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eat well, play well


google garage


Living with Wolves

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Children’s Discovery Zone

eat well, play well – September 14 – January 6

Bringing nutrition and fitness education together. 

What is in the food we eat? Are fruits and vegetables important?  Can everyday activities burn calories?  Visitors will find the answers to these questions by exploring nutrition and fitness in Eat Well, Play Well, an engaging and educational science exhibit. This hands-on exhibit appeals to children and their families and features text in English and Spanish.

Eat Well, Play Well encourages healthy living by teaching the science of making healthy food choices and helping children and adults discover many fun and interesting ways to stay active. Visitors will discover what an appropriate serving size looks like, see firsthand what it takes to burn off calories, test their flexibility and balance, review the latest clinical research and realize that they can reduce their risk of disease with healthy choices.

Entry to the exhibition is free with Museum admission.

Boulder Experience | Now OPEN

Presenting Boulder’s history to connect visitors to the past, provide a context for the present, and inspire a vision for the future.

The Boulder Experience exhibition is a space for people to engage with the breadth of the innovation that was developed in Boulder and its impact on the world. Through an immersive, multi-media theater experience, visitors to this gallery hear the stories of the Native American people who resided in this area prior to white settlement, as told by Arapaho elders, themselves; have an appreciation for what has happened and what is currently happening here in Boulder; recognize the many innovations and discoveries made here in Boulder; have an understanding of Boulder’s ongoing contributions to history, science and culture; have an understanding that risk taking, living on the edge, and pushing boundaries are all part of the nature of Boulder; have an appreciation of the challenges and benefits in maintaining a healthy environment; and, consider how we can continue to improve in our struggle to be an inclusive community.

Visitors learn about the current science coming out of Boulder by predicting an incoming solar storm and deciding whether to ground air traffic or unplug the grid to minimize its impact; explore the many innovations and discoveries made here in Boulder, and have the opportunity to create their own innovations in the Google Garage; appreciate Boulder’s ongoing challenges and opportunities and be challenged to propose solutions in ongoing virtual dialogue with past and future visitors; recognize the breadth of ways diverse communities have contributed and think critically about racial tensions that have existed since the founding of the town; have an understanding that risk taking, living on the edge, and pushing boundaries are all part of the nature of Boulder; consider the risks we each take in the wilderness by locating, administering care and evacuating stranded climbers, hikers and skiers through a multi-level digital game; visualize digital 3D models of where we would be without the foresight of dedicated citizens in the past; and, reflect on Boulder’s role in organic and natural foods worldwide.

Entry to the exhibition will be free with Museum admission.

google garage – ongoing, but activities change

A creative space for messing about!

The Google Garage is based on the idea that children learn best when they get to explore, create, experiment, and follow their natural curiosities – just messing about.

Current activities:

  • Build and program robots using magnets, tablets, markers and your imagination
  • Explore circuits on our giant piano on the wall
  • Build structures, vehicles and simple machines
  • Virtual reality climbing, mountain biking, rafting and skydiving (Sundays only)
  • Laser cut a magnet of your favorite thing about Boulder to take home with you (Sundays only)

Come explore, create, and follow your curiosities here in our Google Garage. Best for ages 8+.

Entry to the Google Garage is free with Museum admission.

Living with Wolves Exhibit | December 8, 2018 – May 20, 2019

A photographic exhibit that advocates the reintroduction of wolves into western Colorado.

National Geographic’s Living with Wolves brings you face-to-face with a wolf pack to learn their social structures and dispel myths surrounding these unique creatures. Discover efforts to reintroduce wolves to Colorado. Bring the whole family and howl with the pack. Touch traps and pelts and listen to their voices in this multi-media exhibit presented by the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project.


children discovery museum | OPENING in 2019

Ready, set, play – YES, you can touch that at the Museum of Boulder’s interactive children’s museum. Play is essential to a child’s healthy development and the foundation for all future learning.

Boulder’s belief in a healthy work-life balance is a big draw for young families, and as a result, it’s a very kid-friendly town. However, something is missing and has been for a long time – a children’s museum in Boulder that is sure to top the list of most memorable experiences. The Museum of Boulder’s new Children’s Discovery Zone Museum will be a place that gives children the power of discovery and imagination.

From the moment kids enter through its doors (on the Garden Level of the Museum of Boulder), the amount of creativity and fun details will leave adults impressed and little adventurers giddy. The 2,500 square-foot space is designed for ages birth-8, and without a doubt, the design team at the Denver Children’s Museum working with our Task Force of staff and volunteers, has developed an innovative concept that is sure to make children happy while learning through play. Think “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” meets “Where the Wild Things Are”. With mellow lighting and a bevy of activity, parents can follow along while kids explore the tunnels, stairs, secret passageways and nooks. Magical portals with interactive experiences give youngest learners new perspective, engaging senses and sparking imagination.

The outdoor area will feature the only Luckey Climbing structure in Colorado. Luckey Climbers are sculptures that define public spaces and create emblematic play areas. They offer adventures to kids of all ages while challenging them to problem-solve, think spatially, and most of all, be with kids other kids. Made of bent plywood or rotationally molded plastic climbing platforms suspended by steel pipes and cables, Luckey Climbers are visually elegant works of art, part jungle gym, and once alive, they become fountains of children.

The Museum of Boulder’s Children’s Discovery Zone Museum is seeking community funding for the final phase of the project – fabrication and installation – so that this space can open to our youngest community members in early 2019. The fabrication and installation costs are $2,000,000 which the Museum must raise to make this dream come true for our community.

Entry to the exhibition will be free with Museum admission.


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