"Science in Toyland" opens Sept. 19
September 02, 2009
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Sept. 2, 2009
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New exhibit sparks scientific curiosity through play; “Science in Toyland” opens Sept. 19
On view Sept. 19 through Dec. 31
The “Science in Toyland” exhibition, developed by the
The public is invited to an opening event 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 celebrating “Science in Toyland” and its companion exhibit, “Artists at Play.” Festivities include music by Fiddle De Dee, balloon art, face painting and art activities.
Evaluated by UCLA’s Cognitive Development Laboratory, “Science in Toyland” appeals to a child’s innate sense of curiosity. This exhibit combines problem solving with the fun of playing games to foster a positive attitude toward science. Hands-on activities challenge youngsters to discover science for themselves.
Displays include Kids Construction Co., a wood-and-foam house that teaches small children about shapes and patterns. In Tournament of Tops, children experience inertia and gravity through a top-spinning competition. Kids who like transportation toys can experiment with acceleration and momentum by adjusting the incline of a racetrack, or discover the Bernoulli principle as they re-position the sails of a sailboat.
Imaginarium staff offers hourly “Science in Toyland” demonstrations starting at 3 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays. Demonstrations focus on the physics and mechanics of toys through exploration of levers, gears, pulleys and energy.
Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday. General admission is $8, $7 seniors/students/military, free for ages 17 and younger. Coming in spring 2010: The Imaginarium Discovery Center and the