Blast Off Exhibit: Museum of Life+Science (& giveaway)

We love Durham’s Museum of Life+Science and believe it’s important that you know how to maximize your visit here.  So when they put up new exhibits and offer even more for families, we want you to know.  Stacey gives you the scoop on the newest from this Durham gem.

HoverTableeditOne of our favorite Durham places just got better!  The Museum of Life + Science just opened their newest exhibit “Blast Off,” and my two little boys (2 & 4) both had a blast trying it out.

In a brilliant effort to highlight and integrate the space features that have been a part of the museum since it was built at this location, the museum team has added several hands on labs to help get kids of all ages excited about flight.

Now, instead of whizzing past the aerospace exhibits because your kids won’t stop to admire non-moving pieces of space history, you can get involved with projects directly related to the memorabilia around you like customizing and launching a foam rocket right next to a real rocket.  My boys (who aren’t known for their long attention spans) would have happily launched rockets all day, and that wasn’t the only new and exciting lab in the “Blast Off” exhibit.

The area in front of the moon lander is now the home to two hover tables, two wind tunnels, and a workstation filled with a variety of materials for kids (and adults!) to build their own flying contraptions and test their creations’ aerodynamics and hovering capabilities.

AirplaneLaunchereditMy 2 year old and I were both mesmerized watching a berry basket float in the wind tunnel (after his unsuccessful attempt to get his lovey to fly).  While we were admiring the floating basket, my 4 year old was launching paper airplanes.  Not throwing, launching.  The museum has two paper airplane launching machines that allow the kids to adjust the launch angle, load their airplane into the launcher, and watch the machine zip the plane towards a target.  There’s also a table with four wind tunnels that allow the kids to adjust the pressure and launch paper cups up through the tunnels.

There’s so much to love about this area for parents and kids of all ages.  I spend all day telling my little guys not to throw things indoors, so they loved being encouraged to make things float, hover, and fly every which way.

Older kids will love all of that, plus be able to layer in science and engineering principles that they’ve learned in school to create their own aircraft and better understand the significance of the pieces of space history around them.

Parents will love having a cool (literally and figuratively!), new indoor space to visit during the summer heat, and if your memory of Bernoulli’s principle isn’t fresh, don’t worry, the labs will have a facilitator on site to help answer questions and explain the stations.

FloatingBasketeditThe Blast Off exhibit is included with regular admission, and will be here all summer long, so make sure you add it to your summer bucket list!

And now that you’ve updated your summer list, we’re ready to help two lucky readers check this one off! We’re doing a giveaway for two family passes (admit 4 each) to visit the museum.  The passes are valid through September 30, 2013. 

To sign up for your chance to win, simply enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below.  There are many ways to enter (pick which one you like, or do them all to increase your odds).  The contest ends Tuesday, June 25th.

The MiCHill team was provided free entry in to the museum in exchange for this review; however, all opinions expressed are strictly our own and authentic.

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14 comments for “Blast Off Exhibit: Museum of Life+Science (& giveaway)

  1. Sarah Boyce
    June 18, 2013 at 3:37 am

    Hope to win sounds fun!

  2. Kimberly
    June 18, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Letting my daughter run around and explore!

  3. Joanna
    June 18, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I love this museum and can’t wait to visit again! The new exhibit sounds fun!

  4. Amy
    June 18, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    my daughter loved the mist exhibit!

  5. Jen
    June 19, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    My 5 year old is fascinated by flying and would LOVE this exhibit. Can’t wait to see this new exhibit!

  6. Brooke
    June 20, 2013 at 4:42 am

    Thanks for an amazing giveaway. Great place!

    • Brooke
      June 20, 2013 at 4:44 am

      Checking out this new exhibit would be at the top of our list.

  7. Jessica @Bkeepsushonest
    June 20, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    we always love the dinosaur dig

  8. Beth
    June 21, 2013 at 3:54 am

    Looking forward to visiting the new exhibit!

  9. Jenn A
    June 23, 2013 at 1:31 am

    Interested in checking out the new hands-on fun stuff!

  10. Mary Happymommy
    June 24, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    We’re looking forward to the hands-on exhibits.

  11. Andrea
    June 24, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    I’ve heard that they have this springy-bouncy stick your kid in it thing and you can use it for your little ones. Do you know what I mean? :P

  12. Shell
    June 24, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    My boys would love to launch paper airplanes!

  13. mamakat07
    June 24, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Haven’t been to the museum in far too long! Definitely need to check out this new exhibit – sounds awesome!

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