H-E-B Body Adventure: Be healthy and have fun at the Witte Museum

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It’s the “Summer of the Body” at the Witte Museum, with two exhibits for your family to enjoy: the H-E-B Body Adventure and Grossology.

We have a family membership to the Witte and visit regularly, but earlier this summer we got a special treat—a blogger meetup at the Witte so we could experience these exhibits with our friends and all our kids playing in the museum together. Also, the Witte gave each blogger a set of four passes for free admission. Several bloggers have already given away their passes this summer: Alamo City Moms BlogMy Tots Travel, Champagne Taste Beer Budget, and Lone Star Signers; even though their giveaways are over, it’s still fun to see their photos and read their impressions. I’m giving away my four free passes this week; to enter, please leave a comment below, no later than August 6, 2014, to share why you want to visit the Witte. I will pick a winner and send notice by email on August 7.

The Witte Museum’s Summer of the Body is an opportunity for kids to learn how to stay healthy, and it’s also a lot of fun.

H-E-B Body Adventure in the treehouse at the Witte Museum | San Antonio Charter Moms

On our first visit to the H-E-B Body Adventure, F.T. (my seven-year-old son) seemed surprised by how much it had changed. We had spent many happy hours at old Science Treehouse, with its assortment of simple machines, green technology demonstrations, and engineering toys. The H-E-B Body Adventure focuses on life sciences, but I know the Witte is still committed to young engineers and physical scientists, too, through events like Build It! (see this earlier post), traveling exhibits (like Alien Worlds and Androids, in this post) and new permanent exhibits, including a water resources center, that will emerge from the Witte’s ongoing major transformation; see “Witte Museum Soon To Be Unrecognizable”, Jack Morgan, Texas Public Radio, July 25, 2014; “Witte Museum Part 2: The Timeline For Renovations”, Jack Morgan, Texas Public Radio, July 28, 2014. Note: for two years, starting September 2, the Witte’s main entrance will move to the H-E-B Body Adventure.

Learn about exercise at the H-E-B Body Adventure at the Witte Museum | San Antonio Charter Moms

Once F.T. got over his surprise, the new exhibits quickly won him over. They are visual, interactive, and provide various levels of challenge. The exhibits brought out his independence and confidence, and their lessons have stuck with him.

Power Pass at H-E-B Body Adventure at the Witte Museum | San Antonio Charter MomsThe first step is getting a Power Pass. F.T. likes to type in his own name and choose a buddy, a regular person who has recorded video clips to help guide you through the adventure. The Power Pass will collect data from each station; at the end of your visit, you can print out a personalized report.

The first floor has an exercise theme. You can see your heartbeat, measure your stride, raise your body heat on the Move It game floor, and take a virtual cycle ride down the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River. The pulleys are back, and the tractor seats have a fresh coat of paint. It’s a great place for kids to learn and burn energy at the same time.

Texas Trailblaze at H-E-B Body Adventure at the Witte Museum | San Antonio Charter Moms

The second floor’s theme is healthy eating. You can jump on a stair climber to find out how long it takes to burn off a cup of sugary soda.

Burn off a soda at H-E-B Body Adventure at the Witte Museum | San Antonio Charter Moms

F.T.’s favorite station is “Build a Balanced Meal”—he is still trying to beat this game.

Build a Balanced Meal game at the H-E-B Body Adventure at the Witte Museum | San Antonio Charter Moms

F.I.S.H. in "Build a Balanced Meal" game at the H-E-B Body Adventure at the Witte Museum | San Antonio Charter MomsIf you don’t feed your buddy a balanced meal, by putting virtual foods on a plate, then he or she can’t walk all the way down the Museum Reach of the Riverwalk. The virtual walk includes local landmarks, such as F.I.S.H.

The “Build a Balanced Meal” game made an impression. At home, while drinking a glass of milk and eating a couple of hot dogs with buns, F.T. asked:

“Is this a balanced meal?”

“No,” I said. “You still need your fruits and veggies.”

So I fixed him a bowl of strawberries. He smiled with satisfaction and ate the berries, knowing that he was indeed eating a balanced meal.

Bells and chimes on the rooftop at H-E-B Body Adventure at the Witte Museum | San Antonio Charter Moms

The rooftop has calming bells and windchimes, sending soothing sounds over Brackenridge Park and the San Antonio River.

