I have a wonderful giveaway for a family four-pack of tickets to the DaVinci- The Genius exhibit at the Arizona Science Center! First, I want to tell you a little bit about our visit to the exhibit this past weekend.
I am a huge proponent of learning by doing. It is my belief that children will retain more knowledge of a subject if they not only read about it, but see it, touch it, feel it, experience it. After touring exhibit, DaVinci- The Genius, this past weekend, I believe it is a perfect way for children to see, touch, feel, and experience the fascinating world of Leonardo DaVinci.
Many of the displays at DaVinci-The Genius focused on DaVinci’s inventions, including his mechanical pulleys and levers, mechanical screws, a tank, an eight-sided mirror (t0 view the body from all sides), machine guns, flying machines, and a scuba suit. While many of the displays in the exhibit were no touch/view-only, some were interactive, allowing a hands-on look at DaVinci’s creations. My son enjoyed using the crank wheels, wooden screws, and ball bearing contraptions, and discovered that many of the items we use everyday were invented or improved upon by DaVinci.
DaVinci’s research on aeronautics and flight were incredible, especially considering he lived almost 500 years ago. The re-creations of his designs truly showed his “genius” and the flying machines were enchanting!
My sons’ favorite display at the exhibit was the eight-sided mirror room. Guests were invited to go inside, where they could see themselves from all angles, and where the angle of the mirrors allowed them to look beyond, into several “dimensions.” He also enjoyed learning more about the military contraptions DaVinci envisioned, including his tank, machine guns, early robotics, and underwater breathing suit.
One of my favorite discoveries of the exhibit was DaVinci’s research and drawings of Vitruvian Man. I am not normally a fan of mathematics, but DaVinci made the field of mathematics not only interesting, but incredibly beautiful.
Another favorite of the exhibit was DaVinci’s anatomical drawings. DaVinci was enamored with the human physique and anatomy, and through his research developed incredibly detailed drawings of the human form. Believe it or not, most of these drawings remained hidden away for over 400 years after his death.
My husbands’ favorite part of the exhibit was the research done on DaVinci’s most famous painting, The Mona Lisa. Everyone has heard of the Mona Lisa, but what do you really know about it? Through extensive research and photography, scientists unearthed twenty-five new discoveries of the painting, which are shared in the Mona Lisa display of the exhibit. Did you know that DaVinci originally painted the masterpiece with much lighter color pigments than what we see it as today? And that he painted eye lashes on her, which have faded away through the years? You’ll have to see the display to find out the other twenty-three discoveries they made!
The DaVinci- The Genius exhibit is appropriate for all ages, although I think small children (4 and under) may not understand much of the research, and grow bored. Many of the displays within the exhibit are hands off, which may be difficult for little fingers (I even had a hard time keeping my hands off some of the gadgets), but the interactive displays will keep them entertained.
Children in strollers should do fine, as the exhibit area is wide and stroller-friendly. It takes about an hour to get through the entire exhibit, and then visitors are directed back to the first floor, near the very kid-friendly All About Me exhibit (very hands-on), as well as the planetarium.
Another fun feature for little ones is the outside atrium near the planetarium, which features interactive water games.
The Arizona Science Center is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The DaVinci – The Genius exhibit will be at The Arizona Science Center from February 10th – June 9, 2013. Tickets to DaVinci- The Genius include general admission, but planetarium tickets are an additional cost. The area around the Arizona Science Center, Heritage Square, is great for a picnic.
Now you have a chance to win a family four-pack of tickets to the DaVinci- The Genius at the Arizona Science Center!
To enter, fill out the rafflecopter form below. One of the required entries is to answer the following question in the comments area below: What is one invention or art piece that you know DaVinci made? Giveaway is open to residents of US, 14 + years of age. You must have the ability to travel to the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix on your own, before June 9th, as the giveaway is for tickets to the Arizona Science Center exhibit only.
(Disclosure: I received tickets for my family to experience the DaVinci exhibit, as well as a family four-pack to give away. Photography is not allowed inside the exhibit, and I received special permission to photograph as a member of the media. My opinions are 100% my own.)