If you haven't had a chance to visit the Bishop Museum's circus exhibit with your kids yet, you have about a month to do so. The exhibit, called "Circus! Science Under the Big Top", opened in February and is available to visitors until May 2nd.
The temporary exhibit offers parents and children the opportunity to learn about the science behind various circus acts through hands on activities. There are twenty activity stations, which include foam dumbbell lifting (and a great lesson on leverage), balancing on a tightrope, and fitting into a box like a human contortionist. There is also an extensive dress up room where kids can wear costumes and pretend to be a circus conductor or one of the many animals found in the circus.
In addition to the circus exhibit, children can visit the permanent exhibits - one particularly popular one with kids is the Science Adventure Center where kids can learn about Hawaii's natural environment through hands-on activities. A highlight of this center is a large volcano which "erupts" every few minutes, and also includes a dark tunnel with neon wall decorations to walk through, and a slide through the side of the volcano. There is also a show offered a two times a day which demonstrates how lava is made.
Bishop Museum is open every day except Tuesdays from 9:00am - 5:00pm. General admission is $17.95 for adults and children 4-12 is $14.95 (kama'aina and military rates are available if you show identification).
For more information: Call 808-848-4187. Also, please view my slideshow below on the Bishop Museum.