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Splash Factory! designed to keep the kids cool

June 22, 2014

Daily Times-Call, Longmont, Colo.

June 22--Have fun, get wet and learn are the objectives of the newest exhibit at the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center, called Splash Factory!

""This was actually designed and built by the Children's Museum of Denver," said Jared Thompson, the Longmont Museum's curator of exhibits. "We bought it from them."

The exhibit is meant to get young children interested in the properties of water. Displays include the "geyser," in which children pump a handle up to the maximum reading on a meter and then shoot water up to 30 feet in the air. There's also a whirlpool, where kids can watch balls get sucked into a vortex, and the "laminar jet," which pushes balls through a tube and suspends them in the air.

"(They)learn through play," Thompson said. "And it's a good thing for the hot Colorado summer."

Splash Factory! will be at the museum all summer long. A combination ticket ($5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors 62 and up) also gets you into the Planes, Trains & Automobiles exhibit, which Thompson also put together.

"Everything in it is a scale model," he said of the Planes, Trains exhibit. "So there's not any fantasy cars. Everything exists."

Thompson spent the latter part of last week putting the Splash Factory! exhibit together and then training the volunteers on how to help the kids play with it.

"It's really engineered pretty well," he said. "Those guys are all really smart guys. They're all industrial designers."

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