We woke up with a flurry and the sight of it hasted my kiddos. After breakfast, they were downstairs enjoying the snowfall. I yearned in silence for a great day ahead.
The kiddos saw last night a poster at the train station about Seoul Grand Park, so we all agreed to spend our last tour there. The park has a zoo, an art museum and an amusement park. The zoo was said to be the world’s 10th largest with over 3,000 animals and a botanical garden having more than 36,000 plants. Since last night, they imagined an up close encounter with dolphins, giraffes, gorillas, hippos, camels, bears and more…
At the Grand Park’s station exit, a big notice announcing its closure greeted us. The excited faces turned gray with query eyes, what we’ll gonna do now? For safety and health reasons, the park was closed to prevent spread of animal-flu related disease to humans. Thanks to our host for responding quickly, don’t worry, there’s a science museum across the park.
Their eyes flickered at once… Alas! A relief I cannot fathom.
I was raised with Science books overflowing which I did the same to my kids. Their exposure to Science was like a childhood game, part of their daily life.
Again, we were ignorant of what’s ahead… All we knew was our interest in Science.
We entered Gwacheon National Science Museum, it was huge and somehow our first to visit a science museum of that size. Kids were all over the area, maybe because the Grand Park was closed.
My kiddos first entered Advance Science and Technology Hall.
First stop was at the Robot Experience Room.
Then, a section that displays all about the microscope and the human body – the life cycle of cell, DNA, and so on.
They also have a molecular farming laboratory.
Then the kiddos tried the “Find the Cancer Cell” activity. Among them, it was my second who stayed and showed utmost curiosity. Let’s see what the future holds for you my dearest!
The next section is about cloned animals, application of cloning technology and about mutant or mutation. Huh! These were all modern but the kids were getting it…
Then my favorite: about Earth and the use of renewable and alternative energies.
One can simulate the use of energy from the sun, the wind, and other sources.
They also have a prototype of an energy harvesting technology.
They even have a small room to watch a short video clip about climate change and posters about environment and nature conservation and preservation were all over the room.
Opposite the Advance Science and Technology Hall is the Basic Science Hall with an interactive exhibit about tesla coils, plasma world, pascal triangle and so on. Unfortunately, I failed to take pictures and my kids were less interested. Maybe because they’d been to the advanced section; should I’d known ahead, we should have started at this area.
Travel Date: February 2014