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Curious Kids' Museum Exhibits
Descriptions of Exhibits at Curious Kids' Museum
This simulated kid-sized apple orchard introduces young visitors to the magic of Michigan agriculture. Pick apples from trees, load them into a special hand-cranked conveyor, learn fun apple facts at the Michigan Apple Bits Corner, shop at our farmers' market, or spin our giant apple to learn about the apple trees' life cycle. Pretend you're Johnny Appleseed!
Curious Kids' Veterinarian Clinic
Curious Kids' Veterinarian Clinic includes mini-operating tables, kid-safe operating tools, real X-rays to read and all kinds of educational animal-related activities. Kids learn to treat animals in a respectful, caring way while exploring science in an educational and memorable manner.
Come learn about the Earth's volcanoes, earthquakes, and slowly drifting continents in our Geo-Kids exhibit. Climb on the volcano, but watch for the next eruption! Find out which kind of buildings can withstand a "trembler."
Try your hand at being a Radio DJ...play your favorite songs or interview your brother! This room also hosts our new exbibit....a full scaled Light Bright! The possibilities of what you can create are endless!
This gated room is dedicated to children from infancy to 4 years of age. Designed as a 1940's style Michigan farm, children can play in the barn and slide down the silo into the corn crib. Collect eggs from the chicken coop, plant and harvest vegetables! Children can use the hand pump and send water rushing into the duck pond complete with waterfall. Interactive murals along the walls depict beloved Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes. Infants will be safe while they explore the fish pond and crawler area. Books and toys related to farming are also available, encouraging interactive learning between children and adults. A rocking chair located behind the barn provides Mom with a semi-private nursing nook. Baby changing table also conveniently located behind the barn.
Doctor! Doctor! Imagine yourself as a doctor, nurse, or paramedic. Exhibits including an x-ray viewer, as well as other medical tools await you in Body Works. Come and experience the thrill of driving and riding in our to-scale Medic 1 ambulance. Be the patient, the paramedic, or the driver and have fun!
Imagination Playground...let your inner architect run wild!! With these large easily manuevered building blocks the sky is the limit! Blocks, chutes and channels can be formed into, oh, so many designs!
Jr. Builders allows budding builders to create their own fort/caste/home of their own...complete with landscaping!
Curious Kids' Museum will be adding new exhibits thru April 2017 throughout both floors of the Museum! Sand and sounds are just a couple of themes we will be incorporating into the fun!
Physics of Sound
Play the Pipes of Pan! Make your own song or follow the music created by a fellow visitor. So many different notes from so many different colorful pipes played with a flip-flop to create sound waves in your ears.
Explore how Simple Machines make our manual labor easier. Simple Machines have few or no moving parts. Compound Machines make use of two or more Simple Machines. Try your strength at the Pulleys. Which are the easiest to pull?
The S.S. Cruizer
Young sailors will be able to send signal flags to shore, navigate the ship with the captain’s wheel, compass & navigational charts, fish off the side of the ship, prepare the crew a meal on the antique stove and explore the captain’s trunk. It also features great lakes navigation & safety equipment provided by the U.S. Coast Guard as well as a 17 ft. wall mural depicting the history of the Port of St. Joseph, Lighthouse & River area in the early 1900's.
What if you couldn't walk, hear, or see? Try maneuvering through a maze in a wheelchair, typing your name in braille or writing your name in sign language. Our exhibits give first-hand insight into many common physical challenges.
RENT OUR VERY OWN CURIOUS KIDS' MUSEUM DESIGNED "DREAM WITH DA VINCI" EXHIBIT!
The Renaissance was a time of growth and learning. It followed a period called the Dark Ages and was the prelude to modern science. Among one of the most important people of that time was "the father of modern science", Leonardo Da Vinci. Da Vinci was a lot of things...artist, mathematician, inventor and dreamer. He dreamed of and designed many things...and many of them way ahead of their time. What we have for you in this informative and visually stunning exhibit, developed and designed by Curious Kids' Museum, are catapults, parachutes, a hang glider, a gear wall/table, spinning wheels, an art area and much more! Contact Lori Marciniak, Executive Director, 269-983-2543 for more details!
The Curious Kids' Museum's exhibition philosophy is derived from the mission statement and is inherent in the guidelines to develop exhibits. These guidelines state:
- Exhibits should be interactive; actively engaging visitors' interest and encouraging participatory learning.
- Exhibits must convey a better understanding of the principle through multiple examples of important ideas.
- Exhibits should be self-explanatory and provide immediate feedback to the user.
- Exhibits should appeal to a wide age range and be accessible to young children and the handicapped.
- Exhibits should provide unique experiences and make clearly evident what is happening, dispelling the notion of "magic."
- Exhibits must be designed for constant handling and kept in working order at all times.
- Exhibits will be designed, whenever possible, so that they can be dismantled, easily transported and stored for future use or loan.
- Workshops, promotional materials, signage, and publicity will be simultaneously developed to support new exhibit topics.
- Exhibits will be continually evaluated, augmented, and improved to assure visitor appeal.
- The main theme of exhibits will focus on science and technology, history, culture, and/or human perception.
*Exhibits are always changing with a mix of new displays and old favorites.