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Curious Kids' Museum Exhibits

 

Descriptions of Exhibits at Curious Kids' Museum

Farmer's Market- Newly Updated!                                                                              

Farmers Market1This simulated kid-sized apple orchard &  farmer's market introduces young visitors to the magic of Michigan agriculture. Pick apples from trees, fill an order by loading them into a special hand-cranked conveyor, learn the difference between a bushel and a peck, what will the market special be today?


 

Curious Kids' Veterinarian Clinic

ckm exhibits veterinarianclinicCurious 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.


 

Geo Kids

ckm exhibits geokidsClimb on the volcano and slide down the side of it, but watch for the next eruption! Assemble a kid-sized triceratops, test your memory with the Match-A-Saurus game.


 

Kids' Space

Try your hand at being a Radio DJ...play your favorite songs or interview your brother! This room also hosts a full scaled Lighted Peg Board! The possibilities of what you can create are endless!

 


 

Face Paint

ckm exhibits facepaintAn old favorite, face painting allows kids of all ages to express themselves artistically by using their faces as canvases.


 

Toddle Farm

ckm exhibits toddlefarmThis 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. New to Toddle farm is Buttercup, a cow you can actually milk! (It's really water mom, but pretty cool!) 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 ctadpole pond. 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.


Listen to our musical stairs as you climb to discover the following exhibits on the 2nd floor!


 

Emergency Vehicles

ckm exhibits bodyworksDoctor! Doctor! Imagine yourself as a doctor, nurse, or paramedic. Exhibits including an x-ray viewer, as well as other medical tools await you!. 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! Oh no! Is that smoke we see? Put on the firefighter gear and go investigate!


 

Bubbles

ckm exhibits bubblesEverybody loves bubbles and you'll love ours! Encase yourself in a giant soap bubble!

New is our musical bubble exhibit! Play music while you watch the bubbles dance!


 

Construction Junction

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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/castle/home...complete with landscaping!

GRab a friend and try to asseble the Catinary Arch, a 7 piece puzzle. Sounds easy, doesn't it? 


 

Super Speedway

Check out our new Super Speedway! Can your car make it across the finish line the fastest? Work on a '69 Mustang (Sorry Dad! Not a real one!)


 

Physics of Sound

Play the Pipes of Pan! Make your own song or fplay a classic! So many different notes from so many different colorful pipes played with a flip-flop to create sound waves in your ears. Beat to your own rhythm using the Percussion Pylon. Have you ever seen a musical mural? Our Lighthouse Mural is a painting you're encouraged to touch and rewards you with music!


  

Simple Machines

ckm exhibits simplemachinesExplore 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? Have fun with the magnet wall and make your own course using inclined planes. 


 

The S.S. Cruizer

ckm exhibits SSCruizerYoung 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 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?

ckm exhibits whatifWhat 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.


 

The Sandbox- NEW!

Create your own mountains and lakes! This awesome exhibit is an integrated augmented reality system where you physically create topography models using sand which are then scanned into a computer in real time! 

 

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!

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Exhibition Philosophy

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:

  1. Exhibits should be interactive; actively engaging visitors' interest and encouraging participatory learning.
  2. Exhibits must convey a better understanding of the principle through multiple examples of important ideas.
  3. Exhibits should be self-explanatory and provide immediate feedback to the user.
  4. Exhibits should appeal to a wide age range and be accessible to young children and the handicapped.
  5. Exhibits should provide unique experiences and make clearly evident what is happening, dispelling the notion of "magic."
  6. Exhibits must be designed for constant handling and kept in working order at all times.
  7. Exhibits will be designed, whenever possible, so that they can be dismantled, easily transported and stored for future use or loan.
  8. Workshops, promotional materials, signage, and publicity will be simultaneously developed to support new exhibit topics.
  9. Exhibits will be continually evaluated, augmented, and improved to assure visitor appeal.
  10. 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.