Take cover as gale force winds blow in Wild Weather. From heat waves and hurricanes to tornados and blizzards, this new immersive exhibit opening March 14, 2020, will engage children and families while providing information about the science behind severe weather and important precautions every family can take.
“Severe weather can be challenging especially to young children who hear and see adult concern but have little understanding of dangerous weather activity. We believe it is important to help young visitors better understand weather phenomena in a fun, age-appropriate way,” said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO, The Children’s Museum. “We also hope it prompts grownups to talk calmly with children about home safety plans and weather safety tips in the interactive exhibit and continue the conversation once they’re at home.”
In Wild Weather, visitors of all ages can discover the paths of major tornadoes, then step into a tornado simulator (with easy access in and out), ‘fly’ on a hurricane research plane, map lightning strikes, and explore extreme winter conditions. These experiences are designed to provide a better understanding of severe weather, its connection to climate change and emerging technologies and forecasting techniques. Children and families will also hear the stories of scientists and others who are working to better understand and mitigate severe weather impacts.
Several of Indiana’s own unique weather events including the Blizzard of ’78, the Palm Sunday tornadoes in 1968 and a severe flooding event in 1915 may bring back memories and prompt family discussions.
Movie buffs will enjoy seeing memorabilia from one of the most iconic weather events in movie history — the tornado that “sent” Dorothy and Toto to the Land of Oz. In addition to a brick from the yellow brick road and replica ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz, famous snowmen from well-known movies and TV shows will give youngsters the shivers including Sam the Snowman from TV’s 1964 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman from the animated 1969 television show, Chilly from the current TV show Doc McStuffins and Olaf from the Academy Award winning movie Frozen and Frozen 2.
Wild Weather is developed and produced by Science North in partnership with the Ontario Science Centre. Wild Weather is presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers and supported by Koorsen Fire & Security and Priority Group.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is proud to partner with Riley Children’s at Indiana University Health, Old National Bank and Ice Miller LLP.