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Exploration Place raises the lid on toilet exhibit

One in three people worldwide do not have access to a clean, safe toilet.
One in three people worldwide do not have access to a clean, safe toilet. Associated Press

Exploration Place is opening a restroom exhibit on World Toilet Day. You know that’s Wednesday, right?

The day is a serious attempt to promote clean and safe toilets for all. Exploration Place is teaming up with international agency WaterAid to help raise awareness that one in three people don’t have that access, said Christina Bluml of Exploration Place.

But the children’s museum is going to have some fun with it, too. How can you not when 90 kindergartners will be visiting? The kids will get to take part in World Toilet Day activities on their regularly scheduled visit to the museum: playing Turdlywinks and Musical Toilets in the Grand Hall. Posters about WaterAid and its mission also will be set up, Bluml said.

As its restroom “exhibit,” Exploration Place is putting signage in the bathrooms about No. 1 and No. 2, the best way to wash your hands, how people “go” in space and on airplanes and literary references to bathrooms. It also will lock one stall in the women’s bathroom as a reminder that not everyone in the world has access to clean and safe toilets.

The new exhibit also fits in with the traveling exhibit now at Exploration Place about parasites. It’s called “Eww! What’s Eating You?” Lack of access to clean toilets can lead to parasitic infection, Bluml said.

The public is invited to take part in World Toilet Day activities at Exploration Place. The events on Wednesday are included in Exploration Place admission or membership.

Reach Annie Calovich at 316-268-6596 or acalovich@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @anniecalovich.

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