The Science Behind Pixar at the Boston Museum of Science has been on my radar for a few weeks, and after Addie’s viewing of Toy Story, I knew we needed to take her. Little did I know how much we would love it!
There are concepts covering all aspects of how Pixar creates their films, starting with a 5 minute behind-the-scenes introduction by 2 employees, who give a brief but complete overview of the process. It’s cute, a bit silly, and just the right amount of time to share info, capture young minds, and then release them for a total hands-on experience.
Behind the Science is animation in action, giving all ages information about the technology, lighting, engineering, art, mathematics (STEM), and how the human brain helps create the illusion of motion. My favorite concept: computers don’t make the films, people do.
There is SO much I didn’t know about how these movies were made, like adding light. Each scene starts out dark, and each light, reflection, and sparkle is added, manually per frame. There are 24 frames per second. Ah. Maze. Ing.
And making these characters move is a process I could not have imagined. There is a stop-motion film of strings being added to Mike Wazowski of Monsters Inc. to symbolize all the points considered in his movements. It is an incredible undertaking!
The exhibit is full of awesome interactions, and while you can go through in about 30 minutes, we spent a good hour!
The Boston Museum of Science has so much to offer that after almost 4 hours, we were talking about what else we would have to come back to see!
There is a lightening show- LOUD- that we decided to take a pass on because of Addie’s “fresh ears”, but we look forward to going back!
The playground teaches kids about energy- both usage and conservation… how we use it and how we can create it. There are swings, and a see-saw, and so much more… all teaching with play.
The museum has a parking garage attached with elevators to different floors, so it was easily accessible for us with 2 kids. We didn’t use our stroller, but we easily could have (although you cannot bring them in the Pixar exhibit)… and if we needed one, there are ones to borrow while there for FREE- first come first serve. Same thing for wheel chairs and scooters.
Each floor is packed with information, hands-on learning, and incredible visuals. While I think it’s best for ages 3+, Millie had a great time, too! From buttons to sounds, bright colors, light and shadow play- there’s something for everyone! Addie is most looking forward to going back for the butterfly exhibit (which is permanent, so we decided it was best for another day)!
Lastly, the Boston Museum of Science is very inclusive… I was so pleased that the step stools were perfect for Addie- allowing her to move them, but also incredibly stable. The listening devices at each station are perfect for people with hearing issues, too. Addie learned quickly how to start the recording and restart it if she missed something. I loved watching her take control of her learning- and am so thankful that the Boston Museum of Science is able to provide this opportunity for her, and so many others!
We were able to get general admission into the museum using our Roger Williams Park Zoo membership (they have a reciprocal relationship allowing up to 4 people in) making our exhibit tickets only $12 each. This is one of my favorite features of purchasing memberships… but when it comes time to renew, I will be getting a membership to the science museum- for sure! Their benefits are amazing and we will be spending as much time in Boston as possible!
Finding a new favorite place is totally invigorating- especially as a parent! If you’re in Boston, check out The Science Behind Pixar at the Boston Museum of Science, going on now! What’s your favorite neighborhood find?