Local Heart, Global Soul

January 11, 2013

Forget Gangnam Style, This is Learning FUN FUN Style!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Continuing from yesterday’s post,  Family Kiwidutch are exploring the Science Centre NEMO in Amsterdam.

The building is five stories high and packed with many more things to do and exhibits that even a fanatic photographer like me could keep up with,  so maybe I photographed a tenth of it all.

The lower levels are more suited to the interests of younger children, the higher you go the more complicated and scientific the exhibits become, but everything remains interactive and hands on.

There are moving displays, entire  ride on exhibits, mechanisms that open and close items on the ceiling, moving solar powered mini aeroplanes, sensors in walls or floors that triggered amazing lighting displays, and even a set of recumbent bicycle pods that you lay in and peddle as fast as you can: the faster you peddle the faster you are hurtled virtually through space on a massive screen in front of you.

Can you get past Mercury, the sun, through various nebula and to the edge of galaxies as the computer tells you where you are and how far away from planet earth you have travelled?

If I remember correctly you have only three minutes to see how far you can get… Kiwi Daughter got ultra competitive and  competed with Himself and despite his best efforts and long legs he actually struggled to beat her, only grazing past her score in the last seconds.

Next to them was a boy having a fabulous time dancing, fighting and lunging in front of a giant screen that threw down virtual lightening as sensors picked up his moves.

It seems that if a mechanism can be driven with water, electricity, magnetics or air, it’s here to be played with an explored, there’s a cultural area, puzzle area, even an area that explores the latest in Green technology.

If and when you want there are information boards detailing how everything works, this is learning fun-style and there’s plenty of noise in the place as excited squeals and whoops of laughter ring out all over the place.

With all the buttons to push, handled to turn and things to spin, our kids should have burnt off their excess energy today plus extra…in the meantime they are charging in front with Himself,  and sprinting back to me as I walk slowly behind to update me with the latest item ahead that’s got the Wow factor. If I covered four of the five floors once, I think they must have covered them ten times with all the rushing backwards and forwards.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

5 Comments »

  1. Another very fun as well as educational place for kids. I’m embarrassed to tell you this, but until a couple of weeks ago I didn’t know what gangnam style was. How did I miss it?

    Comment by lulu — January 11, 2013 @ 1:56 am | Reply

    • Lulu- you aren’t the only one who didn’t know. I had to read about it on Wikipedia about a month ago, and I’ve still not seen a video of the actual dance…

      Comment by gh — January 11, 2013 @ 3:21 am | Reply

  2. That lightning dance screen would be great to have at home. When anyone’s in a bad mood or having a tantrum, they could run out and pretend to be Zeus for a few minutes!

    Comment by Luddy's Lens — January 11, 2013 @ 6:59 am | Reply

  3. This is exactly Mr, Piglets type of museam!

    Comment by Piglet in Portugal — January 11, 2013 @ 8:05 am | Reply

  4. What fun! I love those balls that open up, I forget what they’re called. Kids and adults both love all those wonderful things in the science museum.

    Comment by mairedubhtx — January 11, 2013 @ 2:27 pm | Reply


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