A Trip to the Traveling Children's Museum

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is currently one part dream, one part traveling show and we got to check it all out last Saturday.

Our Mankato liaison of all things fun and fabulous (Lonni) told us they were having a free physics themed event Saturday morning and it sounded too good to pass up.  We love children’s museums and make a point of visiting them whenever we travel.

We had a blast!  They had all sorts of fun stuff set up in three rooms of an art center.  It turns out they are currently raising funds for a permanent facility and right now they travel to various places a few times per month.

I tried to take pictures of the little signs by a lot of the exhibits so I’d be able to explain the science to the kids later.  One of my pet peeves is when people do fun science experiments online or in person with children and then they don’t explain the science that makes it all happen.  I was very happy to see simple explanations about how each thing related to science and a bit of history behind it.

I also took pictures to replicate some of the ideas at home!  Alex loved rolling cars and balls down the bit of gutter spout, for instance, and how cheap would it be to buy a few feet of that?  The sensory table made out of PVC pipes looked pretty easy to replicate too!

Here’s far too many pictures…..  🙂

“Mr. Science” did all sorts of experiments with CO2 (dry ice)!

The museum is hoping to open in the fall of 2010 and they’re currently raising money to make that a reality.  We donated a little to help that happen.

They seem like really dedicated, fun people and it would make a wonderful resource for our region.  I highly recommend a visit if you get a chance!


One thought on “A Trip to the Traveling Children's Museum

  1. Oh this looks very well done and lots of fun. We went to a science museum in Des Moines, IA this week and honestly, what you guys did here was sweet, simple and very nicely done. One doesn’t need flashy, overdone exhibits to experience science. I love that they explain why things work too! I want to make a pendulum now. 🙂



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