A new exhibit, Think.Do.Make., opens at the Austin Children’s Museum Feb. 2 and will last until the downtown location closes late this summer. The exhibit is a sneak preview of the new museum coming to Mueller late this year.
The exhibit will be hosting interactive features that mix science and engineering with art, invention, design and building challenges. The idea behind the exhibit is to enable visitors of all ages to ask questions, test ideas and discover new connections.
The exhibit has three components: Nano, Build and Flow. Nano explores the cutting edge science that is invisible to the naked eye, Build helps discover the design secrets of nature’s architects, and Flow is a playful invention launched by the power of moving air.
Think.Do.Make. will be featuring the PlayHive, the highlight of the exhibit, which is a hive-shaped play structure inspired by bee hives and is built by local architects at ThoughtBarn. It will be installed beginning at 10:30 a.m. the day the exhibit opens so that visitors can observe the engineering in action.
For people who want to take part of the action, there is a DIY plan available for download online to build a PlayHive with simple tools and materials of their own. The exhibit was created and produced by the Austin Children’s Museum and is funded in part by Connect a Million Minds, an initiative of Time Warner Cable, YNN and partially supported by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division.
The Austin Children’s Museum was founded in 1983 as a non-profit organization and their mission is to create innovative learning experiences for children and families alike to inspire and prepare the next generation of creative problem solvers. One of their main goals is to enable and empower the learning experience of children.
The museum is currently located at the Dell Discovery Center at the corner of Second Street and Colorado. The museum is open Monday from 9 a.m. to noon (for children age 0-3 only), Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
Admission to the museum is $6.50 for adults, $6.50 for children 2 years and older, $4.50 for children who are 12-23 months and children under 12 months are free. Wednesday nights from 5 to 8 p.m. admission is by donation. Sunday’s from 4 to 5 p.m. are free. For more information visit austinkids.org.