The Sid the Science Kid exhibit at the Minnesota Children’s Museum is a perfect way to discover the extraordinary scientific secrets hidden in our ordinary world.
I am a Smart Play Ambassador with the Minnesota Children’s Museum and we explore various topics and share the educational learning opportunities at the museum as well as apply it to our own lives. In this post I’m sharing my experience at the Sid the Science Kid Exhibit.
The minute you walk into the new Sid the Science Kid Exhibit, our very favorite music is playing. Moms, you know what I’m talking about:
The “I love my mom” song is playing from Sid’s car, where kids can climb in and out and drive. To the right is the entrance to Sid’s house, and specifically the Kitchen! My kids have logged so many hours at the Minnesota Children’s Museum Sae Mot Restaurant and grocery store I was so excited to see this giant kitchen.
Our first stop in the kitchen was the dinner table where baby Zeke is hanging out. Here the children and use the food to find a healthy breakfast. On the kitchen prep table were cookie sheets with patterns laminated and then the kids would pull cookies from the jar and try to match the pattern.
The fridge in the kitchen had some enclosed storage where the kids could look at food patterns. I walked Wes through the patterns and several kids came closer to check it out and even yell out the next food. The fridge was huge and could open and close so it was a big hit with the kids.
I loved the food weigh station in the Sid the Science Kid Exhibit. Using a food scale, the kids can see which jar of food weighs the most. Wes was content trying to pick up and weigh each one. When we return with Stella I could see us asking her to guess first which ones were going to be the heaviest and she could experiment.
Sid’s bedroom also has a bed where kids are encouraged to stand on and try out the toy machine. The toy machine launches little bean bags across the room. I asked a volunteer where the best place for the kids to stand when slamming it down and she said, “Many kids like to stand there, but really it’s all about experimentation.” What a great reminder. While Wes was very close to hitting himself in the face with the toy machine, HE thought he was doing it and making the machine run!
One of the biggest surprises for me was the indoor playground! You could collectively hear the parents saying, “YES!” to each other when seeing this play equipment.
Wes loved playing underneath the playground set. The light created dots that actually made him look camouflaged, which he loved. It made me think of that X-Men character.
Can you believe I haven’t even showed you everything? Seriously. There is more! Computers, dancing and more experiments, you need to go check it out! The Sid the Science Kid Exhibit is perfect for a variety of ages and is a great place to get the winter wiggles out and become “science kids!” The exhibit runs from January 31-May 31, 2015.
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For more information about Sid the Science Kid you can check out PBS Kids and for a really great interview with one of the show’s co-producers, check out Why Little Kids are the “Big Idea” Behind Sid the Science Kid. I love this:
“I reflect upon this story time and again when developing and producing television for the preschool audience. There are truths to be found in this roly-poly encounter; truths that we mixed into our show paint when we set out to create Sid the Science Kid. They are:
- Don’t assume you know what children want to see; they may surprise you. Be open to the possibilities.
- Children love to learn. They are fascinated by the world around them.
- Get down on their level. There is a lot YOU can learn.
- All parents think their children are geniuses and can charm even a meerkat.”