Kids explore the science of construction in new Clay Center exhibit

“Little Builders” opens Saturday, Jan. 26
Kids can create, play and learn as they explore the concepts of construction, motion and simple machines in “Little Builders,” a new hands-on exhibit opening Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Clay Center.
Hand-operate a pulley and conveyor belt to learn about cause and effect, and discover mechanical physics at work by turning the wheels of a crane to transport cargo. Build unique structures with blocks, pipes and gears to find out how size, weight and shape relate to gravity and stability in this interactive learning lab.
The limited-time exhibit will be in the Mylan Explore-atory through May 5. “Little Builders” is sponsored by Lumos Networks, the Home Builders Association of Greater Charleston and the West Virginia Home Show.
While at the Center, get up close to some of the most amazing creatures to ever walk the planet or go along on an epic story of survival in giant screen films “Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia” and “Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure.” Then, discover the mysteries of our cosmic neighbors in the planetarium show “The Planets.”
Plus, admire the amazing skill and craftsmanship of quilters from across the state and around the country in two exhibits featuring their handcrafted works,  and see pieces from some of the most talented printmakers of the past half-century in “Tamarind Touchstones: Fabulous at Fifty, Celebrating Excellence in Fine Art Lithography.”
Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Gallery admission is free for members or $6 for children and $7.50 for adults. Films and planetarium shows are additional. For more information on this and other Clay Center exhibits, call 304-561-3570 or visit

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