The Fox Motion Park at SciTech Hands On Museum is open on Saturdays through September!

Need to know BEFORE you go:

  • The Fox Motion Park is included in regular admission.
  • Check the weather – the park cannot be opened if there is rain or strong winds.
  • Hours for the Fox Motion Park are 11AM – 4:30PM.
  • Closed-toed shoes MUST be worn to use the exhibits. No sandals or flip-flops!

What is the Fox Motion Park?

The Fox Motion Park is an outdoor, open air learning environment that looks out over the Fox River. It features five, full-body exhibits that allow visitors to observe, feel, and experience scientific forces.

 

The Wind Wave is a 45-foot tall exhibit that demonstrates the interference of sine waves, which travel through a solid form. Visitors are able to twist the central strap at the base of the wave causing the rods to flow in a torsional wave along the vertical length of the exhibit.

The Giant Lever consists of a ski-lift bench hanging at the end of a horizontal 33-foot pole. The pole rests on a fulcrum point with a ratio of 1:3. Visitors sit on the bench and their friends pull on chains attached to the pole with a ratio of 1:1, 1:2, and 1:3 to lift the bench.

The Tightrope Bicycle allows visitors a unique opportunity to experience the center of gravity. A suspended weight keeps the rider and bike upright, even when pedaled backward on a steel cable!

Please note: VISITORS MUST BE 52″ tall and no more than 200lbs to use the Tightrope Bicycle.

The You-Yo is an oversized inverted yo-yo that remains fixed while the user rides up and down. The flywheel mounted at the top of the exhibit winds the rope, propelling the user higher with every turn of the wheel.

Please note: VISITORS MUST BE 52″ tall and no more than 200lbs to use the Tightrope Bicycle.

The Pendulum Swing demonstrates the energy transfer between coupled pendulums. A visitor starts to swing but is gradually slowed as the 300lb weight begins to swing. The energy is transferred back to the visitor, pushing the swing back into action.

Through the generous donation of Dr. Gina Santori, young environmental scientists will have a chance to discover the physics of water movement. Santori Streams features water in shooting spouts, bubbling bowls and flowing fountains. Beakers, funnels, buckets and toys surround the “splash-tastic” exhibit to encourage visitors to be water architects.

This marble percussion instrument resembles a xylophone and has the range of one full octave. The acoustic properties of the marble produce clear resonating tones.

Safety is important!

  • The Fox Motion Park is a controlled access area. When visitors are using the exhibits, a trained staff member must be in attendance.
  • No running! According to the National Program for Playground Safety, each year more than 200,000 children are injured on U.S. playgrounds, with more than 75% of these injuries caused by falls.
  • Closed-toed shoes MUST be worn to use the exhibits. NO flip-flops or sandals.
  • Some of the exhibits have height and weight restrictions. Please respect the directives of the museum staff.
  • The exhibits are tall, metal structures that can pose serious threat if lightening is present. High winds can interfere with the designed use of the exhibits. For these reasons, the Fox Motion Park may be closed for weather concerns.

SciTech Hands On Museum reserves the right to refuse services to any visitor who does not abide by these rules.