ECHO Exhibit: Playing Together Games

The ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center has a new exhibit that’ll be running through May 10th, 2015: Playing Together Games. The exhibit focuses on the games that bring families together. It’s an exhibit on loan from the Children’s Museum of Memphis, and is intereactive:

Play King Tut’s favorite game of Senet. Challenge a friend to a game of Mancala. Play chess on a giant chessboard with huge game pieces. Be inspired by our lakeside setting and rediscover the joy of playing together. Reconnect with your family and friends while playing a multitude of games that span generations and cultures – all while getting closer to the lake.

Playing Together: Games is divided into game categories of strategy, math, coordination and physical skills, and racing to the finish with a focal point of an oversized chessboard with giant game pieces. In addition to specific game areas, visitors can “check out” a game from the game library for use the “House of Cards” gaming area or invent their own games using various playing pieces, game boards, and timers. For deeper understanding, the exhibit also explores how people react to winning and losing with a photographic installation recording facial expressions.

Specific game areas include: Nine Men’s Morris, Boc-Tin, Senet, Mancala, and Hop-Scotch.

Nine Men’s Morris, one of the earliest three-in-a-row strategy games, inspired games like checkers, chess and backgammon. Boc-Tin, a Chinese game, is a version of Shut-the-Box played by French sailors aboard ships many years ago. Discovered in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs, Senet is a racing game dating back over 3,000 years! Early Romans played Hopscotch, a coordination and physical skills game with versions found throughout the world. ECHO visitors can jump their way to victory on the awesome indoor Hopscotch court.

Playing Together: Games was developed and designed for children of all ages by The Children’s Museum of Memphis and is sponsored locally by Homewood Suites, Nedde Real Estate, and Saba Marine.