The Children's Metamorphosis
The Met ... a museum for growing children
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Our interactive exhibits encourage imagination and education though role playing. They include the following, and more!
The front lobby area is not just a place to check in at the desk. This area also houses activities designed to develop small muscle skills (puzzles and drawing materials). The sand/rice table and water table develop hand eye coordination, give the children practice pouring, help children understand the mathematical concept of volume, and give them an opportunity to explore the concepts of sinking and floating. It is also the area we have set aside for visitors to eat and gather information on the community
Children can dress in fire gear, drive a fire truck, work the hoses, listen to the scanner, climb up to the bunk house and slide down the fire pole. Fire safety rules are taught through this exhibit: what do you do if your clothes catch on fire (stop, drop, cover your face, and roll); why it is important to get out of the house quickly when you hear the fire alarm, smell smoke or see fire; the importance of having a meeting place outside of the house.
This exhibit gives children the opportunity to explore a real hospital room, and to learn more about keeping their bodies and minds healthy. Being familiar with the hospital environment helps ease much of the anxiety at a very stressful time when children need to make that sometimes unavoidable trip to the emergency room. Sponsored by Derry Medical Center and Londonderry Family Practice Center.
This exhibit allows children to be their own restaurateur. Complete with kitchen, dinning area and host stand, menus and pretend money to pay the check. Children get to practice their writing and math skills while taking orders and making change.
A dentist chair, giant toothbrush, and posters and tools from a real dentist's office educate children on the importance of dental health and give them a chance for fun play in this sometimes scary environment.
This exhibit simulates a cross section of street construction with tunnels and manhole. It includes a replica bull dozer, various blocks for building, magnates, tools and a slide just for fun. Levers, pulleys and gears are all simple mechanical tools that children learn about in this exhibit. Sponsored by Crossroads Construction.
The Met has various animals that are used in educational workshops. We pride ourselves on the good care we take of them and the example we set for taking responsibility for a living animal. The habitat, diet, and reproductive habitats of animals are all addressed in this exhibit. Care and feeding of Ginger the rabbit sponsored by the Anglers Attic.
This horizontal climbing wall is a fantastic way to teach balance, coordination, problem solving, cooperation and improve upper and lower body strength.
This garden space is an outdoor area that displays regional plants and has a touch and smell garden. The center piece is a 7 foot climbing sculpture and our mascot “Curiosity the Caterpillar”. This space changes with the season to display outdoor plants, animals and habitats. Children can watch seasonal changes in the garden. During growing season children can help plant flowers, herbs and vegetables.
This exhibit is a two-story structure. The first floor is a school house where children can be both teacher and student. They can practice letters, numbers and talk about the weather. The second floor is all the fun things you might find in your grandma's attic: dress-up clothes, doll house, a castle, and baby dolls. This exhibit shows how life was when parents and grandparents were young and helps bring history to life.
WIlderness Area, Dinosaur Pound, Arts and Crafts Area, Dentists Office