Getting kids to eat their vegetables would be easier if it didn't involve exposing sensitive tongues to unfamiliar tastes and patiently explaining the biochemical structure of every vitamin. Immerse your wee ones in good health and good times with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a one-year Best Buddy membership for up to six family members at HealthWorks! Kids' Museum downtown (a $50 value). All children must be accompanied by an adult, and all adults must be accompanied by a child during general-admission visits.
HealthWorks! Kids' Museum incites healthy habits with an exciting kaleidoscope of interactive exhibits designed to nurture good choices for young lives. Bright colors and kid-friendly surfaces surround such attractions as a colossal game of Operation and a climbing wall that lets anatomically inspired children imagine they're scaling the arm of a giant. Humongous eyeballs stare across oversize sets of molars in an open layout that keeps tomorrow's brain surgeons and today's teddy-bear surgeons bouncing from one information-packed display to the next.
The museum's events calendar is stocked with a variety of extra fun, such as the weekly Hip Hoppers’ Play Date for preschoolers and accompanying adults. The Best Buddy membership grants general admission to the museum for a year as well as admission to certain special events, but camps and other special museum programs may require additional registration fees.
HealthWorks! Kids' Museum
Kids can’t be expected to care about their health when video games, cartoons, and unhealthy snacks are vying for their attention. Memorial Hospital of South Bend devised a plan to get kids excited about health: HealthWorks! Kids’ Museum. Born of the founders’ desire to foster a healthier current and future community, the museum appeals to youngsters through educational forms of entertainment. Its exhibits incorporate amplified versions of many of kids’ favorite pastimes, including a life-sized rendition of Operation and numerous computer games. A skin-climbing wall and tree house with a slide encourage kids to learn through movement, which is exactly how adults learn how to escape charging bulls. Youngsters can explore the space with their families or partake in programs such as children's camps.