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Take just one step inside our front doors, and you can’t miss EDDIE. Our 10-year-old boy is the world’s largest child at a towering 40 feet tall and hefty 17.5 tons.

Climb EDDIE’s vertebrae to visit his working brain, heart, stomach and intestines. In the barrier-free exhibit, kids (and grown-ups) can climb, slide and explore their way to understanding how bodies work.

Meet this larger–than-life boy in the atrium, across from the main entrance.

 

 

What are we learning?

  • Anatomy
  • Motor Skill Development
  • Spartial Awareness
  • Anatomy
  • Motor Skill Development
  • Spartial Awareness
  • Anatomy
  • Motor Skill Development
  • Spartial Awareness
  • For early learners, use EDDIE to teach colors, shapes and textures and the concepts of under, over and through.
  • Crawl/walk through major areas inside the body talk about the major parts of each – the heart, the brain, the stomach.
  • While playing in the stomach, as your child to identify the foods present. Talk about where food goes when we eat it or why eating good foods is important.
  • Have your child identify eyes, ears, nose, etc. on their body and them point them out on EDDIE. Ask what’s different or similar.
  • Enter each area of EDDIE and ask your child what they know about things like the nervous system, the circulatory system, etc.
  • Trace the pathway of blood in the circulatory system and around the heart. Discuss why some of the blood is colored blue and some is colored red.
  • While playing in the stomach, ask your child to imagine EDDIE eating ice cream or drinking milk while you are inside. What would that be like. What would happen in the stomach?
  • Build motor skills and repetitive pattern awareness with a climb through Eddie’s spinal column and vertebrae.
  • Enter each area of EDDIE and ask your child what they know about things like the nervous system, the circulatory system, etc.
  • While exploring EDDIE, ask you to identify/discuss the eight systems of the human body: circulatory, immune, skeletal, muscular, endocrine, digestive, nervous and respiratory.
  • Start a conversation with your child about how and why the body systems work together. What would happen if one of the systems stopped working properly?
  • Have your child talk about ways to maintain a healthy, brain, heart, stomach, etc.
  • Encourage your childe to engage in tumbling, running and jumping games to build muscle, coordination, and increase circulation.
  • Help your child learn about their teeth. Talk about how baby teeth get replaced by adult teeth as they get older.
  • Talk about the trip through EDDIE. Have your child sit on the floor like EDDIE and pretend that tiny people are walking from their toes all the way up to the top of their head. Ask them to describe what the tiny people might be seeing.
  • Encourage your childe to engage in tumbling, running and jumping games to build muscle, coordination, and increase circulation.
  • Try to apply learned techniques of crawling through Eddie’s body to learning to use your local playground, park, or backyard playground equipment to further motor skills.
  • Compare heart rate and respiration after a casual walk and after a run. Talk about how the respiratory and cardiovascular systems work together.
  • Encourage your child to engage in tumbling, running and jumping games to build muscle, coordination, and increase circulation.
  • Have your child sit in a chair and close their eyes. Test their recall of their journey through EDDIE and have them describe each body system the visited. Talk about major functions of each.
  • Compare heart rate and respiration after a casual walk and after a run. Talk about how the respiratory and cardiovascular systems work together.
  • Toes, Ears and Nose
    By Marion Bauer
  • The Skeleton Inside You
    By Philip Balestrino
  • Hear Your Heart
    By Paul Showers
  • Human Body: A Visual Encyclopedia
    DK. Publishing
  • The Circulatory Story
    By Mary Corcoran
Hours Monday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission
Members Free
Children and Adults $11.50
Seniors (age 62+) $10.50
Military (with ID) $10.50
Educator (with ID) $10.50
Groups (15+ w/RSVP) $8.50
Children under two Free