Calling all little mechanics, future engineers, and kids who just like really cool stuff: World of Speed is getting a brand-new exhibit just for you! Join us this fall as we open our new Super Service Center in the museum’s Start Line Club. Created by Betty Brinn Children’s Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this interactive exhibit lets children perform maintenance on a kid-sized car mounted on a lift and so much more.
The exhibit’s hands-on activities encourage cooperative play and stimulate the development of fundamental skills in young children. As children select tools, replace parts, and fill work orders, they exercise skills like sorting, matching, and problem-solving. Working with other “mechanics” encourages positive social skills, and the exhibit’s activities help enhance fine and gross motor skills.
So, what can kids do as part of the fun?
Trigger sound effects as they change air filters, add fluids, and check the battery and oil
Slide underneath the car on the “creeper” and replace the muffler and exhaust pipe
Change the car’s tires using a realistic-sounding pneumatic drill
Use tools to change license plates on both the front and back of the car
Try out all the kid-friendly tools of the trade, including wrenches, screwdrivers, and pliers, that are tucked into a tool chest
Turn colorful gears and learn how one gear affects another with the gear table
Climb in and out of a wall of real tires
Dress the part in work shirts and caps as you role-play
Plan and manage your workday using changeable time clock, work-order clipboards, a telephone, and a magnetic calendar
World of Speed Super Service Center is now open! Come play!