Monday, September 9, 2013

Science Museum of Western Virginia

The Science Museum of Western Virginia reopened back in Center in the Square in downtown Roanoke a couple of months ago, and we finally got to check it out.  They had some of our old favorites back, like the horseshoe crab tank.

And they also had some new things, like gorgeous aquariums full of tropical fish. 

An old favorite - the ball full of soapy water for spinning.

And a new one - stairs to the butterfly garden (more about that in a later post) that had the names of people who influenced science over the years. 

They had an exhibit on creepy crawlies that the boys enjoyed, as it was interactive.

Hands on with parasitic worms, talk about good fun!

They got to play an electronic version of pinball.

There is also a new hands on kid room, complete with a dinosaur dig.

And teeth to brush.

Readers, have you played with any hookworms lately? 



30 comments:

Lynn said...

that is a fabulous place, I really liked how they view the names on the steps...they must have been tired boys at the end of their day!

Enie Dub said...

Your boys get to go to the best museums ever! Looks like they had a lot of fun....

Blackberry Lane said...

What fun for active little boys. I enjoyed the pictures, Lisa. Have a good Monday.

Sunnybrook Farm said...

We haven't seen the new place yet, I would like to see the butterflies as I watch them throughout the year around here, they are interesting. I saw some monarch butterflies passing through last week.

andy said...

That looks like a cool place ! Glad the boys enjoyed it !!

LONDONLULU said...

What a fantastic place! Well worth the wait for re-opening. I love the scientist stairs:)

TexWisGirl said...

yuck! tapeworms in my dogs on occasion...

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

I need to put this place on my list! I love those steps, and you got a great shot of them.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

What a GREAT museum!

Fernando Santos (Chana) said...

Belas fotografias dos seus filhos....
Cumprimentos

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Did you go in the butterfly garden?

alissa apel said...

I love that staircase! I know my kids would love that soapy ball thing!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Looks like the boys had a great time and I love that stairway! Museums are always fun.

Ginny said...

Ewwww! But I am assuming all worms and parasites are not real! HEY, something has happened to your blog, I was afraid I would not be able to get to it. When I clicked on it, first there was a page that says that I was about t be re-directed, and did I want to be? So I said yes, then they took me to a page that said that your blog was not checked for SPAM and to enter at my own risk! I do not know what happened that your blog would start doing this!

Mary said...

What fun! Especially the creepy crawlies and the parasitic worms. :)

Harry Flashman said...

I am constantly amazed at how well you do with getting your kids out for positive experiences. I remember taking ours to the Nashville Science Museum when they were about that age and how they enjoyed it. It's important, especially for rural children, to be exposed to experiences which broaden their world out beyond the tree line or the edge of the field.

A Quiet Corner said...

Another awesome day with the boys...the critters I can do without though!...:)JP

Anne Payne said...

love the stairs! i'm sure your boys loved the parasitic worms :) it's such a guy thing!

Grandma Bonnie said...

What a great place for the boys to visit. I feel no need to play with hook worms. lol. I can't wait to read about the butterfly garden.

Linda said...

Eww... hookworms! I've had them, but they aren't something to play with! Instead you take meds to get rid of them!

Looks like a great museum though.

I read Ginny's comment and I think her browser is using some security update. I had no problem with your page.

Renegades said...

I haven't had to play with hookworms thank goodness. The best aquarium around here is at Cabela's.

Ercotravels said...

Sounds an interesting museum in the pictures! thanks for sharing..but I just found a glorious place which is very interested and famous for their history and culture. I hope that you will know about it through my new post..

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

Love going to science museums, although we haven't been in years. Now that we have little ones here, I am sure it will be happening soon.

Nancy said...

I think I remember those huge teeth from my own childhood. Love the spinning soapy water ball and the steps. What fun for the boys.

Maggid said...

no, no hookworms . . and - is there a reason i want to???

I'm still thinking about a ball of soapy water to spin . . it sounds like limitless, fascinating fun.

Busy Bee Suz said...

I try to avoid hook worms!! ;)
What a great place for your boys; learning and having fun go hand in hand!

mail4rosey said...

Those stairs are cool! I have not played with any hookworms lately. ;)

Our Neck of the Woods said...

The aquarium looks awesome! And those giant teeth cracked me up :)

Betsy Adams said...

Wow, Lisa... What a great museum.. Kids can learn more at a place like this than they can sitting in a classroom for hours and hours. So glad you were able to go there. I'm sure the kids will remember that visit for a long time.

Hugs,
Betsy

SweetMarie said...

Looks like the boys had a blast!!!
My Roxy had tapeworms once, easy to get rid of. :)