Posted by: Leap of Faith | January 23, 2010

SciTech Museum


During the last Hajj holiday, we were fortunate enough to bring our children to visit again the Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Science and Technology Center (SciTech) Museum here in Al Khobar.  We brought our children there a few years back and we were then all pleasantly surprised to know that a place like that existed in our own little sandy Kingdom. What is even more surprising, though,  is the fact that our recent visit to this interactive museum was more fun now than when we initially visited the place before.  I guess going there during the holidays makes it extra special because of the new exhibits and shows they have for children.

Aside from the huge crowd that greeted us upon entering the building, Pinky noticed this unique art display which hanged on top of the main hall. Presumably, this was created using various paintings made by the Saudi children.

The lobby also had this new section which showcased various things which were used locally by the Saudi people.  These included carpets, plates, tea kettles, clothing, fully decorated camel saddles and other what-nots.

The museum boast of an Imax theatre (shown above) and several exhibit halls, which undoubtedly tickles the creative imagination of children and adults alike.  One of my personal favorite activities is creating this colored arch out of blocks that were scattered all over the place.   

After several attempts of independently doing our own versions of this arch, we quickly realized that the only way we can complete this task is for us to work as a team. So, with that in mind, Team Sy started to focus and cooperate in creating this:

Our not so perfectly looking arch..mwahahaha! You must give us an “A,” though, for trying and working together. I guess in Sesame Street lingo this would be called “c-o-o-p-e-r-a-t-i-o-n!”

Marga was very attracted to this colorful board, which actually introduced her to the concept of pixels… and how to “pixelize” image of faces in billboard advertisements here in the Kingdom (hehehehe!)

Rafael, on the other hand, was literally caught “red-handed” in this photograph.

Pinky and the kids pose in front of this unique contraption, which looked like a very complicated Physics project about motion, centrifugal force and velocity.  Gosh, what the hell am I saying?!

Pinky showing off her electrifying personality in her Abayah.

Luigi explaining to Marga and I how eclipses work. Incidentally, there was a solar eclipse last week, which we unfortunately did not see.

I have no idea what this is.  But wouldn’t it be nice to have one of that at home so I can lock the kids up whenever they misbehave?  *enter evil laughter here*

The kids were amazed at this huge aquarium.  I’m sure they were secretly thinking of how much fun it would be if they could swim like the fish and other sea creatures. So, through the magic of SciTech, our kids were later transformed into these…

… cute little sea turtles… Marga, unfortunately, looked drugged from drinking all the amniotic fluid from her egg…hehehe!

As an extra bonus for all the visitors that day, we were treated to other unique forms of entertainment which included mimes and local tribal music and dance.

Our trip to the SciTech museum was definitely enriching as it gave us a deeper appreciation and understanding of the world around us and the people and culture we deal with every day.  Hopefully, this will not be our last time to visit this wonderful museum.

 

 

 

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  1. Great story-telling and witty captions as always 😉

    The “contraption” the kids were in was actually a huge bubble maker – so I guess no use locking them up in there as escape is virtually guaranteed – hahaha! 😆

    And yes, how else do you describe me in an abaya but simply “electrifying” 😆

    • Thanks, Hon.

      Oh, is that a bubble maker? Where was I when that was taken? Damn, now we have to think of a more effective way to lock up the kids!

      Abaya or not, you are electrifying!

  2. Keith. I hope to one visit it too. Nice photos. They enticed me even more para dalawin sya.

    • Nebz, you really have to go there at least once. It’s a nice and very educational museum.

      I’m glad our pictures enticed you to even consider visiting the place. I do hope to see your own pictures soon.

  3. Here’s a site that I think our readers might enjoy. It is called MEET ME AT THE CORNER, Virtual Field Trips for Kids (www.meetmeatthecorner.org)

    This series of free educational video pod casts is directed at kids ages 7-12. Each three-minute episode includes links to fun websites, a list of recommended books and a Learning Corner of questions and extended activities about the topic.
    New episodes are uploaded every two weeks. On 1/18 there will be an episode about Everyday Physics from the New York Hall of Science. On February 1, there’s a show about Thomas Edison filmed at the new Thomas Edison Museum in West Orange New Jersey. And later in February, there is an episode on how to prepare for your school science fair.

    • Thanks for sharing. I’ll check it out.

  4. Ang ganda ganda talaga ng mga pictures pati na ang kwento behind the pics! Love it! Fave ko syempre si Electriying Pinky!! Napakapowerful! wala akong masabi..
    Hugs sa iyong mga cute na tsikiting! At lumalaki na talaga si Marga huh..Enjoy the rest of your week!

    • Hi Dang! Yes, Marga has grown up so quickly. It’s good I have this blog to keep track of our children’s progress and growth.

      As for Pinky, iba talaga ang powers niyan. I’m sure you felt it by just looking at her picture…hehehe!

  5. can you show skeleton riding cycle in sci tech?


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