The Museum of Science and Industry is our go-to museum for educational family fun. My son was thrilled when I surprised him with an impromptu trip to check out its latest exhibit, Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition.
Whether you're a fan of the show or not (yet), this special exhibition is an absolute must-visit for families with kids of all ages, from pre-schoolers to teens. Just like on the Emmy-nominated series, this exhibit brings science to life through awesome experiments, inspiring curiosity along the way. Now is your chance to test out some popular myths: Do you stay drier if you run in the rain? What does it take to hang from a cliff like an action hero? Can an airplane take off on a conveyor belt moving in an opposite direction? Can you really dodge a bullet?
This exhibit is entirely hands-on and interactive. My son piloted an airplane on a turntable, (almost) dodged a bullet, built a house of brick a la the three little pigs then tested it in a wind tunnel, and forced me to hang from a "cliff" to see who could hold on longer (he won). We both had a blast!
If you're a fan of the show, you're going to love seeing the Blueprint Room. It's based on the real-life operations room of the Mythbusters' set and is filled with props, gadgets, and blueprints from the more than 700 myths already tested out on the show.
Be sure to check out the Live Demonstration Stage, where a 10-minute live action show (running about every 20 minutes) demonstrates how the scientific method can be used to test out just about every wacky myth you've ever wondered about. Audience participation is encouraged!
Extend your learning at home by checking out the exhibit's website at www.mythbusterstheexhibition.com where you'll find a free, downloadable guide featuring ten related activities.
Note: This exhibit requires an additional ticket with a specified entry time; Adults/Seniors: $10; Children (3-11): $8