Our philosophy starts with the simple belief that kids are capable of incredible things. Our job is to nurture that ability; our goal is to support kids' healthy development. Play is how kids learn--here, it is in both a STEM-rich environment and inviting outdoor experience.
Pour, whirl, float, and get your hands wet as you control, move, divert, and explore the properties of water. There's nothing like the immersive, sensory experience of water to excite and engage!
In the Water Gallery you will find printed copies of our Exploration Learning Guide for parents and caregivers, a resource of prompts and suggestions to support exploration of the gallery's STEAM topic with your child. You can also review and print the Guide here online prior to your visit, and/or after your visit for ideas for post-visit activities and conversations that reinforce learning: Exploration Learning Guide | Water Gallery.
In this Exhibit
Step inside and slowly pull the string to surround yourself with bubble walls.
You've seen the giant Vortex. Now touch and experiment with these water vortices that are open at the bottom. What will happen when you place balls inside?
Roll a ball down a track watch it lifted by a 40" water stream. How long will your ball be balanced at the top of the stream?
A laminar stream that jets up 12" is your testing ground for forming water bells, discs, and other interesting shapes and patterns.
Use your engineering skills to use connecting blocks to build channels, pools, dams, and spillways on our trough of moving water.
Use balls, beakers, cups and more to fill, pour and splash as you experiment with the properties of water flowing from jets, nozzles, and streams.