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Prepare to be puzzled at Mindbender Mansion, a new exhibition opening at the Fleet Science Center.

January 17, 2020

San Diego, CA—Get ready to enter the wonderfully puzzling world of Mindbender Mansion, a new exhibition opening at the Fleet Science Center on Saturday, January 25, 2020.  

Mindbender Mansion is an eclectic place full of puzzles, brainteasers and interactive challenges guaranteed to test the brainpower and problem-solving skills of even the most experienced puzzlers. Adults and children alike will enjoy exercising their minds as they try to master each of the 11 individual brain teasers and the three group activities, which encourage intergenerational play in this fun and unconventional new exhibition.

Throughout the exhibition, visitors will find a combination of tabletop brainteasers they can solve on their own and larger group challenges that require assistance from their friends and family.

The group challenges include:

  • Feeding Frenzy—Kitchen mayhem is guaranteed in a race to beat the clock by filling T.V. dinner trays (with five kinds of food) on a fast-moving conveyer belt.
  • Spelling Fever—Visitors will race to correctly spell answers to trivia questions, within a limited amount of time, by hopping on letter squares that light up. 
  • Amazing Maze—In this version of the classic steel ball labyrinth game visitors must work together to tilt a table in different directions, guiding a ball into six holes as quickly as possible or within the allotted time.

STEM-based educational content is unexpectedly woven into the puzzles, videos and group challenges found inside Mindbender Mansion. At the heart of the exhibition, visitors will find the essential scientific tasks of problem-solving and critical thinking, while group challenges require the use of communication, collaboration and teamwork skills.

Mindbender Mansion will be open from January 25 to April 19, 2020, at the Fleet Science Center and is included with admission to the science center.

Mindbender Mansion was produced and is toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, in Portland, Oregon.

This exhibition is generously sponsored in part by The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation.

For more information about Mindbender Mansion, visit www.fleetscience.org/exhibitions/mindbender-masion.


About the Fleet Science Center:

The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. At the science center, you can explore and investigate more than 100 interactive exhibits that pique your curiosity and become immersed in an IMAX film adventure that shows the wonders of the planet--and beyond--in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. For young science enthusiasts, the Fleet offers science workshops both at the Fleet and at schools throughout San Diego County. For adults, we offer events like Suds & Science and Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar™ at locations all over San Diego. We support communities by leveraging science resources to meet local needs. Teachers are encouraged to join our Teacher Partner Program and take advantage of our professional development opportunities. Additionally, at the Fleet Science Center, visitors will find unique educational toys and games, books, IMAX DVDs and more in the North Star Science Store, and pizzas, sandwiches, salads and healthy treats in our Craveology cafe. Located in Balboa Park, at 1875 El Prado, two blocks south of the San Diego Zoo on Park Blvd., the Fleet is San Diego's science center. Science starts here and opens a world of possibility. For information regarding current admission prices, visit our website at fleetscience.org.
About Balboa Park:
Located near downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is the largest urbancultural park in the United States. First established by the City of San Diego in 1868, it is also one of the oldest city parks in the nation and is the most visited single destination in San Diego. Its 1,200 acres include 17 museums, many gardens and attractions, the San Diego Zoo, miles of hiking trails, and multiple athletic complexes to explore and discover. For more information, visit balboapark.org.

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