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Families 'Build Their Imagination' at Children's Museum's latest exhibit


The Minnesota Children's Museum in Rochester opened its newest exhibit on Saturday, called Tinkertoy: Build Your Imagination.

It gave families an opportunity to build and invent together, learn new things about science, technology, and math, and also about each other.

"We are always about playful hands-on experiential learning, and boy did we knock it out of the park with this one," said Experience & Operations Manager Beth Sherden.

With nine STEAM driven activity stations, children get to build, construct, and invent, while parents re-live their childhoods.

But that's not all. Everyone in the family gets to tackle real-world issues: analyzing and understanding biomimicry and renewable energy, for example. Or learning something new about each other.

"Maybe a child learns that their parent really knows a lot about building design, and they go, 'I didn't know that!' Maybe a parent or a caregiver sees their children putting together things and constructing and go 'I didn't know my kid could do that!' And then what we really hope happens happens after that ,'I didn't know' moment is, it inspires them to do some further learning and exploration in those areas," said Sherden.

"I mean he just wants to go 24/7 so this is a really good place to bring him, and I mean he gets to interact with all the kids," said Tyler Milde about his one-and-a-half-year-old son. "And they have so many fun things to learn, especially parents. There's a lot of stuff in here you're like 'oh I never knew that.'"

Families also learned about the Ethiopian culture, through music and dance. February is African Heritage and Health month. Members of the Ethiopian community in Rochester shared with their culture with dance and food.

"When we have a chance to bring in different groups and be able to share their perspectives, and show the talent that we have here in Rochester, that's also something  that we really, really like to do here at the museum," Sherden.

She said if you have a little bit of time before the Super Bowl on Sunday, it's their Bremer first free Sunday. On the first Sunday of every month admission is free between noon and 4 p.m.

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