September 8, 2008 in Features

Birthday bash at Mobius

AirPlay blows into museum like zephyr of new fun
Staff writer
Photo courtesy of Mobius photo

Young museum visitors can learn about the power and properties of air at the new Mobius Kids AirPlay exhibit. Photo courtesy of Mobius
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If you go

 AirPlay features 10 activities and will be in town through Jan. 23.

 Mobius Kids is located in the lower level of River Park Square. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

 Admission is free this Saturday as the museum celebrates its third birthday. Regular admission is $5.75 per person (free for children 12 months and younger; seniors and military members receive a $1 discount).

 More information is available by calling (509) 624-5437 or online at www.

 AirPlay also will travel to scores of classrooms around the area, thanks to the Mobius-in-Motion program. Someone from the museum will accompany the exhibit to help explain the science behind all the fun through a lesson aligned with statewide learning objectives.

 To request a visit to your school or to schedule field trips to Mobius Kids, call (509) 624-5437.

Kids and their families are invited on Saturday to a whirlwind of a birthday party at Mobius Kids, a children’s museum in downtown Spokane.

And here’s the best part: Everyone gets in free.

Plus, you’ll be the first in town to experience a brand new, interactive exhibit, AirPlay.

“It’ll blow you away,” promises the museum’s press release. “Come discover what air can do, where it works, and how much fun playing with air can be.”

Watch winds whittle and reshape sand dunes. See how air makes model boats “sail” across a tabletop. Or send a blast of air through an “air cannon” all the way across the room.

Then, try to float and maneuver foam balls on invisible air streams. And paint a wall of shimmer disks with a spray of air.

Once you’ve got the hang of it, race foam balls through streams of smooth and bumpy air.

Bet parents will learn as many things as their kids do.

Kristi Luntzel, museum education coordinator, said that among the concepts explored are: “How do airplanes and helicopters remain aloft? How do hurricanes and tornadoes create disasters on land, and why are some areas spared? How have the hills of the Palouse region been sculpted over time, and how could the Dust Bowl of the Depression Era take place?

“These are bigger questions that can be explored on a smaller scale through AirPlay,” Luntzel said.

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