Tot Day at Science Factory: 'An alternative way to learn'

EUGENE, Ore. - The first Friday of every month, the Science Factory holds Tot Day, an event specially prepared for children ages 5 and under.

Dozens of parents bring their smiling and energetic children, anxious to play around in the museum.

March's Tot Day had the theme of Amazing Animals.

The museum invited Nearby Nature to come and introduce toddlers to several kinds of reptiles and amphibians including a snake, iguana, and some frogs.

Children made their own animal puppet shows and painted watercolors of frogs.

A presentation was also held in the planetarium to teach the toddlers a little biology.

Franny the Frog came out in full costume to explain how metamorphosis works.

Children also had full to access to the "Noise!" exhibit alongside the animal activities.

This ongoing special exhibit features games and activities focused on teaching kids lessons in stereo-physics.

These included:

  • The Scream Chamber, a sound proof cubicle where kids can yell and scream as loud as they possibly can and have their decibel levels measured by a meter outside the door
  • The Wrench Ball, a large rubber ball with various wrenches attached. Kids can strike each wrench with a baton to hear them resonate with various fun tones similar to a xylophone
  • Good Vibrations, a station where children can change amplitudes and frequencies to watch vibrations make little beads dance across a platform.

Emily Shelton, head of marketing and communication for the Science Factory, celebrated a fantastic turnout and loves that the factory can provide something special for them.

"These kids are finding an alternative way to learn outside of the classroom," she said. "It's a low pressure setting and they can have a lot of fun with it."

Everyone had a smile on their face as curious tots tried to pet a snake, play the PVC pipe organ, and experience the fun of science.

April's Tot Day will take place on Friday the 5th and is being called "Balloon Bonanza." Featured activities will be "a smell test, a balloon platoon and making your own juggling balls."

The Science Factory is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission costs $10 per parent/child pair and $2 more per additional child.