A Big thank you to Impression 5 Museum (also called Impression 5 Science Center) or I5 for inviting me to come and check out the science museum and share my experience with you. Making science cool and fun.
When you think museum, you think of hands off, don’t touch. Impression 5 Science Center is NOT that that kind of museum. It is a hands out, touch all over kid friendly museum with 29,000 square feet to explore. It teaches so much about science and exploration and really allows kids to dive into and explore so many different areas, you will just need to get a membership to truly enjoy and explore everything. Check out their store in the museum for really cool learning toys for kids, they have gift certificates too!
This museum is not just for kids. This is a place where multigenerational families can come together and share stories, ask questions and have a meaningful experience at the I5 museum. The museum is located in downtown Lansing, Michigan and is barrier free. They have replaced about 80% of their exhibits in the last 4 years to better support their mission to bring families together.
If you think you have seen the museum and haven’t been there in a while, you need to come check it out again.
They make their own exhibits here. Now they do share what they make with other museums and borrow other museum displays, but if something breaks, the exhibits are made to be easily repaired or replaced.
An example of this is the large light bright display. They saw the exhibit at another museum and kids stopped playing when they ran out of a certain color peg. They designed theirs to have the pegs that were clear, and they change color when you turn them. So you always have enough of what you want. Just amazing at the talented crew creativity here.
The train exhibit below is a traveling exhibit that is currently visiting the museum until mid February 2016. It is huge. There is a scavenger hunt you can do to see if you can find certain items. A great discussion exhibit with the kids to see if you can see the people, cars and just watch the variety of trains run the rails.
These are 3D dinosaur puzzles to build your own dinosaur. This is just one station to stop and play.
Come back again
There are so many things to see at Impression 5, you will want to come back again and again. The best way to do this, is to become a member and take advantage of visiting their museum all year. Another advantage to membership is their reciprocity membership to other museums for free or discounted.
Check out the L.A.B.S. they offer from time to time as well to allow your kids to get hands on experience with the staff at I5. Class space is limited and is a great way to encourage your budding scientist.
Have you been to Impression 5? What exhibit make science cool for you?