The DoSeum is San Antonio's only museum just for children where kids learn by doing, creating and tinkering, instead of just looking and listening.
By encouraging kids to use their imaginations as an expressive and creative-thinking tool, Imagine It! unleashes their story-making skills and support language development — both oral and aural. Imagine It! addresses the multiple pathways to story-making, with “try-on” characters, environment-based scenarios, and connections to the written word. These skills help foster a love of reading and writing for the next generation.
Encourages children to use their imagination as an expressive and creative-thinking tool
Promotes children’s use of language and development of oral (and aural) language skills
Generates collaboration and communication, life-long skills that are essential to story-making
Newborn to 4 years-old: Past the intro tunnel lays an open-ended world kids can populate with their own imagination. Hills, craters, a cave and a lookout peak take the shape of anything a kid desires. Sensors in the floor trigger sounds and light effects when triggered. Kids are invited to put on costumes or use puppets to act out whatever story they create. A wheel-chair accessible ramp leads to a balcony where kids can use mouth puppets to put on a show for everyone below.
5 to 7 years-old: At “Neverending Story” kids read a story that other visitors have collaboratively created and then move the story further by adding the next part. Each kid’s contribution is highlighted in a different color. Prompts encourage the kids to follow the structure of a story, “What happens next?” “What would be a good character to add?” “The story has almost reached the climax, how should it end?” The content management system can filter out any bad words and gibberish that is added.
8 to 10 years-old: Kids can bring their animation to the next level by making it 3D. Tools and objects such as pipe cleaners, amateur wire, toys, and figures are available to work with. A screen shows the onion effect and lets kids witness their stories come to life. A green screen provides a variety of background options. Kids can even lie down on a green screen and use their own bodies as props!
If your kid loves to read, plan to stay in the Reading Lab for 20-45 minutes to enjoy all the different books and tablets with reading apps we have in store!