Exhibits at the children's discovery museum
All our exhibits provide play-based learning opportunities, and are hands-on and interactive. Children can explore at their own pace and in their own way. Play is one of the most potent forms of learning, and it is critical for developing creativity, curiosity, imagination, and innovation.
Construction Corner is great for little builders. It includes a framed house, tools, trucks, and loads of construction blocks. Children will develop their gross and fine motor skills while trying to put together the blocks and exploring various spatial challenges. Building new structures often requires collaboration, and children will have plenty of opportunities to practice their social and problem-solving skills.
At the Muddy Paws Animal Clinic, children learn about taking care of animals. Kids can choose a stuffed animal, dress up as vets, fill out a check-up form, and examine their “patients” with the toy medical instruments. They can treat the animals’ injuries and view x-rays. Children learn empathy when pretending to treat a sick or injured animal, and fine motor skills are developed when they attempt to put a leash on an animal or secure a bandage around a paw.
The Performance Arts Stage is an exhibit dedicated to theatre and music. Children can put on costumes, dance, sing, play instruments, put on puppet shows, and create and star in their own productions. Children use their imagination when pretending to be Little Red Riding Hood, a football player, or a rock star, and develop language skills when creating and acting out their plays.
In the North Woods campsite, children will find a replica of a cabin, play food, and utensils. They can choose to cook their food in the cabin or make a pretend fire and cook their meal outside. Children can imagine what it would be like to live in the woods. Children learn to take turns when there are many children wanting to play in the house at the same time, and social skills are practiced when a child invites others to join him around the fire.
Arts & Crafts
In the arts & crafts room, children can use any of the materials available to create something unique. Children are invited to explore, experiment, and find new ways to put things together, and in so doing develop their fine motor skills and creativity as they are ready. The projects suggested are open-ended, allowing each child to work at his or her own developmental level and create something that is her or his own.