90 MIN­UTES IN: My­seum

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How fun is it to trick kids into learn­ing stuff be­cause they think they're just hav­ing fun? Well, there's fun for ev­ery­one at My­seum, geared pri­mar­ily for kids 2-12. The rather labyrinthian fa­cil­ity fea­tures a sur­prise around ev­ery cor­ner, and there are lots of cor­ners. Note: If you want your child to be able to play on the slide and the in­flat­a­bles, ei­ther make sure they wear socks, or you can buy socks for $2 a pair. So what can kids learn about? Mag­netism, for one thing. The Mag­netic Bridge fea­tures two large neodymium mag­nets be­tween which kids can form a mold­able mound of mag­netic sand or steel pel­lets. Then there's the Cate­nary Arch (the in­verted shape of a chain hang­ing freely be­tween two points, the very curve de­scribed by the Gate­way Arch) that kids can build with large foam blocks, an ex­er­cise that demon­strates en­gi­neer­ing and grav­ity. Grav­ity and fric­tion come into play at the Dual Su­per Radar Slide, where kids climb up an en­closed struc­ture and see their speed de­ter­mined by radar as they zip down the slide. With the amaz­ing Air Vortex Can­non, kids cre­ate a burst of air out of a large cylin­der to knock over a pyra­mid of empty cans from across the room. Your fu­ture pa­le­on­tol­o­gist can dig around for fos­sils and get some facts about di­nosaurs at the Dino Dig. Your bud­ding mu­si­cian can pound out a tune on a room full of un­usual mu­si­cal in­stru­ments like the Mu­si­cal Trash Cans, Laser Harp, Amadinda, Whale Drum, Ston­a­phone, Wren­cha­phone and Bolto­phone. There's a Liq­uid Crys­tal Wall, Crackle Tubes, Plasma Tubes, pen­du­lums, Ver­ti­cal Wind Tubes, gift shop, snacks and much more. www.my­seum.com, 283 Lamp and Lan­tern Vil­lage, 636-2207930, Map 3-6A.

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