Disclosure: The Franklin Institute provided complimentary tickets for us to preview the Mirror Maze exhibit. All opinions expressed within are my own and have not been influenced in any way.
Have you ever been in a corn or hedge maze? Each corner you turn looks strikingly similar and you might have moments you worry you will never escape.
Our first stop on our recent visit to the Franklin Institute was to the special exhibit, Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature. We bravely stepped into the labyrinth, and wandered through the many paths slowly ensuring we did not walk into a mirrored wall. Countless times, I looked into a mirror ahead, saw one of my children – only to realize it was a reflection with no child in sight. Upon exiting the maze the first time, I sighed in relief – grateful that I did not get lost forever within its walls.
But of course you know one time is not enough for the boys…
So on the second time, I had an incentive – get out of the maze as fast as possible. When I actually thought about my path, I figured out the pattern in nature that would lead me easily to the exit. I shared with the boys, and we walked right from the front to the end with only one wrong turn. As we exited, my husband said – how are you done already? So we showed him the pattern. A puzzle is easy to solve if you lean the pattern. Now this daunting maze was no longer overwhelming, and instead was quite fun!
They boys repeated the maze a third, fourth, fifth, and sixth time – and of all of the awesome exhibits we saw that day at the Franklin Institute, the Mirror Maze was hands down everyone’s favorite!
The Mirror Maze area had a lot of interesting stations that helped you look at patterns in nature. My favorite was one that measured your body – I am 5’11” with a 5’4″ wingspan!
We then headed down to the Machinery exhibit, where the boys built gears and operated all kinds of machines. We spent a lot of time here exploring!
After the machines, we headed to the Sports Zone, where the boys went head to head in races and then tried their best pitching moves.
Next we headed to the Trains, before sneaking in a show at the Planetarium. We finished out visit with a visit to the Air Show, a journey through the Giant Heart, and then a climb through the brain.
The boys were exhausted, excited, and full of new knowledge at the end of our visit. Do you have a trip to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia planned for this fall? You can still catch the Mirror Maze until September 4, 2017. Then, on September 30, the Terracotta Warriors take over – an exhibit that is sure to leave a lasting impression.