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 We're offering summer educational programming in the basment this year for all our guests, in place of camps. True to our mission to offer hands-on learning and fun to as many children and adults that we can, we have decided to try something new and utilize the lower level fully for more activities for all to explore. Free with admission and for Curious Kids’ members!

                    Make a "Summer MESS" at Curious Kids' Museum!

                                     June 10 - August 10, 2019

  Monday - Saturday, 10:30 AM - 4:00PM and Sunday, 10:30AM-3:00PM.                                                                                                                   MESS is an acronym for for Math, Engineering, Science and Stuff! Based off standard STEM learning, MESS allows children to make connections between the following subjects and their world through hands-on experimentation. Utilizing both areas on the basement level, CKM will offer practical and “try it” activities and related crafts and presentations/demonstrations. Free with admission and for Curious Kids’ members!

Each week will have a theme with related activities, experiments and art projects. Topics may include, but are not limited to: 

Can You Hear Me Now? and I Can’t Believe My Eyes! Sight and sound are similar in that both are forms of energy that travel in waves. Light can travel through empty space, but sound waves need matter to travel. Light and sound concepts may be taught using the following experiments: Flip Sticks - Dancing Rainbows - Jumping Beans - Reflective Writing - Perspective Drawing - Refraction and Bending Light - Bouncing Light - Pig in Bowl Illusion - Ping Pong Balls and Tuning Forks - Musical Instruments, Vibrations - Pitch (Strings and Cans) - Shaking Rice - Sound in Space – Communication

 Slippery Slope and What Goes Up, Must Come Down Slope is how steep a line is; it is also called gradient. Slide is moving along a surface while maintaining contact with the surface.  Gravity has a pull on items that go into the air, which brings them back to the ground. Incline Planes and Ramps – The Cutting Wedge – Turn of the Screw – Lever and Fulcrum – Pulleys – Marble Works – Hoop Flyers – Dragon Flyers – Paper Helicopters – Wheel and Axle – Balloon Rockets

 Opposites Attract, If You Build It-They Will Come and Launch Time Different building designs and different building materials will determine how strong a structure is. Magnets can either attract or repel items containing certain materials. Catapults have been used for thousands of years to launch different projectiles. Setting up towers, catapults and magnets utilize many different science, math and engineering concepts. DaVinci Catapults – Marshmallow and Toothpick Towers – DaVinci Blocks – Foil and Craft Stick Towers – Cups – Racing Cars – Repel or Attract – Towers from Boards – Straw Towers – Index Card Towers – Clothes Pin and Spoon Catapults – Magnetic Maze – Magnetic Painting – Magnetic Force Through Different Materials

Drop It Like It’s Hot and Water You Waiting For? Surface tension is one of water’s most important properties. It is the reason that water collects in drops, but it is also why water can travel up a plant stem, or get to your cells through the smallest blood vessels. You can experiment with surface tension using just a few household items. Measuring Surface Tension – Regatta Race, Building Boats – How Many Drops to Fill a Dot? – Making Water Defy Gravity – Marble Painting – Slime – Clouds in a Jar – Water Drop Race – Surface Tension on a Penny – Gravity Drop – Balancing Forks – Bubble Snake – Moon Sand

Mon., June 10 Can You Hear Me Now? And I Can’t Believe My Eyes! 10:30-4:00

Tue., June 11 Can You Hear Me Now? And I Can’t Believe My Eyes! 10:30-4:00

Wed., June 12 Can You Hear Me Now? And I Can’t Believe My Eyes! 10:30-4:00

Thurs., June 13 Can You Hear Me Now? And I Can’t Believe My Eyes! 10:30-4:00

Fri., June 14 Can You Hear Me Now? And I Can’t Believe My Eyes! 10:30-4:00

Sat., June 15 Can You Hear Me Now? And I Can’t Believe My Eyes! 10:30-4:00

Sun., June 16 Can You Hear Me Now? And I Can’t Believe My Eyes! 10:30-3:00

Mon., June 17 Can You Hear Me Now? And I Can’t Believe My Eyes! 10:30-4:00

Tue., June 18 Can You Hear Me Now? And I Can’t Believe My Eyes! 10:30-4:00

Wed., June 19  Animals Alive 10:30-4:00 1:00-2:00 Live Animal Presentation with Sarrett Nature Center. Crafts before and after the animal presentation

Thurs., June 20  Slippery Slope and What Goes, Up Must Come Down 10:30-4:00

Fri., June 21  Slippery Slope and What Goes, Up Must Come Down 10:30-4:00

Sat., June 22  Slippery Slope and What Goes, Up Must Come Down 10:30-4:00

Sun., June 23  Slippery Slope and What Goes, Up Must Come Down 10:30-3:00

Mon., June 24  Slippery Slope and What Goes, Up Must Come Down 10:30-4:00

Tue., June 25  Slippery Slope and What Goes, Up Must Come Down 10:30-4:00

Wed., June 26   Animals Alive 10:30-4:00 1:00-2:00 Live Animal Presentation with Sarrett Nature Center. Crafts before and after the animal presentation

Thur., June 27 Opposites Attract, If You Build It, They Will Come, And Launch Time10:30-4:00

Fri., June 28 Opposites Attract, If You Build It, They Will Come, And Launch Time10:30-4:00

Sat., June 29 Opposites Attract, If You Build It, They Will Come, And Launch Time 10:30-3:00

Sun., June 30 Opposites Attract, If You Build It, They Will Come, And Launch Time10:30-3:00

Mon., July 1 Opposites Attract, If You Build It, They Will Come, And Launch Time10:30-4:00

