On the final day of our epic road trip along US Highway 71 from the Louisiana border to the Missouri state line, Hunter and I spent the day in Bentonville exploring two great facilities. We'd get to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art later in the day, but for now, we were headed to the Scott Family Amazeum.
Of course, being a children's activity center, there are a lot of kids. And I know there are a lot of parents out there who are sensitive about having the faces of their children on the internet. I have edited our photos with this in mind.
|This staircase leads patrons to a second floor for birthday parties and social
gatherings. It includes the names of different attractions you'll find all
over northwest Arkansas.
|When you first enter, a learning lab is to the left. This area includes watercolor play on the
windows. As you can see, there are aprons.
|Hershey's operates a chocolate lab, which is on the right when you enter the kid's area. It's free, but you have to sign up for the limited space available. Next time we visit, I'm going to make sure to get us on that list.
|There's a market area a few feet beyond the learning lab, and it's full of different products that
kids can pretend to make, sell, purchase and place. It's fascinating, especially for younger kids.
|Here, kids can "dig up" potatoes and carrots from a play garden.
|These "trees" bear apples for harvest, along with a lesson about the
different sort of apples you'll discover in these parts.
|Like any good farm, this one includes a cow.
|From there, Hunter and I went on into a dinosaur exhibit. Here, kids can learn how dinosaur fossils are recovered and what we can learn from them.
|There's even an area where a child can use tools to clear dirt and sand from"fossils."
|This guy can give you an idea of how large dinosaurs were in comparison to humans.
|Hunter loves tinkering, and this afternoon's project was animation cells.
|The objective - paint or color in twelve cells on a strip to create a short animation.
|When complete, each participant's strip is put into this drum, which is spun. The animation can be seen through those slots.
|Here's Hunter's animation.
|In this relaxing little cave, kids and their parents can sit along the sides or sprawl on pillows on the floor and watch an animation on the screen above that shows the undersides of things, from animal paws to spilled liquids.
|Nickelodeon has an entire play lab on site with several interactive activities, including a shadow theater and stop motion capture animation video screen.
|There's also this neat musical sculptre where kids can beat, tap, rattle and plonk their own music.
|Hunter was fascinated with the Ballroom, which was a vacuum tube crowd sculpture where tubes and pipes are arranged to create air pathways for soft balls. She's really good at this.
|There's also a vacuum tube section around the corner for sucking balls and scarfs through transparent conduits and seeing where they go.
|We didn't bring swimsuits and didn't want to fuss with getting wet, so we left the Nature Valley waterplay area for another visit.
|And Hunter did check out the aviary above via rope bridge.
For more information, check out the Scott Family Amazeum website. You'll find it at the driveway entrance to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, which was our next and final stop for the day.
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