90 MINUTES IN: Myseum
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.