Science Fun at Imagination Station

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics! Sounds intimidating, but at Imagination Station, in Lafayette, Indiana, it is a fun science center perfect for kids ages 10 months to 10 years.  Grab the kids for a morning or afternoon of learning enjoyment!

I have a 10-month old and a 5 -year-old. We are always looking for activities they would both enjoy and my mom who helps watch both of them a few days a week shared how she took them to Imagination Station and they loved it. So I added it to our family fun list of area attractions to take the kids on my day off.

We recently went and my mom was spot on, both kids loved it! When we walked in my daughter, Charlize, ran to see the new exhibit called the Minds Eye. It was behind curtains at the time being installed, and the Director, Philip, shared it is a custom built piece from the Fort Wayne Science Museum that is all about perception and optix. Then from there, she explored exhibits about our world’s watersheds, civil engineering, planets, weather, dinosaurs, building structures and animal care. She would zoom from one exhibit to another and push buttons, play and learn. On the second level, amphibians such as snakes and reptiles make Imagination Station their home. An employee was sweet and brought out a yellow and orange reptile for my daughter and another little girl to touch and ask questions about. Surprisingly both girls were not scared at all and gently touched it.  One might think, how is a 10-month  old entertained at a science museum? First, when we arrived all the bright colors kept him in amazement. Second, Imagination Station has Duplo Legos along with a whole area set up with baby toys that get the babies using their hands pushing gadgets, making sounds, and moving small pieces. Channing was in baby heaven!

Imagination Station also has a fabulous space for events. Birthday parties, clubs events, meetings, etc.; this science museum has a room designated for such events. The room includes seating for up to 50 and has a fully equipped kitchen, including a microwave, brand new oven and stove, refrigerator, freezer and serving utensils. Guests are welcome to bring their own food in.

Whether you are visiting or live in Lafayette-West Lafayette, make sure you add Imagination Station to your list of places to visit. For more information about this attraction and others in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Brandy Clark Band & Love is Sweet Event

Brandy Clark Band

Brandy Clark Band

Lafayette-West Lafayette Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

This Friday, February 16, Carnahan Hall Presents: Brandy Clark band plus the Fergus Daly Band. Brandy Clark began her musical career as a songwriter in Nashville and her songs were covered by a number of country artists with great success. For example, the Band Perry had a #1 hit with “Better Dig Two”. Then in 2013 she released her own album of her songs “12 Stories” which earned a place in many best album of the year, including American Songwriter, Entertainment Weekly, Billboard and NPR. NPR music critic Ann Powers named the album her favorite of 2013. Powers noted that others share her sentiments, writing, “the top honor on many critics’ lists is going to Clark, a storyteller of the highest caliber.” 

Screen Shot 2018-02-13 at 7.14.15 AMKeep celebrating Valentine’s Day this weekend at Imagination Station. To celebrate the holiday, kids will explore the science behind their favorite candies at the “Love is Sweet” event. The Alpha Chi Sigma chemistry fraternity of Purdue University has teamed up with Imagination Station to answer questions such as, “why are gummies so springy, and what happens to chocolate when it melts in your mouth?”. Families are invited to explore through the hands-on activities. This sweet event will be on Saturday, February 17th from 10 -3pm.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Purdue Boilermaker Half Marathon & Greater Lafayette Mini Maker Faire

PurdueMarathonDSchmidt2014Lafayette-West Lafayette Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

The 6th Annual Purdue Boilermaker Half-Marathon and 5K will take place this Saturday, October 14. Each year this event has drawn more than 2,200 participants! The races will start at the home of Purdue Boilermaker football, Ross-Ade stadium, and meander through the Purdue campus and the cities of West Lafayette and Lafayette. The course will highlight many of the more popular sites among these two cities in addition to the Purdue campus. This will be a great opportunity for Purdue alumni, students and Purdue sports fans to participate in a half marathon and 5k race on the Purdue campus!

home3After a morning of running or walking, head to Carnahan Hall for the first ever Greater Lafayette Mini Maker Faire. Hosted by Imagination Station in partnership with Make Media, it will be an afternoon of fun. What is a Maker Faire, you may ask? A Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue to for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects. They call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth — a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Glimpse the future and get inspired!

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Give Your Child the Gift of Hands on Learning at Imagination Station!

123Science and technology are brought together in our very own community. Imagination Station is a one hundred percent volunteer-run science center. Located downtown Lafayette at 660 North Fourth Street, this hands on center is a great learning experience for all ages. The goal is to strengthen the scientific literacy of children and families in the areas of science, technology and engineering.

1234I recently visited the center with my five-year-old little buddy. I could have just left him there all day if I wanted to! He absolutely loved every aspect of the center. We began by paying the low cost admission rate. If planning to visit more regularly, one can purchase a membership that also grants your family into over 300 participating ASTC Passport Program museums, zoos and science centers worldwide. Some of the participating centers include the Field Museum in Chicago, the Adler Planetarium in Chicago and the National Museum of Mathematics in New York City.

111Next, we went straight up the stairs to the top floor. Along the handrail of the staircase was a neat demonstration of how sound can change. There were different lengths of pipe bolted to the staircase with shoes on top. As you walk up the stairs you can smack the shoes against the top of the pipes and hear the different sounds they make. Once upstairs, we were welcomed into a very large open space with many different activities scattered about the room. We spent over an hour just wandering to each station and discovering what it all had to offer. From simple toys, to games, the upstairs is designed towards the younger crowd. Questions and thinking points are posted near every station to get you thinking about what you are essentially “playing” with.

12345After much time spent upstairs, we headed down to the area that is geared more towards the older kids. The stations downstairs were way over my head! However, they all included explanations that helped explain what to do. A very neat old fire truck is also located downstairs that was very fun to dress up in the helmets and climb on! The coolest thing downstairs was probably the airplane simulation. It is a good thing I did not attempt to ever become a pilot!

Imagination Station is a great place for children and families to spend time exploring and learning together. It is also an inexpensive way to get out of the house on an extremely hot, cold or rainy day. There are always other children to interact with there as well.

Due to the center being volunteer run, the hours are limited, but have recently been expanded. Check their website at http://www.imagination-station.org/ for hours and for more information. Give your child the gift of hands on learning at the Imagination Station!

Rachel, Purdue University Student and Visit Intern, shares this blog.