‘Mindbender Mansion’ puts museum guests to the test

The Discovery Children’s Museum is playing brain games with its latest traveling exhibit “Mindbender Mansion,” on display through April 27.

The exhibit features 40 brain teasers likely to appeal to a variety of age groups — including adults. There are five group activities for a different type of challenge.

The fun begins with a welcome from Mr. E., puzzler extraordinaire and curator of the Mindbender Society. To join him in the exclusive society, youngsters must gather hidden clues and secret passwords by solving puzzles in various themed areas.

The group challenges are:

■ Amazing Maze, a steel ball labyrinth game in which guests must work together to tilt a table to guide a ball into six holes as quickly as possible.

■ Feeding Frenzy, a race to beat the clock as visitors fill dinner trays with food from a fast-moving conveyor belt.

■ Flying Machine, a mechanical flying machine is guided along a game board in an effort to hit six targets before time runs out.

■ Move and Match, a test to move wheeled dining room chairs into a pattern.

■ Spelling Fever, a game blending hopscotch with Scrabble as participants attempt to spell words correctly.

Those who succeed in their quest to join the the Mindbender Society will have their portrait added to the “Wall of Fame.”

The museum, 360 Promenade Place, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $12.

Further details are available by calling 702-382-5437.

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