Teaching kids healthy habits in fun atmosphere part of The Bone Zone | Events
The Bone Zone: A Carnival of Healthy Choices is an exhibition where a carnival theme will provide an entertaining setting for children of all ages. From March 24 – June 23, Museum visitors can learn about the importance of diet and exercise and how to create and keep healthy bones. This exhibition takes place in the Evansville Convention and Visitor Bureau Center for History and Science that is located in the newly renovated area of the Museum.
The Bone Zone is comprised of numerous displays which feature interactive games, hands-on activities, entertaining videos, and information about bone health, diet, and exercise. Exhibits such as “Your Bones Are Alive”, “The Incredible Bone Crusher” and “The Amazing Bone Builder” explore the importance of a healthy diet and reveals which foods provide your body with the best source of calcium.
Additional activities include a fun house mirror and a simulated X-ray machine. There is also a computer game that tests your ability to make the best food and exercise choices in order to build a healthy skeleton. The centerpiece for the exhibition is “The Hip Joint” which provides a dance floor where you can tap out a tune with your feet.
The exhibit was created by the Purdue Agriculture Exhibit Design Center with support from the Indiana Dairy and Nutrition Council. According to Connie Weaver, head of the Department of Foods and Nutrition at Purdue University, “Our primary goal for The Bone Zone was to stress that food and exercise choices now affect bone health today and in the future. Bones grow fastest between the ages of 9 and 18 so we encourage school groups and families to visit. Poor diets and little exercise can cause broken bones in young people and lead to bone diseases like osteoporosis in the future. By entering this carnival of learning children can examine important health concepts in an entertaining way.”
The Bone Zone is presented in cooperation with the Welborn Baptist Foundation.