If you’ve been following me for any amount of time on social media, you’ll have noticed that we love field trips. Like, really LOVE them! I will always rather be out and actively learning than inside doing school with worksheets. We absolutely love museums and hands-on activities of all kinds around here. It’s probably the teacher in me coming out and wanting all experiences to be active, living, learning ones.
I know that everything probably can’t be a learning opportunity, but I try. And when we’re on a vacation or a break, the kids realllllly don’t want to “do school.” They whine if I bring our curriculum. I hate whining.
We recently went on a quick trip to Louisville and so we took a little “break” from school. Or at least that’s what I told them! Mwahaha. I’m so sneaky.
If my goal is to make learning effortless, interesting, living and fun….. The Kentucky Science Center certainly provides! What a cool place. The kids ran around checking out every corner of the three story space for hours. They LOVED every minute and didn’t even realize they were learning. #MOMWIN!
WE DID SCIENCE ALL DAY! ON VACATION!
The Kentucky Science Center has three floors of interactive exhibits and educational science demonstrations that keeps kids of all ages engaged and entertained.
My favorite part was probably the fourth floor of the building where there’s a breathtaking 4-story, 3-D, digital theatre!
It was seriously hard to chose which movie to watch. Check out the showtimes here.
We ended deciding on Backyard Wilderness, which was spectacular and we all loved it. It followed a girl around her suburban home for a year as she watched the changing seasons and the wildlife around her. I don’t know how the cameras caught things like inside the nests and the bottom of the pond, but it was amazing. (And we are completely obsessed with Wood Ducks now. You’ll understand when you see the film.)
But, I actually do want to see ALLL the movies. I mean, the line up is perfect. Pandas, The Ice Age, Oceans, Butterflies, Dream Big, Space, Tornados, Tiny Giants! AHHH. We need to see them alllll!
The kids loved the Whisper Dishes. They were across the room whispering to each other for a long time! haha.
Why…….The special parabolic shape of the dish focuses incoming sound to the ring so the other person can hear it. They work the same way as a satellite TV dish! A satellite sends a TV signal to the dish and its shape focuses the signal onto the receiver in the center! #themoreyouknow
Rube Goldberg machines never, ever disappoint!
Sam loved sitting in the Gemini trainer. This very Gemini trainer helped astronauts in the 60’s prepare for missions!
The place is filled with innumerable hands-on, learning activities that are just plain fun!
BE IN A BUBBLE was a huge hit.
They built a rocket. And then launched it.
Slow motion rocket launching.
I absolutely loved the giant pendulum! I found it ridiculously fascinating.
Invented in 1851, it demonstrates that the earth rotates on its axis. It seems to change its path as the day goes on, but in reality, the base is moving by virtue of the earths rotation! WHAT! Gravity and momentum and rotation. Mind blown. AND EIGHTEEN FIFTY ONE! Crazy.
Are you looking for a new place to take the kids this summer…..you have to check out Louisville and the Kentucky Science Center! We had a blast!
Imagine, explore, investigate, create, experience, observe, build and immerse yourself in science for the day at the Kentucky Science Center.