Me & You
Through Play in the exhibit components kids will investigate their own personal statistics (height, weight, etc.) and understand that there is a wealth of diversity within their community.
Block Wall and Construction Zone
What does playing around with blocks have to do with learning? Lots! The Block Wall encourages visitors to work together using simple machines in playful, dynamic and compelling ways! In the Construction Zone, children will plan, design, engineer and build their own creations using real wood and tools. Both the Block Wall and the Construction Zone help children understand spatial relationships, develop fine and gross motor skills, and hone the ability of children to work with others.
Air provides an excellent springboard to scientific investigation for children.
The wind tunnel, Bernoulli blower and wind wall provide compelling ways for kids to touch and understand air. Practice the basics of scientific investigation: asking questions, collaborating and discussing, testing ideas, making observations, and describing and communicating what is observed.
LaunchPAD’s Water Table is the museum’s signature exhibit, signifying the importance of rivers to the Siouxland area, plus allowing visitors to discover and experiment fostering intuitive curiosity-driven learning.
Market and Cafe
A highly important aspect of role-play is the function it plays in socialization, encouraging friendship, cooperation, listening, and turn-taking. Allowing children to independently explore, investigate, experience and be in charge of these familiar places fosters feeling of empowerment.
As children play in the Market and Café, they will encounter a variety of foods, take on diverse roles, and work on early literacy and early math as they sort, count, group and serve.
The Agriculture area will offer an environment where children will discover and learn about some of the different foods that grow locally. As children pretend, use their imagination, and role-play, they will experience the life of a farmer and learn how the farm and farm equipment and machinery help to give us our food.
Early stimulation is known to actually build neural pathways in the brain; early experiences shape not only children’s ability to learn but also their attitudes toward themselves and others. The Infant-Toddler Area provides a learning environment for the littlest visitors and the adults who care for them. Developmental challenges will encourage every little body to grow and develop.