Discovery Science Center, or the “The Cube,” as it’s affectionately known for it’s architectural accent features Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition through September 7th, 2014.
If you are already a fan of the Mythbusters show, you have to go because you’ll be able to match the exhibits to shows you’ve seen and try the experiments yourself. You’ll also get to see artifacts/props on display from actual shows. Think exploded water heaters and the champagne gatling gun!
If you’ve never seen an episode, you’ll be a fan after this! You’ll want to go back and watch clips of the experiments you get to try.
The exhibit gives you a chance to go through the steps of the Scientific Method. That’s where you make an observation, form a hypothesis (best guess about why something is happening), use your hypothesis to make a prediction, and then experiment to test your hypothesis. There’s all sorts of research and analysis that goes on when you are running through all the steps in a scientific setting, but this is all about using your brain to make observations and using your body to test them out! You basically get to do all the fun stuff without all the tedious stuff. The outcomes on the show are: Confirmed, Plausible, or Busted. So that’s the goal at the exhibit, too.
What We Liked:
- Everything is hands-on.
- I thought it was cool that the videos had Spanish subtitles and the signs were both in Spanish and English — to make them accessible to more children.
- It was awesome to see adult guys coming to visit this exhibit – even if they didn’t have kids. And they were so excited about all of the experiments and participated in the short shows put on by DSC staff.
- This exhibit will get you excited about science.
- Our favorite exhibits were the walking vs. running in the rain and blind driving (you have to see this – it’s hilarious)
Things to Know Before You Go:
- It does cost $10 extra to get into the Mythbusters portion of the Science Center — good because it keeps the crowds down, but bad because it’s an extra $10 on top of the $12.95 you pay for a child admission. However, it’s an extra $10 for hands-on education and you can’t put a price tag on that. Also — consider a membership because I think you only have to go 2x to make it pay off.
- You will also have to pay for parking and because of the construction of a new wing, you’ll need to walk to get to the entrance. $4 per vehicle – cash only.
- Discovery Science Center is field trip central! The sudden influx of kids without one-on-one supervision can be overwhelming to a parent who is there with just the kids in their family. We were on our way to the Eco-Challenge exhibit when this happened and it was crazy busy with a huge group flooding the area and using all of the carts. Just be ready for loud and crowded. One strategy is to arrive either before or after field trips. We got there right at 10am when it opened and it was okay for our 1st hour, but I think late afternoon might be a quieter time for families, as well.
- You might get wet! The kids loved the rain exhibit and wanted to go through multiple times.
- Young kids will definitely have fun, but I think 8 year olds to teenagers will get the most out of it.
- Visit the official Discovery Science Center website for more information.
See how you can match the prop to the show? They had their duct tape canoe at the exit of the exhibit from this episode: