After last week’s failed attempt to take the children to the Rolling Ball Museum, we ventured out again today to Seodaemun Station. My daughter, who isn’t much of a sleeper, of course, takes the longest naps on days that I have planned outings… So I had to wake her up and we rushed out of the house. We made it to Seodaemun Station without any hiccups, although I was slightly annoyed that no one was willing to give the kids and me (with an 24-lb baby strapped on my back) a spot in the elevator so we took the stairs… :-p
We arrived at the museum around 2:15pm, and there was already a school group there of about 25 children so it was a little crowded. Plus, our little non-Korean kids were kind of a novelty in and of themselves, which you’d think you get used to… But I don’t think we have! We purchased combo tickets (9,000W–no time limit) for both the Fun Museum and the Rolling Ball Museum. They’re directly across the hall from each other in the Kyunghyang Art Hill building, and it’s definitely worth the price for the combo tickets since just one museum is 8,000W. Also, children under 36 months are free.
We started at the Fun Museum (the side that the ticket counter is on), which is full of fun, strange, crazy things that both you and your children will love. There was lots of laughter and screeching children. We dressed up in the strangest inventions, played with some weird toys, and laughed at the silliness of it all.
The boys were particularly intrigued with a plasma ball, and they were convinced that if they put their hands on it, they could see their bones. 😉
Once the school group left, we had the museum to ourselves, and the kids were able to explore the space more freely. We pulled them away from the play kitchen area where they were decorating a plate with fake food. The display encouraged kids to make silly faces out of strawberries, broccoli, bananas, etc.
The Rolling Ball Museum is as wonderful as the Fun Museum is silly. There are around 50 different apparatuses that have balls rolling, bouncing, climbing, falling, swirling and jumping according to the laws of physics.
On the larger constructions, little step stools allow children to reach the top starting point where they can place the ball themselves and watch gravity in action! From marble sized balls to bowling ball sized balls… This is really the perfect place to bring kids who are learning about or are interested in learning about gravity. Even as young as 4.5, my boys have asked about gravity through their interest in astronauts and space. My husband and I have explained the basics of gravity to them, though we can never really know what they remember. However, after about 20 minutes in the museum, Lincoln proudly told me that the balls roll down because of gravity and gravity makes everything fall down!
In addition to the numerous “sculptures” that they can watch and interact with, there are three different stations where kids can build their own rolling ball apparatus.
All in all, I think this is a wonderful place. For 9,000W, the price is comparable to a kid cafe, and for my 4.5 year olds, probably much more age-appropriate. I will definitely be taking my kids here again!