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School’s Out— But Science Is In

Discovery Children’s Museum offers infotainment for kids with the Zoom Into Nano exhibit.

The kids are officially out of school, folks. Now is the time when parents are scrambling to keep their children entertained through the long summer. Instead of a typical day at the pool or one spent inside binge-watching Netflix offerings, why not flip the script? Spend a day in a place where the world of education and the world of fun become one.

Kids can break molecules on touch screens, observe elements of objects in increasingly microscopic levels and dissolve crystals with body movement to simulate the generation of heat at Zoom Into Nano, the latest exhibit at the Discovery Children’s Museum. It’s a gold mine for parents who want their kids to have fun but also leave the museum with an immense amount of understanding for science.

Photography by Jon Reis

“We are the liaisons between the scientists, who are doing the cutting-edge research, and the general public, who are learning about that cutting-edge research and applying it to their lives,” says Tifferney White, CEO and president of Discovery Children’s Museum. “Nanotechnology is a big concept and can sometimes be a scary term. However, if you know anything about Discovery Children’s Museum, one thing that we do very well is to take those big concepts and break them down into understandable lessons.”

In our ever-changing world, nanotechnology is advancing the way we create everything around us—from stain-repellent clothing to new medicines—with the invisible building blocks of matter, atoms. Zoom Into Nano, on display at the museum through September 4, gives the community an opportunity to learn about these advances in diverse ways.

“We know that not everyone is interested in becoming a scientist, but we strive to provide experiences that allow visitors and members to be science-literate and leverage that literacy to make the best decisions for their lives in this constantly evolving world.”

Discovery Children’s Museum

10 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Sat., noon–5 p.m. Sun., $14.50, at Symphony Park, 360 Promenade Place,