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Physics @ Play

Open May 20- September 17

Life Size Games for Life Size Fun! Come PLAY and learn the many concepts of physics with GIANT versions of popular games. Your heart will be pumping and your brain will be tingling in this one-of-a-kind BRAND NEW exhibit, made and produced by our own Exhibits team at the Discovery Center. What can you learn by playing Jenga, Kerplunk, Soccer Billiards, Lite Brite, Chess and Checkers?
Physics @ Play explores the science of Physics while engaging the inner child in all of us- through play! 

Discover the force of Gravity with the Giant Jenga game. Manipulate the various structural loads that are supporting the structure even after being comprised. What do you notice when two edge blocks are removed leaving only the center block? 

Discover how Compression comes into play when two objects are pushed together with the Giant Kerplunk game. In this game all of the sticks are pushed together along with the balls. How many sticks can you remove before the compression is relased and all the balls fall to the bottom? 

GOAL! Learn all about kinetic energy and trajectory with GIANT SOCCER BILLIARDS. Explore this game of collisions and see first-hand Newton’s Laws of Motion.

Create endless patterns with our colorful GIANT LITE BRITE wall. This timeless Lite Brite exhibit creates mesmerizing opportunities for play. Kids of all ages will enjoy making patterns with acrylic rods in six colors. Parents will love the trip down memory lane when they see this classic toy designed at large scale. This activity is perfect for solo play or for a group of kids.  

Physics @ Play is Produced by the Don Harrington Discovery Center.

Physics @ Play is generously Sponsored by the Kimble Foundation and the Mullins Foundation.