Lafayette, Colorado – WOW! Children’s Museum (World of Wonder) has the weather forecast, and it looks like rain, snow, sunshine, wind, and clouds! On January 27th, Zula Patrol: Mission Weather, a weather-themed national traveling science exhibition opens at WOW! Children’s Museum. Based on the popular CG animated PBS children’s series and designed for children ages 3-8 years old, Zula Patrol: Mission Weather teaches young explorers about key science concepts as they encounter the strange and wild weather of planet Earth. Zula Patrol: Mission Weather will be on display at WOW! from January 27th to May 8th 2016.
“We believe that it’s important to spark children’s interest in the sciences from a young age. Children are naturally curious about the world and want to find out as much as they can. They want to know what makes the wind blow and how clouds are made. This exhibit will introduce a variety of weather concepts to kids and their parents in fun and engaging ways,” said Jennifer Hinderliter, Executive Director, WOW! Children’s Museum.
The Zula Patrol: Mission Weather is made of five freestanding, interactive stations that combine to create the colorful cartoon world of Zula. Zula characters Captain Bula, Professor Multo, Space Pilot Zeeter, flying wonders Wizzy and Wigg, and Space Pet Gorga invite visitors to join them as they explore weather phenomena throughout the exhibit.
At the first station, families will learn about clouds along with Professor Multo and reach inside a swirl of water vapor – the closest thing to touching a real cloud. Whizzy and Wigg teach visitors about wind by using a variety of devices to move the air, starting a chain reaction of events, including spinning a windmill to trigger lights. Temperature is the focus of the next station, where young explorers can step inside two domes that demonstrate hot and cold extremes. Space Pilot Zeeter has transformed the cockpit of her spacecraft into The Weather Window.
Visitors sit in the pilot and co-pilot seats and use three controls to change the scene in the Weather Window, where Zula villains Dark Truder and Traxie lurk. The last station, Multopedia, features Professor Multo’s book – a content-rich, interactive media station that allows guests to scroll through video clips of weather scenarios ranging from a snowflake melting to a year’s worth of weather flying by in a few seconds. A Zula-themed activity center allows kids to read weather-themed books and create the sounds of weather using a wind machine, rain tubes, and a thunder sheet.
The Zula Patrol: Mission Weather was designed and developed by Zula USA LLC in partnership with THINKWELL DESIGN in Burbank, CA. It is toured by NRG! Exhibits of Kirkland, Washington.
WOW! Children’s Museum will be closed on Monday, January 25th and Tuesday, January 26th for Zula Patrol: Mission Weather exhibit installation.
About The Zula Patrol:
Airing internationally on television, The Zula Patrol features a group of animated characters who travel to distant galaxies to learn about new and exciting aspects of science, astronomy and space exploration. Kids will learn interesting and critical facts about topics such as geology, biology, and the Solar System in which they live. With a secondary goal of encouraging core values of non-violence and tolerance, The Zula Patrol encourages whole family participation. For more information visit: www.zula.com
About WOW! Children’s Museum:
Founded in 1996, WOW! Children's Museum (World of Wonder) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing educational interactive exhibits, activities, and programs for all children – bringing families together in a creative environment that sparks imagination, inspires learning through play, and supports school readiness. For more information visit: www.wowchildrensmuseum.org
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