"I found my way out!" said Ankith, who lives in
Following in the wake of the center's record-breaking Titanic exhibition, "Mazes" is notable in this regard: "It's quite possibly the most interactive exhibit we have ever hosted," says CEO
And that makes it a better fit for the
Last summer's "Savage Ancient Seas" exhibition of marine fossils complemented the center's newly expanded aquarium, but fossils are fossils because they have a history of, well, just lying there.
The attractions in "Mazes" are "not just something to stare at. They're something to interact with," said
That was part of the appeal for
"They're interested, and they're asking tons of questions," said Field. "And it's one of the few things that's age-appropriate" for pre-schoolers.
Adults will find the exhibit's history of mazes interesting, if abbreviated.
Medieval Christians laid labyrinthine patterns in the stone floors of Gothic cathedrals. Hedge mazes, like the one that still confounds visitors to
But this traveling show is really for the wee ones. Finger mazes invite tiny hands to trace their way to the finish line, and child-sized tables come bedecked with beguiling 3-D puzzles.
Kids will love climbing all over each other in a web maze of colorful, crisscrossing ropes, and rectangular foam blocks in the Make-a-Maze section beckon kids to create (and destroy).
"You get to build anything you want, and after that you get to jump on it," said 9-year-old
Intrepid Ankith Surredi, by the way, wants everyone to know he's available to lead other lost kids out of the "Maze of Illusions," which is outfitted with several engaging lessons on light and sight, perception and perspective.
And if he's not at the museum when they visit? He shrugs. "They can ask somebody else."
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