Science for Kids: Explorit in #DavisCA

Had a great time yesterday with my kids at the Explorit museum in Davis, CA. Some pics and vids are below

Cichlids at entrance

Really nice dissecting scope / viewing scope with video monitor:

Dissecting scope

Lots of good displays on agriculture which is a good think in and around the Central Valley

Why are fertilizers important?

Are all soils the same?

Agricultural space

More activities

Really nice activity making a bracelet that reflected where water goes in the environment.

Awesome game on water flow

Really helpful staff

Sifting seeds in water or not water

Snake …

Checking out the python


Giant cave cockroaches

Grind your own grain:

Add grain

Add grain

Floating ball

Best activity: make your own floating spider …

How spiders float 


Ball python time

Ball python

Ball python

Spider display

Science for Kids: Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, CA

Had a relatively nice trip to the Lawrence Hall of Science in the Berkeley hills last week with my kids.  The new math exhibit was less than ideal (complicated instructions for many things, not exceptionally friendly to my five year old) but the rest was pretty nice.

I am going to try to post more and more about science for kids in the future.  I was inspired a bit by getting some press coverage for being a geeky dad recently (e.g., see The Sexiest Geek Dads in the Galaxy – Io9 the New York Times had a bit about what science toys scientists used as kids and somehow I was included: These Were a Few of Their Favorite Things).

Anyway – here are some pics from the Lawrence Hall of Science.  It is worth a visit if you are anywhere near Berkeley and want something to do with your kids that is sciency.  We particularly enjoyed the simple star / constellation show at the planetarium.

We had a bit more fun in 2009 when we went.  Not sure why it was more fun but the math exhibit was not there so maybe that was it.  Some pics from 2009 are below