Exploration Place has some new exhibits that are a lot of fun.
Zane has been interested in studying the human body, so this was the most perfect exhibit possible for him. It was really well done and kept both kids, but especially Zane, really engaged. The animatronics did elicit some nervous giggles from Zora, who was a little freaked out by giant talking creatures.
“Gas Attack” pinball, with info on what causes gas.
The Urine game: a video game where you learn which things the body leaves in the bloodstream and what gets sent into the urine.
Foreground: Operation game with rubbery organs; Background: Digestive tract playground…you walk in the mouth, slide down into the stomach and then past the intestines, and exit through the, well, let’s just say you exit onto a brown mat.
There was also a “More Munsch” (author Robert Munsch) exhibit that talked about creating stories. It had a lot of neat literacy stations.
And, of course, the familiar exhibits that they always want to see.
Zora *needed* to stop by and play Veterinarian for a while with the other kids.
And the Tornado machine. (yeah, you can tell these kids were raised in Kansas…they get less than concerned about high winds.)
In fact, Zane is nearly blissful. He wants to do this over and over again.
In the flight room
An EP employee actually took the time to walk Zora through an entire flight sequence. It was really neat.
And, in the corner of the flight room, an exhibit we had never stopped at before, but this time it captured the kids attention for quite a while. It is an active beehive, with the hives inside plexiglass (or something like it) and an exit to the outdoors for the bees. It was a lot of fun to watch.
It was a great trip. He has been reading a lot about the human body, especially the digestive tract, and after leaving they both have wanted to know more about bees. It was on a Friday, when the Zoo has their “wet & wild Fridays”, so the crowd was greatly reduced. The perfect amount of people…enough that Zora could get some interaction, but Zane wasn’t overwhelmed.