Museum’s ‘Frozen Over’ Exhibit Offers Kids Indoor Winter Fun

Photo courtesy of Museum of Life and Science
"Icicle Forest"

Wondering what to do with your little ones when it’s cold outside? Back by popular demand, the Museum of Life and Science in Durham is bringing winter indoors at its seasonal “Frozen Over” exhibit, where kids can escape for fun through Jan. 29.

Take your children to weave through an icicle forest, build an icy shelter and even skate on a synthetic ice rink in socks. The “pop up” exhibit — included with general museum admission — will be open Jan. 4-29 this year, and is suitable for all ages. Children can practice their fine motor skills by stacking “ice” cube blocks, using colored tiles to imitate snowflake geometry or creating a story on an oversized felt winter scene.

Here’s a look at some of the play areas/activities within the exhibit:

  • Icicle Forest Composed of 800 suspended foam pool noodles, the Icicle Forest offers a unique sensory-rich winter experience. Early childhood learners can build spatial awareness skills as they discover how their body fits in and moves through the space around them. Tip: Keep an eye out for special gaps, spaces and rooms within the forest.
  • Skate in Your Socks A 400-square-foot synthetic ice rink surrounded by a soft bumper border invites kids to kick off their shoes and practice their slides, twirls and pirouettes.
  • Igloo Building Area Children use the unique shapes of large foam blocks to create their own imaginative custom icy shelters.

Photo courtesy of Museum of Life and Science

The “Frozen Over” exhibit is open at 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Museum members can take advantage of early access at 9 a.m.

Photo courtesy of Museum of Life and Science

This post was updated Dec. 28, 2016.


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