While summertime might mean lazy days at the pool or lounging on the couch with a great read, another fun option is to head over to Discovery Cube Los Angeles for a little science- and eco-friendly fun.
We made a special trip to check out the science museum’s Inspector Training Course, an exhibit that features a replica house and a hands-on game that has kids and grown-ups alike learning how to conserve energy and resources at home.
Will and CC loved being in charge of their own touch pads — aka inspector belts — that they picked up just outside the house. The trivia-based scavenger-hunt game is super kid-friendly and even offers different options, depending on the age of the child. (Will was in the under-5 category.)
Once the kids got their pads and selected their age group and games, they were off and running. First, Will had to find the rain barrel that collects rain water to be used for watering plants or grass. That way, we don’t waste water (especially in a drought!).
The game has kids exploring different spaces in the house, sending them searching for items in places like the kitchen, garage, bathroom and back yard. After that, they answer trivia questions about everything from low-pressure shower heads and low-flow toilets to how much energy different light bulbs use. It’s really a cool game and makes everyone reconsider just how much energy they use.
The realism and hands-on aspect of the game makes it extra-fun for kids while also giving them a real-world example of how things like shower heads work. (Part of me also kind of wanted to live in this house, mainly because there was no clutter!)
While I spent most of my time walking around with Will and reading out the questions for him (he is only 3 after all), CC was able to be independent and search out her own clues. And they were both thrilled to become Super Inspectors after the game. I love that Discovery Cube celebrates kids’ successes by placing their digital pictures on the wall. Great thinking!
We were also able to connect what we learned at the Inspector Training Course with what we’re doing at home to be eco-friendly:
* We have a recycling bin right next to the trash can, and the kids have learned what’s trash and what can be re-used.
* We donate clothes and books every month, so that other kids can re-use what CC and Will have outgrown.
* We have an adorable air plant that CC has named Prince. He requires literally a spray of water per week.
* We turn off the water while we’re brushing our teeth.
* And we buy energy-efficient light bulbs, have low-flow toilets and low-pressure shower heads.
What a great experience for the family!