Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The River Adventures Exhibit

Hey everyone! I sat down with Jen Bush, Director of Education at Please Touch Museum to talk about our exciting water exhibit called River Adventures.

Pinky: Hey Jen! What is River Adventures and what fun can kids expect with this exhibit?

Jen: River Adventures is a huge water play station where kids can explore science, nature and weather. Kids can create river currents, build and race boats and steer them safely into harbor. Also, a lighthouse gives kids a chance to light up a beacon under interactive storm clouds that children activate themselves. Like all the exhibits here, River Adventures teaches children through “purposeful play.” Children use natural elements like wind and water to steer their boats into the canal or to power the massive water wheel. The exhibit encourages investigation in buoyancy, hydrodynamics and fluid mechanics.

Pinky: That sounds like so much fun! But what can the little kids do if they can’t reach the knobs and levers?

Jen: Nature’s Pond is a toddler play area in River Adventures specifically designed for children ages 3 and under. This toddler zone provides a safe place for crawlers and early walkers who will enjoy exploring and discovering animals nestled in the high grass and lily pond. When stepped on, each lily pad makes a distinct animal sound and a fallen tree makes for a great slide and tunnel.

Pinky: That sounds like the perfect place for the museum’s littlest visitors! What water activities can I do with my family when I'm not at the museum?

Jen: A great way to spend time with the family is by taking a “fishy” field trip! Take a trip to your local pet store, zoo or aquarium to look at the colorful fish and aquatic life. Also, check out these great water related books,

For ages 3 & under
  • Flotsam by David Wiesner
  • McElligot’s Pool or One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
  • Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema
  • In the Swim by Douglas Florian
  • A Drop of Water by Walter Wick
For ages 4 to 7
  • I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry
  • Water by Frank Asch
  • Red Rubber Boot Day by Mary Lyn Ray
  • Elephants Swim by Linda Capus Riley
  • Rain by Robert Kalan

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