garden of herbs and plants that encourage pollinators and composers. See, smell, feel and taste!
Worm Farm and Compost (coming soon!)
The Discovery Garden is nourished with compost made from red wiggler worms eating and processing green scraps from the museum.
Bubble Table
Make small or large bubbles depending upon your bubble wand. See how many bubbles you can create at the same time.
Base Camp (coming soon!)
Learn about physics and fluid dynamics while playing with sand. This exhibit will rotate between an archeology and paleontology base camp.