Block Party is a hands-on, STEM-inspired traveling exhibit designed to introduce young children to engineering, math, and creative concepts through play. Block Party will be on display at Boone County Public Library’s Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike in Burlington, from August 12 through October 17.
“We created an exhibit around blocks and different building materials because they’re incredible toys that build 21st century skills in a fun way,” said Lindy Hoyer, Executive Director of Omaha Children’s Museum. “Playing with blocks helps children develop a number of skills, including mathematical, problem solving, and spatial reasoning skills. It’s a form of play that inspires adults to join in the fun, creating a wonderful bonding experience for the child.”
Block Party features 13 activity stations, some with specific building challenges, and others with free play opportunities. Prompts throughout the exhibit will help adults encourage critical thinking by providing sample open-ended questions or activity ideas.
The exhibit features a LEGO® wall, LEGO soft play bricks, builder boards, and an activity station where children can construct a building and evaluate its durability on a quake table. In addition, children will enjoy the over-sized building blocks made of foam, cardboard, and plywood for large construction.
The exhibit also includes 8 build tables with 8 unique block styles:
- IO Blocks
- Twig Blocks
- Wood Blocks
- Squigz Suction Construction Toys
- LEGO Bricks
- Magna Tiles
- Dado Cubes
The exhibit will be located on the second floor of the Main Library and will be available for creative play during the library’s open hours, beginning August 12 through October 17.
Main Library Hours
Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
This exhibit was produced by Omaha Children’s Museum. Omaha Children’s Museum is a special place where children can challenge themselves, discover how the world works and learn through play. The mission of Omaha Children’s Museum is to engage the imagination and create excitement about learning.