Science of Play

Play is learning! Each week, explore new exhibits and materials that support your child's social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Hands-on materials, interactive activities, and facilitated discussions identify the different types of learning that happen while children play. Caregiver takeaways and informational resources will help families continue learning at home. 

Look for weekly and monthly themes!

All programs are included in general admission and are free for members. Admission can be purchased in advance online or by walk-in at our front desk!

 

Plan Your Visit

 

Thank you Westminster College Foundation for supporting Science of Play!

June 19, 2024 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Object Play - Objects Through Space

Location: My Place in Space

Catch, throw, and launch objects into space! Test your strength and coordination skills by passing objects to friends high or low. Build on gross motor skills, coordination, and spatial awareness - all while having a BLAST!

June 26, 2024 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Object Play - Loose Parts

Location: The Dinosaur Gallery

Loose parts provide endless opportunities to explore new concepts and environments. Uncovers loose parts in our dino pit as you clean and examine, discover if parts match and connect, or sort and find loose parts a new home. Use your imagination, and work on memory, focus, and pattern recognition!

July 3, 2024 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Creative Play - Symbolic Creations

Putting materials and objects together can open up a creative world of possibilities and assign a new function or purpose to everyday objects. Think outside the box - for example, when we tie a string to a rod it becomes a fishing pole, a construction crane, or a monster's tail. Creations are endless with different materials and imaginations at play. 

July 10, 2024 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Creative Play - Exploring Modes & Mediums

Draw outside the lines and use unexpected materials. Unleash your creativity and test out unconventional canvases and ways to make your mark!

July 17, 2024 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Creative Play - World Building

Construct a new world with your mind and body. Test out your imagination on a drawing board, or craft a model out of construction paper and odds and ends.

July 24, 2024 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Creative Play - Mud Kitchen

Mud is today's glue for connection, creation, and play. This simple activity with dirt, water, and a few kitchen supplies can open up opportunities for endless creations and play.

July 31, 2024 9:30 am to 9:30 am

Creative Play - Expressive Dance

Dance comes so naturally when we hear music. 

Move your body in a way that feels natural and expressive to you! Use your body and natural impulse to express yourself to your friends and family through dance.

August 7, 2024 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Sensory Play - Balancing Act

Test your ability to balance. Are you a master at walking a balance beam or steadying your hands to carry a ball on a plate? We will play with your coordination skills from head to toe!

August 14, 2024 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Sensory Play - Ambient Illumination

Get lost in time watching light pass over and through objects and space. Sensory play stimulates the mind and body to be inspired and relaxed simultaneously.

August 21, 2024 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Sensory Play - Tinker and Tunes

Fiddle with trinkets and test out how objects fit and sound together. It is a natural instinct to test what an object can do by hitting it against another. This play explores curiosity and body senses through sound. 

August 28, 2024 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Sensory Play - Squish, Squeeze, Spill

Explore sensory materials that are slimy, cold, and moldable to expand the mind and body's capacity for sensory input.

Unearth Wonder

Help build our NEW dinosaur exhibit at 100 Kellogg Lane!

The future London Children’s Museum was shaped by the ideas and dreams of over 500 children, families, and community members. And children in our community made one thing very clear - our new home would not be complete without dinosaurs!

But to make our community’s dream a reality, we need your help! You can bring these prehistoric wonders to life by donating today. Every gift matters!
 

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