Come and explore our newest exhibit! Opening Saturday, July 8, 2017 this exhibit brings out your inner engineer, architect and builder. Exhibit components rotate on a regular basis, so don't be surprised if you see something new to explore.

KEVA Planks: With over 5,000 planks to enjoy, you can create towers, bridges, houses, and more! Build as a group, or create your own individual design.

Build Your Own Rollercoaster: Children learn about the physics of movement and momentum when creating their own ball roller coasters. This exhibit is great for group interaction and problem solving. Using a system of tubes, platforms, and balls participants create their own unique path for a “roller coaster".

Discovery Questions:
What makes a ball fall? Can you make a roller coaster? Can you make a loop? How far can your ball go before falling out?

Builder Boards: Like your childhood Lincoln Logs, but flat, these boards have endless possibilities. These boards inspire children to build what they imagine. Forts, playhouses, cabins, or caves, the possibilities are endless. What can you build?

Keystone Arch: Based on a fundamental principle used in constructing self-supporting structures that can span large distances and bear heavy loads. The 'Voissoir' arch principle, developed by the Romans, can be seen in many of the bridge and aqueduct structures still standing today. Building a 'Keystone Arch' requires the cooperation of several children. The blocks need to be positioned spatially with the final piece at the top of the arch necessary to keep all other pieces in place; therein the name 'Keystone'. To build one is challenging and great fun.

Ramps and Rollers: An incredibly open-ended series of ramps and balls certain to spark creativity, fun and problem solving! Children will gain an understanding of force and motion through building and experimenting with physics-based concepts such as gravity, mass and slope. Ask the children to explore this set and see child ingenuity at work!

Gear Wall: Gear Wall contains a series of different foam gears that are fixed to a wall. You can set the gear trains in motion by turning the handles. A fun introduction to the movement of gears and the foam construction ensures that the gear "teeth" can't injure small fingers and hands.

What's Happening Here?
Children will be using gross motor skills, use cause & effect thinking, start basic experimentation, understanding of simple mechanics, and the effects of movement & gravity.

Discovery Questions:
Ask to have your child to show you what happens when they turn the crank either direction. Ask your child(ren) to help create a "race" track for the balls to go down. Ask your child(ren) to figure out which ball will go down the track the fastest.


Gravity Ball Fall: Move the colorful plastic pieces into slits to create your very own track for your ball to fall through. Problem solve and work as a team, try new ways to get that ball moving faster!

It is like a maze and you decide how it works. Have a ball!!

What's Happening Here?
Children will be using gross motor skills, use cause & effect thinking, start basic experimentation, understanding of simple mechanics, and the effects of movement & gravity.

Discovery Questions:
Ask to have your child show you what happens when they turn the crank either direction. Ask your child(ren) to help create a "race" track for the balls to go down. Ask your child(ren) to figure out which ball will go down the track the fastest.