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Twirling and whooshing overhead in Big Games, is the work of DB Lampman and her Fantastic Machines. The Shot Heard ‘Round the World, which immortalized Bobby Thompson’s famous 1951 pennant-winning home run, created by Diane M. Brunner, is a stunning 3-d sculpture of baseball game. Outside on the Meadow, visit Francis the Praying Mantis, created and donated by local business owner Lennie Prince, Francis is fabricated from used car parts. Visit the World’s Table, designed & created by artist Cynthia Panucci. These creative works of art and others can be found throughout the museum. Visit the World Peace Lotus, created by PS 22’s Parents as Art Partners near Ladder 11 and check out Folded Time, an interactive video exhibit that creates a visual time loop of images of people who have passed by, located near the barn elevators.
The Community Gallery, on the Barn’s lower level, is a 2500 square foot space which welcomes art exhibits that are by children, for children or about children in a natural light-filled gallery. This space may be used for party rentals, events and is the perfect venue for an art show. To book a show in the Community Gallery, please contact our exhibits manager, Renee Wasser at firstname.lastname@example.org. To book a party in the Community Gallery, contact email@example.com.
Come and play some big games. Kids can enjoy playing Chess with life-sized pieces, giant Dominoes, Bowling, Checkers, Connect Four, and Ball Toss. Build your own log cabin with our unique wooden Builder-Boards. Located in our sunlight-filled connector building, Big Games offers fun, exercise and some strategic thinking, all rolled into one!
Come aboard and set sail for an unknown destination, let your imagination guide you. Explore a fantasy port of call on a pirate ship; cross over the bridge and be a lookout on the upper deck, peep through a telescope, ring the bell, navigate the wheel, cook in the galley; make a block city – or just make believe.
Crawl through a human size ant hill and move larvae from chamber to chamber, try on an exoskeleton, watch butterflies being born and bees working on their hive, and jam with the Insect Orchestra. Our collection of arthropods will amaze and inform you. Check out our Rose Hair and Pink Toe Tarantulas. Learn why our Madagascar hissing cockroaches and giant African millipedes are called the “recyclers” of the rain forest. Maybe bugs and other insects are not so scary, after all!
Step outside to our Garden Terrace, where nature abounds! Right now we are growing plants to help feed the insects in the Bug and other Insect exhibits. We have transformed this space into a nature inspired play area. See what nature teaches us; “paint” with water, create music to compliment the hum of the insects, dig in the warm dirt and plant flowers and vegetables. This outdoor patio space offers safe guided and unguided opportunities to be inspired by nature and all she offers.
Explore a rainforest canopy and cave, drive a dogsled in the tundra or dive to the ocean floor, build an igloo, cross a river, walk on snow shoes, host a radio show, and drive a submersible. Learn about extreme environments.
Come sit in the Green Living Room, an addendum to House About It. Turn on the lamp, listen to the radio or try the TV; all are powered with low carbon “green” wind energy. Check out the model turbine and lights, they show how energy is collected from the wind turbine on our roof. Coming soon! Stop by the table-top town, watch the train traverse throughout, all powered by this clean, green energy! Look for the silver kiosks that monitor real-time energy production of the solar panels on the tent in the Meadow and the Turbine on the roof. Take the quiz to see how much you know about green energy!
It's all about the homes people go to, how they are built and the people who build them. Use the digger and the wrecking ball, work with a real drill, design and decorate. Learn all about the building trades. The refurbished 'unfinished house' is now open.
Pretend you’re a firefighter – ring the bell, slide down the pole, try on the turn-out gear, manipulate the gauges, hook up a hose and jump aboard our authentic 1941 Seagrave fire truck, retrofitted for hands-on play and learning.
Take the stage in our authentic theatre with plenty of costumes to help young thespians pretend. Kids can put on skits using props and sound effects to enhance the performance on the real stage. This real theatre is also used for special musical and theatrical performances. (Closed when performances are scheduled)
Prepare for some wet fun! An outdoor sea-faring, soft surface play-space that features boats, a lighthouse, and a crow's nest with activities including radar, Morse Code, fishing, oystering, water play and other nautical knick-knacks.
Water activities are usually open May through October, call ahead to check.
Located on the second floor, the Walk-In Workshop invites you and your family to explore art! Come squish and shape clay on Wednesdays from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m., paint to your heart’s content on Thursdays from 1:30 to 4:40 p.m., and enjoy Up4Art every weekend from 1 to 4 p.m. The Walk-In Workshop also houses Tot’s Time on Tuesdays and Thursday mornings, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is the setting for workshops and events throughout the year. This cheery, bright classroom, filled with an almost limitless supply of crafts, paints, glitter and glue is sure to inspire little (and grown-up) artists!