Inside the museum, children can learn about healthy choices through role play. Pick veggies in a farmers’ market, get a checkup in a pretend dentist’s office or imagine what it’s like to be a physician in a doctor’s office. “Interactive Dude,” which was designed in partnership with Unlimited Play, lets visitors explore the inner workings of the human body. Learn how the brain controls thoughts, actions and emotions through a colorful, interactive touch screen. Test your memory and response time in a light-up reaction game, try your balance on a skeleton balance beam, and take a bumpy trip down a leg slide.
The 12,000-square-foot museum also features two immersive theaters where children can study physiology and proper oral care through games and presentations. Delta Dental Health Theatre’s fine feathered animatronic host, Youcan Toucan, will soon roost at the new museum as well.
After guests have worked up an appetite through an afternoon of play, they can harvest real veggies from the Pizza Garden, which is being installed by a local Eagle Scout, and create their own healthy snack inside the HealthWorks! Kitchen. Organizers hope to add a smoothie garden as well.
HealthWorks! is located near the Saint Louis Science Center at 1100 Macklind Ave., St. Louis, MO, 63110, so schools with limited transportation budgets can easily tour both museums in the same field trip. HealthWorks! also hosts special events, birthday parties and Girl Scout groups.
Admission to HealthWorks! is $7 for ages 3 and up and free for children 2 and under (additional fees may apply for the HealthWorks! Kitchen program). Group discounts are available. HealthWorks! will be open Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Sunday noon-4 p.m.
The project is being funded by a $2.5 million capital campaign. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For information on donating to HealthWorks!, call 314-241-7391 or visit www.ddhtstl.org.
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