Children’s museum a hit over the holidays
January 2nd, 2012
Omaha, NE – The Omaha Childrenâ€™s Museum has had its hands full over the holidays. But thereâ€™s still a lot going on, including a dinosaur exhibit that has a few days left on display. Robyn Wisch took a tour of Omahaâ€™s only interactive, just-for-kids museum.
â€œSo this is our first permanent exhibit area,â€ Christina Kahler, marketing director at the Omaha Childrenâ€™s Museum pointed out the first stop on the tour: the Creative Arts Center. Children of all ages lined up on colorful, plastic chairs, seated before tubs of crayons, chalks and loads of other odds and ends.
â€œWe have a recycle art area,â€ Kahler continued. â€œAnd the recycle art is really a fun thing to watch because kids get so creative with all sorts of things that people donate to the museum. I mean thereâ€™s everything there from paper towel rolls to butter tubs and things like that that kids repurpose into robots and all sorts of creations.â€
While children worked out their creative muscles, more streamed by, darting around the brightly painted rooms – from one crazily exciting exhibit to the next.
Next up on the tour, a clear favorite: The Charlie Campbell Science and Technology Center, where a maze of tubes and tunnels carries small plastic balls as they whiz through the air. Itâ€™s an interactive display thatâ€™s operated on the ground by push-pulls and levers. Seven-year-old Zane Purdue can probably explain it better.
â€œYou throw a ball in it and it shootsâ€¦then it goes over there, you switch that thing it and it goes into that tubeâ€¦ if it ends up over there, it keeps going.â€
â€œThey love these gadgets,â€ explained Zaneâ€™s father, Chris Purdue, who brought Zane, along with two nephews and his niece from Iowa. Purdue said the science center is definitely a hit.
â€œThereâ€™s gears and levers and all kinds of things that they can use their hands,â€ he said. â€œAnd then watch the results of their activities. They can work together, they learn to work together and actually play with other kids too.â€
The Childrenâ€™s Museum also includes an Imagination Playground, a theatrical room where children can watch performances, and put some on of their own. It also has a new permanent exhibit: refurbished zoo animal structures that used to entertain kids in Gordmans department stores are now settled upstairs.
And, of course, thereâ€™s Dinosaurs: Dawn of the Ice Age, a temporary exhibit, where a robotic T-Rex greets kids at the entrance. That will be open for just a few more days (it closes Jan. 8), and will give way to a brand exhibit: Construction Zone opening February 4th.
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