A Dash of Pepper

KarenBy: Karen Dewhirst
Museum Science Manager

Black pepper and its flavoring companion, salt, can be found in kitchens all around the world. But did you know that black pepper is not only the world’s most traded spice, but that it can also be used to illustrate some important science principles such as surface tension?

Here’s a fascinating home science experiment that will help you understand the power of black pepper: Continue reading →

Build STEAM with your Child

Jenette DeanBy Jenette Dean
Early Childhood Manager

For optimal brain development, young children need lots of time to explore a variety of materials.

These young explorers are naturally curious and eager to experiment with everything they can see, touch, and feel, so providing a variety of materials in an “explorable” setting is great for developing thinking skills. STEAM activities offer these opportunities using everyday materials.

Unit blocks are an excellent STEAM tool because they address Science, Technology (how things work), Engineering (problem solving) Art , and Math (understanding part to whole). Continue reading →

Dog Days with the Kids

Carla ZinkBy Carla Zink
Development Associate

I read a saying recently, “If you spend your day growling, then you’re sure to be dog tired by night.”

There comes a time when even the backyard seems too small for my toddlers. I knew that moment arrived when I looked up from weeding flowers to see my two and three year old boys perched on the roof of our car. Apparently they had exhausted the thrill of the bikes, balls, June bugs, and bubbles.

I had long ago exhausted my yapping “no, you’ll get hurt,” “come down from there,” and “you’re gonna poke your eye out.” So we packed our bag and climbed inside the car (rather than on top) to spend this “dog day” chasing whatever rabbits we could find.  Continue reading →

Is it Flatbread or is it Pizza?

LizaBy Liza Blair
Arts Manager

Pizza has a long and diverse history. For centuries, pizza was recognized as a popular Mediterranean flatbread flavored with different ingredients.

Needing only flour and water, flatbread was easy to make. Flatbreads could be seasoned with different foods or simply used to soak up the juices from meats and soups. It wasn’t until the late nineteenth century when cheese was added that the pizza began to resemble what we eat today.

So for your next pizza night, try making this simple pizza dough recipe. It’s quick, easy, and can be made ahead of time. The dough can be divided to make any size pizza you like. Continue reading →

There’s No Age Limit on Fun

RandyBy Randy Jestice
Youth Programs Manager

Some people say teens are too old to play at Creative Discovery Museum. We haven’t found that to be the case.

In fact, at the Museum, teens have taken a lead. The Museum’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB) was formed a little over two years ago from our experienced teen volunteers in order to give them an input in the running of our Museum Apprentice Program (MAP), the teen volunteer program at the Museum.

In 2011 the Museum conducted a number of focus groups that told us something surprising. Even though they are past the Museum’s target age group, teens remembered their visits to the Museum with a fond nostalgia and still wanted to visit it today. The only problem was they didn’t want to be there with small children or their parents. Continue reading →


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