One of my family’s favorite places to visit is Arizona Science Center. We have a family membership, so we go often and love to explore the new traveling exhibits. There are more than 300 hands-on activities for the kids, and the center is always bringing in fun new demos for special events. In addition, Arizona Science Center hosts several traveling shows every year, and the current exhibit, “Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science,” is one that you shouldn’t miss. It’s on display until Sept. 1.
I took the kids last week for an afternoon of discovery and education. As with many of the exhibits at the science center, the first section of “Lost Egypt” visually transports you to the time and place of the exhibit. There are scenes of modern Egyptian streets to help you enter the world of Egypt. The photos are big and colorful, but the kids instinctively knew where to go.
Turning the corner of the exhibit, the kids and I were greeted by Sarah, a life-sized camel statue, that we had to have our photo with. The kids are encouraged to jump on and take a picture with Sarah. (Tag @azscience and #lostegypt on Instagram if you do). While the kids are high upon Sarah’s back, they can see all the hands-on activities, so they quickly jumped down and took off in different directions to play and learn.
There is an 18-inch, 3-D pyramid puzzle, a wind/sand box to uncover the pyramids and a stone demo that shows how the Egyptians were able to move all those stones into place. The kids spent most of their time here, but while they played, I checked out some of the other artifacts in the area.
After the kids had their fill of the hands-on exhibits, we headed over to the mummy room. There is a real human mummy on display as well as a few animals and other funerary artifacts. The mummy is “Annie,” a girl in her late teens. The kids loved reading her story and all her details.
My favorite part of the exhibit were the scans. Modern scientists have been able to use current technology to scan mummies to see what they look like on the inside without disturbing or unwrapping them. The photos and information were incredible.
There will be various demos and activities during the entire run of the exhibit that will take you further into the world of ancient Egypt.
IF YOU GO
What: Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science
When: Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Sept. 1
Where: Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix
Cost: Tickets are $26.95 (adult), $23.95 (senior) and $19.95 (child), which include general admission. Members get in for $8 (adult) and $6 (child).
Information: (602) 716-2000 or AZScience.org/