Construction Zone

Features a gallery of smaller exhibits focused on engineering

Construction Zone

Where creativity meets engineering prowess!


Build your way to endless fun at the Construction Zone! Dive into the world of construction with a construction house, a make-power-use-power station, a build-it area, and a seismic structures exhibit where engineering meets excitement.  

Join us and explore the thrill of building, creating, and learning the Construction Zone, where innovation and exploration never cease! 

Exhibit Features

There’s a lot to see and do in this exhibit–check out some of these unique activities!


Construction House

Build, Create, Construct, Engineer, Innovate

  • Engineering
  • Math

AGES: Pre-School | Elementary | Middle

With five engaging stations, including the Connector Station for prefab assembly, Hammering Station for nailing mastery, Filing Station for precision cutting, Drilling Station for creating holes, and Joints Station for mastering angled pieces, there’s no limit to what you can create.

Sponsored by the Austin Family 


Make Power, Use Power

Power up!

  • Science

AGES: Elementary | Middle

Generate power using solar panels and wind turbines, then witness the energy flow into batteries. With full batteries, embark on a creative journey as metal planks create mazes to power various items, showcasing the fascinating connection between energy generation and use.

Sponsored by the Lincoln Recycling



Build It

Build your world

  • Engineering
  • Art
  • Math

AGES: Pre-School | Elementary | Middle

Unleash your creativity at our Build It exhibit! With wooden planks, nuts, and bolts at your disposal, the possibilities are endless. Let your imagination soar as you freely create and construct anything you can dream up!

Sponsored by Weber Murphy Fox 

Photo courtesy of Chicago Children’s Museum


Seismic Structures

Shake it up!

  • Science
  • Engineering
  • Math

AGES: Toddler | Pre-School | Elementary | Middle

Feel the ground shake as you adjust the earthquake table’s activity levels, then watch as your creations withstand varying degrees of tremors. It’s a thrilling challenge to see what stands tall amidst the quake.

What Can My Family Do?

Further expand learning and play in our Construction Zone

  • Dig into the ins and outs of the construction trade and how to safely use real world tools  
  • Discover how power is made, stored and what it is used for 
  • Use wooden planks and a variety of hardware to build your own exhibit, museum, or anything you can dream up  
  • Test who can build the strongest structure to withstand mother nature’s power 

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Experience new worlds and make new discoveries about science, the environment, culture, math, and the arts.

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