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TINKERTOY®: Build Your Imagination™ Exhibit at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Through September 8th

Have you been to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History with your kids lately? Anytime's a great time to bring your kids to this great local museum with interactive and fascinating exhibits, both in its 10 iindoor galleries and its sprawling outdoor "Backyard" area. But through September 8, 2013, there's yet another reason to stop by...the TINKERTOY®: Build Your Imagination™ exhibit!

This exhibit features the timeless TINKERTOY construction set in fun and educational activities. Unique activity stations invite you to explore renewable energy and clean water technology, create your own inventions as you experiment with design & engineering, and work as collaborators in the exhibit’s hands-on environment. Construct and test a wind-powered TINKERTOY model, experiment with filtration, collaborate on a design using linked computers, create a TINKERTOY structure using nature as inspiration and much more!

I stopped by today, Saturday, July 6th, with my boys to get them away from the iPad and iTouch for a bit.  My expectations for engagement with the exhibit were low. We don't own a TINKERTOY set, though the kids are LEGO enthusiasts, so I envisioned them finding the exhibit "boring."

Thankfully, I was wrong! We all enjoyed messing around and experimenting. Then afterwards we enjoyed the Museum's Mineral and Gem Gallery, Planetarium, outdoor areas and more. Go check it out! Learn more at

There's a "Create" area where you can build your own TINKERTOY structures. My kids could not get me out of there as I attempted to build the world's tallest freestanding TINKERTOY building (and failed).

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