Sunday, February 5, 2017

Hong Kong with Children - Hong Kong Science Museum

The children have been exposed to science activities since they were 4-5 years old (read about our home-learning science activities). Now they have developed more interest in science, and they enjoy watching videos on science experiment, and conduct simple science activities with materials that we have at home. So when we were planning our itinerary to Hong Kong in December 2016, we decided to visit Hong Kong Science Museum!

We actually spent a few hours at Hong Kong Science Museum, because there were so many hands-on activities! Let us share with you some of the exhibition areas that the children love!

Children Gallery (Ground floor)
Currently, Children Gallery is located in a small area at the Ground floor. A new one will be opened at 3rd floor in year 2017. Our children were amazed that the ball dancing in mid-air! They were also fascinated by the "Cloud Ring" exhibit, which they pressed down a panel to produce rings of cloud.

Lift Sciences (Ground floor)
We were greeted by Lufengosaurus magnus!

What is your reaction time? We challenged one another, and unfortunately, I lost to my children!

Light & World of Mirrors (Ground floor)
It was fun to take photos in front of different types of mirrors! The children also built their very own periscope after they learnt about reflection of light.

E&M Gallery (1st floor)
The children learnt about the concepts of electricity and magnetism through reading the instructions and perform simple experiment, and then by observation. It was an engaging way for children to learn, rather than just reading the facts from a poster.

Mathematics (1st floor)
We challenged ourselves with many brain teasers! Some of them were so challenging that I had to take a peek at the solution to solve the problem!

Food Science (2nd floor)
Let's choose a balanced diet! There was a cycling machine to show us how long we had to cycle after eating a certain type of food!

Transportation (2nd floor)
How to get to Hong Kong Science Museum by car? Our children drove a racing car, but could not accelerate often because of the heavy traffic jam! The video of the simulator looked like it was produced long long time ago, however, our children still love this exhibit most!

Energy Machine (from Ground floor to 2nd floor)
Have you heard of Rube Goldberg machine? It is basically a chain reaction of machines to perform a task. We made a simple Rube Goldberb machine at home some time ago! But this one at Hong Kong Science Museum is gigantic - it is 22-metre tall! We were totally amazed by the complexity of this energy machine. We also had to go from 2nd floor all the way down to the Ground floor by escalator to follow the movement of the balls!

T-rex Revealed - the Augmented + Virtual Reality Experience (2 December 2016 - 1 March 2017)
During our visit in December 2016, there was a special exhibition on T-rex. This was an entirely virtual experience using augmented reality technology. Tablets were provided for the visual impact and earphones for the audio.

The children had a great work-out in Jurassic period - they were chasing after the dinosaurs, not the other way round!

Our Thoughts about Hong Kong Science Museum
For many visitors to Hong Kong, they may not have considered visiting Hong Kong Science Museum. However, we feel that it is a gem for us, because our focus on family travel is experiential learning. It is truly a great learning experience for the children and adults!

Hong Kong Science Museum
Address: 2 Science Museum Road, Tsimshatsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How to get there:
  • Tsim Sha Tsui Station (B2 Exit), walk about 18 minutes along Cameron Road towards the direction of Tsim Sha Tsui East, or
  • Hung Hom MTR Station, walk about 15 minutes along the footbridge towards the direction of Tsim Sha Tsui East.

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