A new and rather unusual exhibit opens Saturday at Exploration Place, and if you have kids, you won't want to miss it. Here's what you need to know:
1) The national traveling exhibit is called "Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body," and it will be on display through Sept. 6.
2) Visitors will encounter all sorts of topics not usually discussed in polite society: a pinball game built around foods that cause gas, a matching game on body odors, a burping machine that releases giant belches, and more.
3) The purpose of the exhibit is to teach kids about the science behind bodily functions. To learn about the digestive system, for example, they'll crawl through a 30-foot-long, 3-D model of one.
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4) "Grossology" is based on the book of the same name by Sylvia Branzei, who has said she hopes that if kids learn more about their bodies, they'll be inclined to take better care of themselves.
"Grossology" will be on view at Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays and Mondays. It will be open on Memorial Day. Museum admission is $9.50 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for children ages 4 to 11, free for kids under 4. For more information, go to www.exploration.org, or call 316-660-0600.