Just the thought of natural science might bring you back to the classroom, where you did all sorts of fun experiments and, naturally, the related homework questions, all to get one massively difficult test about the subject. Doesn’t sound like a lot of fun, does it? That being said, science is one of the most interesting fields, where new discoveries are made every day. And there are still a lot of discoveries to be made. By you or your kids, perhaps? Maybe going to Amsterdam’s (fully kid-proof) science museum, Nemo, isn’t such a bad idea after all.
Nemo’s current exhibition is all about life in the universe: from meteorites to making life itself, Nemo’s got you covered. And the best thing is, it’s all in appropriate language for kids (from about 8 years to 14 years), so they can explore the universe for themselves. What’s more is that most adults have a great time in Nemo as well.
The exhibitions may seem magical, but they are all scientific. There are quite a few things to look at, for example, their historic collection called Science through the ages, where you learn all about what sciences where hot and happening in the middle ages. You might also want to check out their Sensational Science exhibition, where kids can perform all sorts of experiments revolving around the topic of ‘’tangible’’ science, such as light and dark, sound and electricity. There are many, many more and the topics are constantly changing, so make sure to check out their website. For the young scientists there is even a laboratory, where you can perform all sorts of experiments, such as making a marshmallow grow huge with the help of vacuum, only to see it shrink again when the vacuum is no longer working.
Nemo is a great place to go with kids, because, whether they are interested in science or not, there is something for everybody here, whether it is static electricity you like or marshmallow growth. Bring your little scientists along and enjoy a day full scientific surprises. Science is the future!
Eline van der Peet