Experience the wonder and artistry of weather – with a special emphasis on water and sustainability – this fall at the i.d.e.a. Museum’s Weather or Not: Art with Atmosphere exhibition. Through art and hands-on activities, curious kids of all ages will embark on a fun, scientific adventure and learn about the water cycle, the difference between climate and weather, rainbows, types of weather, and more.

The exhibition – which opens Sept. 27 – features an activity where visitors are able to experience a realistic mini tornado and enjoy the soothing sounds and smells of a real rainstorm.

Hands-on learning

Planned activities for children of all ages include:

  • Experience hands-on exploration in the Water Cycle Room (featuring evaporation, condensation and precipitation)
  • Be the Meteorologist (green screen activity) – dress up and deliver the weather forecast in the studio and on location – just like a weather reporter
  • Create weather art – make artful representations of snowflakes, watercolor rain paintings and fluffy clouds
  • Experiment with light and color at the rainbow arch and prism activity

Thank you to our sponsors

Weather or Not: Art with Atmosphere – which runs through Jan. 19, 2020 – is sponsored by  City of Mesa Water Resources, CORE Construction, POGO Pass, the i.d.e.a. Museum Foundation, City of Mesa and the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which receives support from the state of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Other financial contributions come from CORE Construction for early learning programs and from Wells Fargo Foundation and Season for Sharing, which support the museum’s Access for All fund, which helps pay for programs such as school field trips and free days at the museum.

Make plans…

Weather or Not: Art with Atmosphere is included with regular museum admission, which is $9 for ages 1 and older; i.d.e.a. Museum members are free. Learn more at ideaMuseum.org

 About us

The i.d.e.a. Museum is a part of the City of Mesa and is supported by the i.d.e.a. Museum Foundation. The foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization with a mission to provide sustainable resources to fulfill the i.d.e.a. Museum’s mission through fundraising, advocacy, and partnerships. Its vision is to create infinite possibilities for  the i.d.e.a. Museum.