PENDLETON — Hey kids, ever wonder what you will look like when you grow up?
Well then, hound your teachers and parents to take a road trip and visit the Tamstslikt Cultural Institute in Pendleton next month.
That's when the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry's (OMSI) traveling exhibit Amazing Feats of Aging opens.
The exhibit features all sorts of magical hands-on exhibits, one of which is a display where you can watch your face age up to 25 years in a few moments.
Other cool aspects of the exhibition include: You can track the U.S. population's increasing life span or search for the biological secrets of aging. You also can find out what causes aging and whether there is a way to slow that process down. And you can see high-tech demonstrations of the human body that illustrate the difference between old and new cells.
"Amazing Feats of Aging offers a high interactive value for school groups with its biology and natural science aspects," said Susan Sheoships, education coordinator at Tamstslikt.
Sheoships said the cultural institute will not hold its annual Lewis & Clark history camps this year and will instead offer free field trips to schools to see Amazing Feats of Aging on designated dates.
"We can also offer limited bus stipends," she said.
Teachers interested in the field trips should contact Sheoships via e-mail at email@example.com or call 1-541-429-7723.
The 2,500-square-foot interactive exhibit explores the science of aging with special emphasis on healthy aging, how animals age and the aging brain.
It also addresses the questions of which cells age the fastest, how response time changes with age and answers what animal species lives the longest.
Sheoships said the exhibition is presented in a colorful, carnival-themed atmosphere where visitors can step right up to a variety of hands-on activities in three thematic areas:
-- In the Mysteries of Aging Revealed, kids can watch themselves age up to 25 years.
-- In The Wild World of Aging, visitors can compare life spans of various species and explore the differences in longevity between males and females.
-- And The Amazing Aging Brain examines the changes that occur in the brain over time and how to nurture the brain throughout your life. This part of the exhibit also compares MRIs of a 27-year-old brain with a 87-year-old brain.
The exhibit runs through July 31.
The Tamstslikt Cultural Institute is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from April through October, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday from November through March.
Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for students and senior citizens, and $17 for families up to four people. Ages 5 and younger get in free.
There also is a free-admission day for everyone on the first Friday of each month.
* Dori O'Neal: 509-582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org