As parents will be on the hunt for ways to engage their kids during holiday breaks soon, I’m happy to be partnering up with Sci-Tech Discovery Center in Frisco, Texas to bring you this sponsored post about their new exhibit – Eyellusions!
I’ve always been intrigued by optical illusions and that’s exactly what you’ll find, from time machines and disappearing tricks to…….well, I’m getting ahead of myself.
Have you heard of Sci-Tech Discovery Center?
Located in Frisco, TX, it was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational organization with a focus on embracing “discovery and innovation through the active exploration of science, math and technology.” This is exactly where education and play meet.
While Sci-Tech Discovery Center is known for it’s permanent fixtures (oh, I’ll talk more about that soon), it’s the traveling exhibits which have caused such excitement.
Exhibits from prior years:
- Cartoon Network Animation”
- All Aboard (a train exhibit)
- Amusement Park Science
- Team Up! Sports Science
- Animal Grossology
- and more……..
Seriously, these sound like so much fun……especially the Amusement Park Science.
Right now through January 3, 2016, you’ll find the Eyellusions Exhibition!
A Victorian-themed time traveling exhibit exploring the wonderful and vast world of illusions. This exhibit reveals the neuroscience behind mind-bending illusions and ambiguous phenomena.
I spent the afternoon with my family enjoying the exhibit and I have to say we had the most fun trying to figure out the optical illusions before we “read” anything. We were stumped by quite a few but it was interesting to listen to my 8 year old daughter and 10 year old nephew come up with theories!
We started off with one of my all-time favorites…….the Vase above. I remember being shown this as a child.
Do you see the Vase? Or do you see 2 faces? We learned that though you may see both, you’ll never see both at the exact same time. Oh, the mysteries of the brain. What’s even more interesting is that my husband could not see the 2 faces when looking at the vase (not the wall behind). Can you?
Next it was time for the Time machine. Kids everywhere were excited about their turn to step inside, though they weren’t quite sure what was going to happen.
Using a pepper’s ghost effect, guests enter the time machine, a red light appears inside and you can see right through them – as if they are a ghost! It was incredibly creepy. Though my camera picks up the red light (you can see above), it can’t capture pepper’s ghost effect – you must see this in person! For extra fun, the center provides Victorian age costumes so that kids can dress up and enter if they dare!
One of my favorite children’s books is “Alice in Wonderland,” so our next stop was something I’d been looking forward to.
You remember the story right? Her size varies dramatically. To see an Alice in Wonderland illusion, we entered the Ames room, where guests can enter and look big or small depending on their position in the room. The whole display is inspired by the revelations in David Day’s Decoding Wonderland book. I must check out the book!
One quick glance and you’ll spy my daughter in 2 different corners of the same room. She was about equal distance from me each time as well. One she looks incredibly small, the other she looks larger. Yet it’s the same room and the same girl. Fascinating.
Other parts of the exhibit include:
- The incredible Zoetrope: 8 feet wide pre-film animation device where 12 wooden horse sculptures appear to be running.
- Movie theater: Vintage-looking theater with a stage for magicians to preform shows. When a live performance is not scheduled, a short film called “Rescue on Mars” will be playing. It will emulate old cinema techniques and show viewers just how simple these practical effects can be recreated at home.
- The dress: A Victorian version of the infamous black and blue (or white and gold) dress that “broke the internet” will be displayed. Guest will be able to play with the light intensity and discover what makes it change color.
But I mentioned the permanent fixtures earlier and there’s one area in particular where the kids would have stayed for hours and hours and hours if given the choice………….
BUBBLES! Who doesn’t love bubbles? I can recall many an afternoon lazily spent outdoors just playing with bubbles.
Now imagine them gigantic sized and that’s what you’ll find at Sci-Tech Discovery Center.
We learned all about the science of bubbles but most importantly just had some good old fashioned fun!
While the exhibits are a great part of Sci-Tech Discovery Center, there is so much more, including:
- Preschool Story Time (every Tuesday and Friday at 10:30 a.m.): This story time is made just for little scientists, ages 3 to 5. The young learners will enjoy stories, songs and hands-on activities geared toward “Mind Stretching Fun.” This event is free with admission and does not require reservations.
- Discovery Camps (Nov. 23, 24, 25, 2015): This fall, Sci-Tech will offer one-day camps with themes like grossology, splatology and force and motion. Pre-K members: $40/day; Pre-K non-members: $45/day; Grades 1-3 members: $75; Grades 1-3 non-members: $85
- Science with a Princess (Dec. 5, 2015, 10:30 a.m. to noon): Celebrate science with Princess Elsa of Frozen. She will lead winter-themed scientific activities such as erupting snowballs and creating snowflake ornaments. Photos and autographs with Elsa are also available. Price: $20 members; $25 non-members.
- Birthday Parties: Host your child’s next birthday at Sci-Tech for an unforgettable experience that ties science with fun! Select themes such as Seussical Science, Bubbleology, Blast Lab and more. (Ideal for children ages 3+.)
- Winter camps, summer camps and more!
Visit MindStretchingFun.org aka Sci-Tech Discovery Center prepare for a visit!
Sci-Tech Discovery Center
8004 North Dallas Parkway
Frisco, TX 75034