Tue., July 2  Opposites Attract, If You Build It, They Will Come, And Launch Time10:30-4:00

Wed., July 3  Animals Alive 10:30-4:00 1:00-2:00 Live animal presentation by Sarrett Nature Center. Crafts before and after the animal presentation

Thurs., July 4 MUSEUM CLOSED

Fri., July 5  Opposites Attract, If You Build It, They Will Come, And Launch Time 10:30-4:00

Sat., July 6  Opposites Attract, If You Build It, They Will Come, And Launch Time 10:30-4:00

Sun., July 7  Opposites Attract, If You Build It, They Will Come, And Launch Time 10:30-3:00

Mon., July 8  Opposites Attract, If You Build It, They Will Come, And Launch Time 10:30-4:00

Tue., July 9   Opposites Attract, If You Build It, They Will Come, And Launch Time 10:30-4:00

Wed., July 10   Animals Alive 10:30-4:00 1:00-2:00 Live animal presentation by Sarrett Nature Center. Crafts before and after the animal presentation

Thurs., July 11 Drop It Like It’s Hot and Water You Waiting For? 10:30-4:00

Fri., July 12 Drop It Like It’s Hot and Water You Waiting For? 10:30-4:00

Sat., July 13 Drop It Like It’s Hot and Water You Waiting For? 10:30-4:00

Sun., July 14 Drop It Like It’s Hot and Water You Waiting For? 10:30-3:00

Mon., July 15 Drop It Like It’s Hot and Water You Waiting For? 10:30-4:00

Tue., July 16  Drop It Like It’s Hot and Water You Waiting For? 10:30-4:00

Wed., July 17  Animals Alive 10:30-4:00 1:00-2:00 Live animal presentation by Sarrett Nature Center. Crafts before and after the animal presentation

Thurs., July 18 Can You Hear Me Now? And I Can’t Believe My Eyes! 10:30-4:00

Fri., July 19 Can You Hear Me Now? And I Can’t Believe My Eyes! 10:30-4:00

Sat., July 20 Can You Hear Me Now? And I Can’t Believe My Eyes! 10:30-4:00

Sun., July 21 Can You Hear Me Now? And I Can’t Believe My Eyes! 10:30-3:00

Mon., July 22 Can You Hear Me Now? And I Can’t Believe My Eyes! 10:30-4:00

Tue., July 23  Can You Hear Me Now? And I Can’t Believe My Eyes! 10:30-4:00

Wed, July 24   Animals Alive 10:30-4:00 1:00-2:00 Live animal presentation by Sarrett Nature Center. Crafts before and after the animal presentation

Thurs., July 25 Slippery Slope and What Goes, Up Must Come Down 10:30-4:00

Fri., July 26 Slippery Slope and What Goes, Up Must Come Down 10:30-4:00

Sat., July 27 Slippery Slope and What Goes, Up Must Come Down 10:30-4:00

Sun., July 28 Slippery Slope and What Goes, Up Must Come Down 10:30-3:00

Mon., July 29 Slippery Slope and What Goes, Up Must Come Down 10:30-4:00

Tue., July 30  Slippery Slope and What Goes, Up Must Come Down 10:30-4:00

Wed., July 31   Animals Alive 10:30-4:00 1:00-2:00 Live animal presentation by Sarrett Nature Center. Crafts before and after the animal presentation

Thur., Aug 1 Opposites Attract, If You Build It, They Will Come, And Launch Time 10:30-4:00

Fri., Aug 2 Opposites Attract, If You Build It, They Will Come, And Launch Time 10:30-4:00

Sat., Aug 3 Opposites Attract, If You Build It, They Will Come, And Launch Time 10:30-4:00

Sun., Aug 4 Opposites Attract, If You Build It, They Will Come, And Launch Time 10:30-3:00

Mon., Aug 5 Opposites Attract, If You Build It, They Will Come, And Launch Time 10:30-4:00

Tue., Aug 6   Opposites Attract, If You Build It, They Will Come, And Launch Time 10:30-4:00

Wed., Aug 7   Animals Alive 10:30-4:00 1:00-2:00 Live animal presentation by Sarrett Nature Center.Crafts before and after the animal presentation

Thurs., Aug 8 Drop It Like It’s Hot and Water You Waiting For? 10:30-4:00

Fri., Aug 9 Drop It Like It’s Hot and Water You Waiting For? 10:30-4:00

Sat., Aug 10 Drop It Like It’s Hot and Water You Waiting For? 10:30-4:00

 

 

 

We're a busy little beach town with plenty of room for you! Parking for the Curious Kids' Museum is available in a couple of city owned all day lots and many, many 2 and 3 hour spots near the Museum. 

Parking for the Curious Kids' Discovery Zone can also be in those all day lots or 2 hour spots near the Curious Kids' Museum, and you can walk the stairs or take the ramp below the bluff to Silver Beach, Whirlpool Splash Pad or Curious Kids' Discovery Zone. Or, you can park in one of 3 paid parking lots below the bluff (closer to the Discovery Zone & beach). The parking lot for the Silver Beach Center, which houses our Discovery Zone, is $2 per hour. July 3rd & 4th the Silver Beach Center parking lot will charge $20.

There may be an event/group that will create an influx of traffic/visitors to the area or Museum/Discovery Zone. You're more than welcome to call us ahead of time to find out what's going on in and around the Curious Kids' Museum or Discovery Zone on the day you plan to visit us! 

If it's a rainy day in the summer, plan on us being busy! Rainy days often mean an hour long wait to enter due to the amount of families visiting our area and are unable to visit the beach due to the weather. We apologize for this inconvenience but due to the fire code we must limit admissions. We're generally less busy on sunny days!