I have been to quite a few of the traveling exhibits at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and this one is one of my favorites! The Science of Rock N’ Roll is the latest hands on exhibit on display at the USSRC through September 4th, 2017.
The exhibit focuses on the science of rock and roll and how technology changed the music industry. I am a home school mom and loved that there were some serious concepts such as engineering and mathematics that were covered in addition to the creation and performance of music. I am always looking for ways to relate what they are learning at home, and applying it in a practical way. This exhibit was a perfect way to do that while using a topic my kids all really enjoy!
The Science of Rock N’ Roll has a ton of different hands on displays with interactive screens, guitars you can actually play, drum sets, educational video screens, a stage with a microphone and a HUGE TV screen with classic performances playing from some of the greats! All of the displays that would normally make noise have headphones and the drums and guitars are electric so the kids were able to “make noise” without creating a loud and noisy environment for everyone else. Classic rock was playing in the background, but wasn’t at all “too loud” for my 3 year old who doesn’t do well in loud environments.
Everything was touchable and hands on which makes everything so much more fun, and way easier to manage when you have a bunch of kids in tow. My 9-year-old was totally in to reading all of the signs, following the posted instructions, and asked a ton of questions in the car on the way home. My 7-year-old just loved the music and really enjoyed the performance stage. My 5-year-old LOVED playing on the guitars and the drums – almost enough that I am considering getting him some lessons, and my 3-year-old had a blast because she could actually touch everything. My 1 month old even got to listen to the sweet tunes in the baby carrier.
There aren’t too many things I can take my kids to where they are all equally engaged and entertained so I was really excited to have all four of my kids have such great time!
As usual, the USSRC is very stroller friendly but they do not have a bathroom in the general area where this display is, so have your kids go on the way in. Someone in my crew had to go in the middle and the rest of the kids were really “reluctant” to break away for a potty stop.
Make sure to go soon because the exhibit changes September 4th!
Science of Rock N’ Roll Educator Guides
Science of Rock N’ Roll Exhibit Details At-a-Glance
Jenni McCarty is a wife, mom of four, l'il bit granola, jean-wearer, iced coffee drinker, home schooler, more than just a little obsessed with photography, frustrated organizer (see “mom of four”) yet ironically logical, Pinterest addict and Facebook follower, sufferer of ADCD (attention deficit crafters disorder), displaced Alaskan. She opened Jenni M Photography in 2012 and she really enjoys blogging about her personal family adventures whenever she has a chance.