Visiting traditional museums is usually very ordered – we move from exhibit to exhibit following a designated route. The Copernicus Science Centre breaks away from such rigid rules – there’s no set path, and it’s up to the visitors to decide exactly how to spend their time. This is especially good for guests bringing children, since kids are more likely to get bored when they’re being taken to exhibits one after another. Here are some things to consider before visiting Copernicus.
Less means more
All parents want to show their children as much as possible when visiting Copernicus, especially if they have travelled a long way, but a shorter visit is likely to be much more fun and beneficial in terms of learning. It means being able to spend more time on selected exhibits and experiments, as well as more time talking to kids about what they have seen and sharing experiences while they’re fresh in everyone’s mind. We tend to remember things we’ve seen at the start and at the end of a trip, so a shorter visit also means that there is less “middle” for children to forget. If you want to introduce kids to more parts of the Centre, it’s better to spread the visit over a few days.
It’s worth making time for short breaks – they will help kids get their energy back, make sense of what they’ve seen so far, and ask any questions about the exhibits and experiments. There are several rest and relaxation points at Copernicus.
But don’t forget that you can’t eat or drink in the galleries! So if you want to take a break for a snack, go to the Leisure Zone – Cafe on the upper floor (where you’re welcome to bring your own lunch).
Freedom above all
Of course these are only some of our suggestions! Parents’ role in introducing their children to the world around them is important, but they must also remember to find elements of the visit that allow kids to explore the Centre freely. Independently discovering places and phenomena develops young people’s natural curiosity, sparks their creativity and encourages a sense of independence. The exhibits are designed to be experienced at different levels of understanding; when you let kids lead the way and conduct experiments alongside them, chances are you will gain an advanced understanding for yourself. When children see their parents enjoying discovering new things, they feel inspired to run along to the next exhibit to show their mum and dad how to use it. This makes visiting the Centre fun, inspirational and beneficial, and the experience can serve as a starting point for discussion and seeking more information afterward.