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Curious Kids’ Discovery Zone

Discover a whole new world of exciting exhibit fun in the Curious Kids’ Discovery Zone!

Geared for ages 3-12 years, Discovery Zone is located just steps away from Curious Kids’ Museum, in the Silver Beach Center (along with the Silver Beach Carousel) at 333 Broad St., St. Joseph, MI.

Exhibits

Measurement Rules

Now visiting from the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Measure height, distance, volume and more in Measurement Rules, the interactive exhibit that introduces visitors to various units of measurement. Master the basics and then begin to compare, classify, and categorize numerous methods of measurement using standard and non-standard tools. These hands-on experiences allow visitors to understand measurement in relation to the world around them. This exhibit will enable visitors to achieve something new, collaborate with others and become confident in the language of measurement. In this exhibit, visitors can:

  • Take a walk on a treadmill that is connected to a large odometer that tracks how many yards visitors walk during the exhibit

  • Find out how many chickens you weigh

  • How good is your internal clock? Find out when you count to Five Mississippi and see how close you can get to five actual seconds

Lighthouse Climbing Tower: Exhibit at the Curious Kids' Museum & Discovery Zone

Be the Lighthouse Keeper and climb the wave steps to the top of this 25 foot high Tower. Imagine you are saving ships on Lake Michigan from crashing ashore during storms. Gaze out the ship’s window to Lake Michigan… Look down on all the water exhibits and visitors. Children age 4 must climb with an adult. Shoes must be worn at all times. Challenge yourself and climb to the roof!

Lake Michigan Water Table: Exhibit at the Curious Kids' Museum & Discovery Zone

Just like the real great lake outside the door; sail your handmade boat through the lake currents; use the wind jets to sail; raise & lower the water levels with locks and dams; navigate through a storm by the water mushroom and wonder about the Chicora mural-the shipwreck that has never been found. 10 hands-on activities.

Water Power Tower: Exhibit at the Curious Kids' Museum & Discovery Zone

Try out the Water Power in 15 fun activities. Hand pump water to fill the great tower like children in rural villages around the world; wonder about the water tornado; build-a-pipe to channel water like engineers; power your squirt gun at the targets; play with water conservation in your home; turn the great Archimedes Screw to power your boats; and much more.

Kids' Climbing Wall: Exhibit at the Curious Kids' Museum & Discovery Zone

The challenge is to cross this climbing wall and make it from left to right or vice versa. Don’t forget to look at the little blind animals tucked in the cracks in the wall! Simulates cave climbing walls under the St. Joseph River Watershed.

Wave Table: Exhibit at the Curious Kids' Museum & Discovery Zone

Wind power makes waves on the great lakes, and you can too by pumping up the waves to crash over the lighthouse. Watch carefully to observe just how a wave becomes so powerful.

Bio Sand filter exhibit at the Curious Kids' Museum & Discovery Zone

Imagine not having clean water to drink and getting sick from the dirty, polluted water because that’s all you have to drink. The Bio-Sand Filter Program, created by Rotarians around the world, makes clean water and good health happen for thousands of families in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Africa, and South America. Meet Marisol who would not be alive today without the clean water provided by Bio-Sand Filters. Push the red button to watch nature’s sand and rock filters get rid of bad bacteria. Hear the story of 3 Rotary Clubs in SW Michigan who are saving kids.

Recollections: Art exhibit at the Curious Kids' Museum & Discovery Zone

Wall size giant art/science dance movement exhibit. Dance, wave, just move any way you wish and watch the bright colorful patterns mimic your motions. Engages all ages, you won’t leave it!

Pin Wall: Kids exhibit at the Curious Kids' Museum & Discovery Zone

Hours of creative fun happen with this giant pin wall. Kids and adults make faces, hands and nature scenes with over 60,000 red plastic pins and much laughter.

Whisper Dish: Science Exhibit at the Curious Kids' Museum & Discovery Zone

Can you whisper across 60 feet into your friend’s ear? Go into the Outdoor Science Gallery under the Green Roof and use Sound Waves to hear whispers clearly across the entire gallery. Partners and exhibit builders of Whisper Dishes—Renaissance Kids and Exquisite Homes, Inc.

RENT OUR VERY OWN CURIOUS KIDS’ MUSEUM DESIGNED “DREAM WITH DA VINCI” EXHIBIT

Contact Lori Marciniak, Executive Director, 269-983-2543 for more details!

Curious Kids’ Discovery Zone also has the first Green Roof in the area! Learn More.

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Hands-on Science programs all summer and Saturday’s all year. Learn More.

ATTENTION TEACHERS!

Bring your class to the Curious Kids’ Discovery Zone by Curious Kids’ Museum for both an educational and fun field trip! Click here to learn more!

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