Saturday Night Live actor and comedian Kenan Thompson recently made a stop at the Scott Family Amazeum in Bentonville. The SNL star “worked (and played) hard” with the interactive exhibits, according to a post from the museum.
The Amazeum is a family-friendly, hands-on learning experience aimed at children of all ages. Located near the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, the facility spans approximately 50,000 square feet and has an additional acre of outdoor space.
The exhibits are “designed to promote imagination and creative thinking,” according to the Amazeum. Two areas are dedicated to toddlers, while the majority of the spaces are designed for children from four to nine years old. A collection of learning spaces known as Innovation Alley – including the 3M Tinkering Hub, the Art Studio and Hershey’s Lab – offer deeper learning opportunities for older elementary and middle school students.
The Amazeum hosts a variety of programs targeted toward various age groups throughout the year. For children up to six years old, the museum has Partners in Play and Little Tinkerers programs, where young children and their families can explore, build problem solving skills and work with tools and materials in a safe setting.
Also on offer are a number of Homeschool Days, during which children and families can connect with other homeschoolers and participate in themed pop-up activities around the museum. The upcoming Homeschool Adventures series will spend several weeks exploring science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) concepts to supplement homeschool curriculums. The first of the series starts in September with a theme of “Amazing Anatomy.”
Registration will open soon for the museum’s Mini Camps, which offer a condensed version of the week-long summer camps and take place in November.
Also starting up in the fall are a variety of pre-teen workshops. The first of the series starts in October and will feature an introduction to laser cutting and engraving.
Workshops and programs for Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and 4-H groups can also be scheduled.
Sensory-friendly areas of the museum include the outdoor Playscape and Cloud Theater. Headphones, timers and other items for families with sensory concerns can be checked out in the Guest Services area.
In addition to the kid-friendly offerings, the Amazeum also features meeting and team-building spaces for businesses and organizations. For educators, the museum runs a variety of professional development workshops.
Memberships to the Amazeum allow guests unlimited free entrance and a variety of benefits based on the membership tier. At higher tiers, a portion of the membership fee is tax-deductible. Children under two receive free admission.
The Amazeum will be closed from Sept. 6-9 for its annual fall refresh.
For program registration, hours, membership details, and more information about the Amazeum, visit the museum’s website.