Make a splash at Exploration Place

Exploration Place's new national traveling exhibit, "WaterWorks: Soak Up the Science," will open Saturday. Here's what you need to know about it:

1) The exhibit provides a hands-on educational look at the world of water. Visitors can explore the physical properties of water with exhibits on raindrops, rainbows and snowflakes. They learn how water cycles from its source through various treatment processes and then to our taps. They also can calculate their own water consumption and learn conservation strategies.

2) Hands-on activities include maneuvering hydraulic systems and piloting a model submarine. Kids can join Walter the water molecule as he shows the fundamental connection between water, life and human society.

3) A special exhibit about Wichita's water supply will be provided by the city's Water Center.

4) At 11 a.m. Saturday, visitors can watch a live water science show in the Kemper Creative Learning Studio. Also on Saturday, a representative from the Kansas Geological Survey will give a presentation about the underground water system in Kansas.

5) Other activities are scheduled throughout October. The exhibit is included in general museum admission and is free for Exploration Place members. It will be open through Jan. 2. For more information, call 316-660-0600 or go to www.exploration.org.