Rocket ship playhouse ‘blasts off’ at LaunchPAD Children’s Museum

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It’s one small step for man, and one giant leap for the LaunchPAD Children’s Museum as the new three-level rocket ship playhouse prepares to ‘blast off.’

It’s the first new major exhibit since the museum opened in February 2016. Kids can dress up as astronauts, experiment with gravity using a ramp-and-ball system, and test their skills at stacking blocks all while wearing astronaut gloves, just to name a few activities.

LaunchPAD Executive Director Bob Fitch says the rocket ship playhouse is a fun, new way for kids to get excited about space.

“[There are] lots of things for the kids to do,” Fitch said. “With control boards that light up, they can make their own constellations in the top level in a black light area. And, of course, the slide to go down, and lots of other fun stuff.”

A $15,000 grant in May from the Missouri River Historical Development went towards the project. The playhouse is one of many upgrades to the museum, including a new market, cafe, and ‘build zone’ all built within the last nine months.

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