Brrrr! Have your children ever imagined what it would be like to travel to a place covered in snow all year round with icebergs instead of trees? Have your children ever wondered how animals survive in the snow? The Polar Area allows children to explore unknowns, make choices about survival and the needs of living things, and be creative in solving problems that can arise from being in an unknown territory.

In the Polar Area children will be greeted by a much cooler room temperature, stark white “floating iceberg” floors, and the sounds of whirring polar winds. The sights, sounds, and feel of the room will set the stage for immersion into the environment of Earth’s polar caps. Children will dress in warm fleece vests as they begin to explore the hands-on activities and materials in the Polar Area. Several counting, literacy, and science skill-building activities await little polar explorers as they use realistic props and materials.

Children will immediately see a floater plane hanging aloft in the Polar Area ready to drop a cargo box of “supplies” for the adventurers visiting this area which give children the opportunity to learn about the materials and skills needed to live in the polar environment. They will explore concepts such as what to eat and where food comes from, how to stay warm, where to find shelter, how to dress, what the weather is like, and how to travel in the snow. The Polar Area spotlights various careers that relate to marine biology, oceanography, and meteorology.

A wide variety of animals that live in the polar regions of the earth will be introduced and children will learn how they survive in the harsh conditions of the frozen tundra. Come visit the Polar Area and meet Qannik, our resident Californian hare, who represents our polar animal friends!