View of Brackenridge Park and the San Antonio River from the rooftop of the H-E-B Body Adventure at the Witte Museum | San Antonio Charter Moms

The basement of the Treehouse has a demonstration kitchen. For kids age three and younger, there is a mini playground with giant fruits and veggies for climbing and sliding.

Fruit and veggie playground for young children at H-E-B Body Adventure at the Witte Museum | San Antonio Charter Moms

We’ll be coming back to the H-E-B Body Adventure many times, I’m sure.

The H-E-B Body Adventure is a permanent exhibit in the treehouse, and Grossology will be at the Witte through November 3, 2014. To enter to win a four-pack of passes for museum admission, leave a comment no later than August 6, 2014; tell us what you are looking forward to seeing at the Witte. I will randomly choose a winner and send a notice by email on August 7; once I have the winner’s address, I will send the passes by first class mail.

Disclosure: The Witte Museum hosted my friends, our kids, and me at the H-E-B Body Adventure and Grossology for free, and gave each blogger (including me) a four-pack of passes to the museum to give away to our readers.

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  1. Can’t wait to see how GROSS Grossology is!!!!

  2. Awesome .. I have only heard great things about this museum! We’ve been here for almost 4 years and have been around this area but have never stopped and taken a look.

  3. We want to experience it all! We’ve never been!

  4. I love the Witte because there’s something for everyone, particularly the little ones! Being able to explore inside and outside is so much fun!

  5. I have been wanting to take my boys to see Grossology- since they’re going through a Grossology kind of phase in life right now!

  6. I took my students on a field trip there appx 10 years ago for Grossology. Learned how much urine our bladders can hold. I’d like to share this gross knowledge with my own children now!

  7. My family & I are looking forward to visit the Witte Museum, because of the HEB body adventure & Grossology. These exhibits will teach my kids on why it’s important to eat heathy and stay fit. Kids now on days, don’t go outside as much (well like I used to as a kid) It would be nice if we won tickets to the Witte, these exhibits make it fun & interesting for the kids to learn about the body.

  8. I have three boys and anything Gross is right up their alley

  9. cant wait to see the giant fruits! but really everything look so neat now

  10. I hope to see to all the new stuff they have since we havent been there for about 2 years

  11. My daughter loves all things gross so deginity want to see the grossology exhibit!

  12. I am a biology major and just love anatomy & the way the human body works. I would love to take my kiddos to see the grossology exhibit!!! 🙂

  13. We are looking forward to both the grossology and body adventure exhibits. I have been really trying to emphasize healthy choices with my four year old lately and the gross stuff is always has entertainment value. 🙂

  14. We want to visit the Witte to check out the new HEB body area. The old Treehouse was cool be needed updating.

  15. Our son is two, and really into exploring, touching, and figuring out how everything works. We can’t wait to take him here! He’ll hopey be getting a little sibling soon, so it’d be nice to do this one-on-one with home before then.

  16. Never been there..would love to take the Kids!

  17. I would like to be able to take my children to Witte – Grossology. Have fun and learn from new experiences all together. I want my kids to remember and learn from every moment we spend. I think this musseum is a perfect place for the children to discover their own bright future.

  18. I would like for my son to learn what being unhealthy and healthy means; by seeing, listening and investigating the human body from someone elses point of view. I want him to become motivated in applying a healthy lifestyle and understanding he doesn’t have to loose all his favorite food.

  19. This would be a fun experience with my family!! I want to see the new things the Witte has!! Healthy choices!!

  20. My kids would really enjoy some time at the Witte soon! This is the first summer in a long time that I’m working and I wasn’t able to take them on any fun adventures. It looks like this exhibit would be a great way to make it up to them.

  21. It would be our 1st time experiencing the Witte. My boys are younger (3 & 6) so we have kept to the children’s museum’s but my 6 year old has been asking to go check out Grossology. I have been hesitant since I am not sure how the 3 year old would do but after seeing the pictures of the body adventure & treehouse, I think they will both enjoy it!

  22. We would LOVE the passes! We haven’t been in SA that long and haven’t made it to the Witte. It’s such a great place and my 4 year old would absolutely love it!!!

  23. We need to go back and check out the new stuff. Last time we were there, the HEB Treehouse was closed for remodeling, much to the chagrin of the little ones.

  24. Looking forward to the HEB Body Adventure. We haven’t been to the Witte since it opened. Also Grossology sounds fun. 🙂

  25. We are looking forward to visit the Witte Museum before school start!

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