Colossal Construction at the Children’s Museum of NH



Photo Courtesy of the Children’s Museum of NH.  The Children’s Museum of NH is opening a temporary summer exhibit, Colossal Construction 2, in its Studio space where kids and families can build with tens of thousands of K’NEX construction pieces.

Dover, NH – For six weeks this summer, kids can jump into the roles of architects and builders using tens of thousands of K’NEX construction pieces at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire. Colossal Construction 2, a summer-only exhibit open from July 7 – August 15, features amazing ball run structures created by the museum staff, and plenty of opportunities for families to add to the structures or create their own.

Three years ago, the Children’s Museum was offered a truckload of K’NEX pieces from a grandfather who was dismantling the elaborate train tracks and structures he had built in his basement. A team of museum staff members spent hours taking sections apart and loading them into a truck to take back to Dover. Some sections were on display during the summer of 2011 but have been in storage since then.

Since April, museum staff members have been taking apart the original structures and rebuilding large sections for the summer exhibit, which is being installed in the Muse Studio space. Kids can take ping-pong balls and drop them in to see the circuitous paths they travel from top to bottom. Families can also build new sections onto the ball runs or use K’NEX pieces to invent their own creations. Photos will be taken throughout the 6-week exhibition to record the many different approaches children take to building.

There is no extra charge for this special summer exhibit – all activities are included in the museum’s regular price of admission ($9 adults/children, $8 seniors, no charge for children under 12 months old).  During the summer, the museum is open 7 days a week.

About The Children’s Museum of NH

The not-for-profit Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is located at 6 Washington Street in Dover and offers two levels of hands-on, interactive exhibits for children and families. Children can explore a wide range of subjects, from dinosaurs, music and aeronautics to world cultures, art and natural history. Open year-round, the Silver LEED-certified museum seeks to create memorable family learning experiences and works closely with schools, social service agencies and educators. The museum also hosts a variety of live performances, workshops, classes and special events. For more information, please call the museum at (603) 742-2002 or visit


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