Blue Man Group – Making Waves
Minnesota Children’s Museum
On exhibit through January 12, 2014
Will your kids enjoy the new Blue Man Group exhibit at the Minnesota Children’s Museum? The short answer is, as usual, it depends. It depends on how old your children are. It depends on the kind of play they like to engage in. And it definitely depends on how familiar with the museum your kids are – and if they’ve got that favorite room or exhibit they’re just itching to get to. I took my two youngest daughters (ages 4 and almost 2) to the exhibit today to get their take on it.
The tunnel of blinking lights the girls crawled through to enter the exhibit promised great things to come. Our reality, however, was that the science of sound waves – Blue Man Group – Making Waves is the full name of the exhibit – probably presents better for elementary-aged kids. My third-grader, for instance, would have gotten much more out of tinkering with PVC tubes to create the perfect pitch than his toddler sister. My preschooler banged away on a piano of pipes Blue Man-style but didn’t have the attention span her older sister would have had to play “Ode to Joy” (the musical score and pipes are color coded).
We explored sound using our ears, naturally, but also our eyes (tracking squiggly sound waves) and sense of touch to feel sound vibrations. Of course, most of the science-y signage was lost on the girls. Occasionally it was more than I wanted to delve into after a poor night’s sleep and not enough coffee. I wasn’t alone – a random dad and I both stood like dolts at the interactive “Belly Drum Song” station, unable to figure out how to turn our bodies into a musical instrument. It was about this point my 4-year-old started listing off all the rooms at the museum she’d rather be in (just about any of them, really).
So my recommendation to you, parents of the preschool-and-under set, is that Blue Man contains some eye candy, but is best suited for slightly older kids. There aren’t any opportunities to dress up, climb on, or act out – and certainly not a speck of that bright blue face paint anywhere! For older kids, there are some cool sound concepts to explore. And for parents like me, who find the real-deal Blue Man Group neither in their neighborhood or price range, the videos are a fun sneak peek.
Minnesota Children’s Museum
10 West Seventh Street, St. Paul, MN 55102
Hours of operation:
Tuesday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sundays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed Mondays during the school year w/ the exception of school breaks.
All ages – $9.50 (under one year free)
Members – free! Also, when purchasing a membership before October 13, 2013, you can receive a free three-month trial Grandparent Membership. Admission is waived for all ages on Target Free Third Sundays.