The newest visiting exhibit at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences is hands-on fun for all ages. Mazes & Brain Games features, as the name would imply, a variety of mazes as well as a few fun games to challenge your brain. We took our 8 and 3 year old kids a couple weeks ago and could have spent the entire day just enjoying the exhibit.
A number of the mazes you can walk through, but don’t rush to find the way out. The varying twists & turns, and those dead ends – that’s where you’ll find even more fun. One of the smaller mazes (parents, duck your heads) is perfectly sized for kids and includes instruments to play. A larger one, Maze of Illusions, has plenty of interactive panels that will entertain and educate.
Need a moment to rest? Pause to watch the daily rat maze (one of the museum’s rats finds his way through a small maze to a treat) or sit and enjoy a smaller game. Try your hand at one of the Rubik Cubes or a magnetic toy maze. You can also pull up a seat at a table to use pieces and construct your own marble run.
At the back of the exhibit is a room dedicated to glow-in-the-dark fun. You’ll find a maze, naturally, as well as tic-tac-toe, checkers, and sudoku.
And that’s just a small taste of the fun. There is so much more. This exhibit runs through Labor Day weekend so be sure to add it to your spring and/or summer plans.
Don’t let the photos fool you. We arrived early and were the very first into the exhibit for the day (hence the “empty” photos). The crowd picked up after the first hour, but was still plenty manageable.
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Sun noon – 5pm (last entry at 4pm)
Exhibit Cost: $5/person or free for Members
Directions & Parking Info – http://naturalsciences.org/