Next to Invention, a wall of panels that lights up and blows air can be controlled by a station with levers, inviting children to directly interact with the power of air and try out different combinations. There are three levers that correspond to three sections of the panel that light up and produce wind, leading children to learn about what it means to try different strategies and cause and effect.
A tall mirror to the side of the panels enhances children’s understanding of wind and air as a force that can move objects. The wind wall inspires collaboration among children too, as one person can man the controls while others use props and wings to be soaring butterflies and birds!
In a quiet room near Invention, Calm gives caregivers and children a peaceful space to play. The room is furnished with rugs, couches, books, and wood blocks to play with. It offers a way for children and adults to focus, be calm, and engage in quieter, more introspective forms of play.
This room located at the back of the museum and next to Climb features hardwood floors and blue foam blocks for building. The possibilities are as open as your little one’s creative power and differently-shaped blocks allow for unique structures. The sky’s the limit!
In Climb, ropes, poles, and netting intersect to create an environment perfect for big-body play and exploration. Hammocks and talk tubes create opportunities for collaborative play, and below these elements, the ground is spongy and grass-like, leading to imaginative wonderings about the playscape’s setting. Above Climb an artistic installation hangs, featuring a vibrant creature lit up in rainbow colors with fiber optics.
Nearby Climb, a metal, rocket-shaped play structure sits, featuring a slide and an area under the structure for children to sit in and play.
The Art Studio has a little bit of everything, including tables to paint and print at, a little library featuring books on STEAM-centered topics, light projector tables, and a Maker’s Studio for creating cardboard inventions. The projector tables present a fascinating view of magnetic puzzle pieces, showing a top-down look on screens above the tables. At the Maker’s Studio, children are invited to use recycled materials, authentic tools, and imagination to design, engineer, and build 3-D forms.
Odds and Ends
In the corner near Invention and Launch, you can sit and engage with books, wooden ramps, and an air funnel. A placard invites you and your little one to think about concepts like gravity as you construct with the ramps. At the air funnel, a fan blows air up through a transparent plastic cylinder and parachuted soldiers can be lifted by the air. This feature is not only fun but also shows children how air can be a force able to support real-life parachutes!
A small, carpeted nook near Wind and Invention invites children to engage with toys, books, and props. This space not only deepens how children can interact with the playscapes, but is also a spot where children can interact with each other or engage in thoughtful solo play.