Kids, like Ponce de León, need constant supervision while exploring, or they’ll simply vanish into a jungle in search of eternal youth. Accompany kids on their soul-searching journeys across playscapes of truth with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get admission for two to Imagine Nation in Bristol (up to a $14 value).
Whippersnappers ages 2–10 and their parents clamber through the interactive and enlightening exhibits of Imagine Nation's three-floored children’s museum. Children scurry through the nature-themed tunnels of the museum’s playscape, scuttling up walls and hurtling down slides. In the museum’s Harmonograph exhibit, a swinging pendulum's vibrations create spiral-art masterpieces that miniature artists may take home to plaster on refrigerators or auction off as contemporary art. In collaboration with Bristol Hospital professionals, the museum displays a health exhibit in which children don hospital attire and explore a model newborn nursery and a 6-foot operation table. In the ESPN space exhibit, surround sound, shaking walls, and six large high-definition monitors allow kids to experience an STS-124 space-shuttle launch without the drawbacks of freeze-dried space potatoes.
Children younger than 1 are regularly admitted for free.
With three floors of interactive exhibits, Imagine Nation keeps tykes aged 2–8 and their parents engaged for hours of synapse-firing fun. Kids can create their first masterpiece in the art studio, or visit the ESPN center, where they can pretend to be sportscasters as they sit behind the desk of a model TV set, replete with real equipment from the Worldwide Leader in Sports.
The museum also boasts a health exhibit in which children can don hospital attire and explore a model newborn nursery and an operation table, ideal for parents trying to nudge their child toward a career as a hypochondriac. After whippersnapper's minds have been blown learning about the cosmos at the space exhibit, they can unwind with drinks and snacks at the old-fashioned soda fountain, which winds the clock back to the 1940s with the help of a player piano.
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