Kidspace’s Galvin Physics Forest Celebrates One Year

A smiling fan of Riff RocketKids play in the spray of a fire hoseKathleen watched with anticipationLilia, age 4, and Carlos UruetaDerek Wilson allowed the kids to get up close to the hose in his demonstration at the Galvin Physics Forest BirthdayDerek Wilson allowed the kids to get up close to the hose in his demonstration at the Galvin Physics Forest BirthdayPaulina and Janessa DerretEvan Michael of Riff RocketChristian Sanchez serving up birthday cakeElaine and Joshua BartlettDominic Montague, 6 years oldTesting out physics in the Galvin Physics forestCristie Fish, forensics specialistHarper Linoila, Christina Mauro, Ella Rose Crowman, and Melody Mooney


11:12 am | July 13, 2013

Kidspace is throwing an action packed Birthday Party for the Galvin Physics 1st Anniversary over the weekend of July 12-14, celebrating the increased scope of learning and exposure to physics since its opening day July 12, 2012.

“It is fun to have all the décor, having balloons out and celebrate the year that it has been. It has made a huge difference as far as our guest attendance has increased and our dynamic of kids is broadened because it caters a little more to the older kids so we are now getting more of the eleven to thirteen year olds out here,” Special Events Coordinator Julianne Sando said.

Friday’s theme, physics of heroic action, played out in several entertaining capacities. One of those included a wonderful show by Riff Rockit with the bonus of birthday cake to truly celebrate. Riff Rockit caters specifically to kids and had them all laughing and dancing.

“They are energetic. My son Joshua was dancing and so excited about the whole thing. The puppet was so amazing too, he was like a rock star,” Elaine Bartlett said after the Riff Rockit show.

Evan Michael of Riff Rockit has a special reason for focusing his music on children. Michael was diagnosed with Leukemia twice when he was fifteen and eighteen, placing him often around young children. He went to school for music and was doing “regular” music at pop gigs to raise money for pediatric cancer research.

“Then I realized that I should just be playing for kids. I really connect with kids and wanted to give kids the music that I grew up with like Guns and Roses. This project is really trying to inspire kids, to teach them good lessons and have fun through music,” Michael said.

Four-year-old Olivia Compton had an especially good time learning about why firefighters need to wear so many layers of clothing. Inside a specialist had a crafting booth for kids to glue together pieces of fabric to try to reduce the heat exposure to a surface. Olivia succeeded her second try, reducing the 130-degree heat to 84 degrees with all the fabric she crafted.

The fire department also came out to let kids climb over the truck and become familiar with fire personnel as well as teach them when to call 911. They talked about good fire versus bad fire and all the emergency situations they could be called for.

“It is important for police officers, fire fighters and doctors to show that we are here to help them and that we are a friendly person and we are not a face that they should be scared of,” Amelio Heraldez said.

The science related to fire engines is that when they are fighting a house fire, they determine the size of the hose to use based on the size of the fire. The fire can then be extinguished mostly from the fog and expansion of the steam so that it takes very little water on the fire, which would actually create more damage to the house with water log. The scientific facts help calculate the right amounts.

With temperatures in the upper 90′s, the “little heroes” ran under the spray of the giant fireman hose to stay cool. Four year old Alex Steinke said, ”My favorite part was playing in the water.”

Inside the physics forest Forensics specialist Cristie Fish explained to kids how they find the bad guys by finding fingerprints at the crime. The kids were able to dust to find their own fingerprints on the glass Fish brought and then transfer it to a card to keep their fingerprints forever.

“A lot of the kids are not really sure what it is all about, but once we do the actual fingerprinting they are like “Whoa! It is like magic!” because you do not see anything when you first put your prints down and then once we put the powder on then it appears so they get really excited about it,” Fish said.

Fish has been intrigued with forensics since she was young, so she spoke with great enthusiasm when she taught the children about her job.

“When I was young I went to an event like this that we had at school and that is what really got me focused into science.  There is biology and chemistry and different kinds of sciences, but I was really into forensics and how science can help solve crimes and find the bad guy,” Fish said.

This interactive world of physics is so much fun kids and their parents are almost tricked into learning big concepts in simple ways.

“People are learning things about physics, which is important for the community in general, and especially for the kids,” Special Events Coordinator Julianne Sando said.

The Galvin Physics Forest was the first major addition to Kidspace to be funded by The Campaign for the Future of Kidspace, a capital campaign announced in May 2012, which was launched to build new exhibits, upgrade existing learning environments, improve guest amenities, and develop new curriculum and programs. New exhibits will be coming this fall.

Come out to Kidspace for more of the birthday celebration on Saturday and Sunday for the Physics of Nature and the Physics of Creativity. Or come celebrate your own special birthday in one of the four exciting locations at Kidspace. For more information visit