If you live within 2 hours of Chicago, you need to get to the Museum of Science + Industry ASAP to see their new Science Storms exhibit. My family and I had the pleasure of seeing the exhibit yesterday. It was beyond impressive.
Imagine a 40-foot tornado, tsunami tank, avalanche simulator, and the largest Tesla coil I've ever seen (1,000,000+ volts) hanging over your head – all in one massive exhibit. And that's just the beginning.
There's a tennis ball gun that teaches physics principles of velocity and launch angle, firing balls across the exhibit. You can create a chemical reaction, learn about the properties of sunlight and of fire, and discover why a column of fast-moving air traps objects in place.
With so many videos to watch, knobs to turn, and buttons to push, my kids - ages 5, 7, and 8 - wore themselves out. We were in this exhibit for two hours and didn't have enough time to see it all. We'll definitely be going back.
Here's a link to a "behind the scenes" blog from museum staff.