Enhanced and Expanded Hidden Hollow™ Splash Area
The popular Splash area in Hidden Hollow™ will be enhanced through the addition of a dramatic waterfall and discovery streams where children can explore water flow, measurement, and evaporation, and conduct “sink or float” experiments.
Beginning September 5, Hidden Hollow™ will be inaccessible during construction, but visitors can go to the treehouse, view the construction, and learn more about the new activities and features. They can also enjoy some Hidden Hollow™ activities near the Parade Field.
The expected completion date is October. Please watch our website and e-newsletter for construction updates.
This project is made possible by the generous support of the James M. Stoneman Charitable Fund, The Dorr Foundation, and The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Trust.
About the Expanded Splash Area
The most popular feature in Heritage Museums & Gardens’ Hidden Hollow™ two-acre outdoor discovery area is the Splash area, which currently includes a hand pump that children use to fill buckets, watering cans, and other vessels with water. Enhancement of the area, which begins September 5, will provide children and families with expanded outdoor exploration activities in Spring 2018.
New features in the fully accessible Splash area include a dramatic waterfall, two streams for hands-in water experimentation, and opportunities to build dams, measure water flow, and experiment with how objects sink or float. The new features will expand children’s exposure to STEM ideas as they experiment with a multitude of science concepts, including physics (flow and motion), chemistry (solutions and cohension), biology (plant and animal life), and mathematics (measurement, equivalence, and volume).
About Hidden Hollow™
Nestled in a two-acre dry kettle hole—a glacially formed depression common to Cape Cod—Hidden Hollow’s unique topography provides a stimulating and beautiful outdoor setting for discovery and learning. Children can climb stepping stumps, navigate log balance beams, construct forts, create nature-inspired art, build with blocks, dig in sand, experiment with water, make music, engage in sensory investigation with plants, and more. Since Hidden Hollow™ opened in August 2010 as one of New England’s first certified Nature Explore Classrooms, more than 380,000 children, teachers, and families have spent the day engaged in outdoor discovery.