Playing with Light: The Magic of Lasers, Holograms & Kaleidoscopes

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Playing with Light: The Magic of Lasers, Holograms & Kaleidoscopes Exhibition

June 17 through September 10

International Feature Gallery

Let there be light! Step out of the darkness and into the light with this exhibition where visitors try to sneak past a laser light security block, step inside a giant kaleidoscope, “draw” with infrared “paint” or make a powerful telescope! 

Playing with Light explores our big bright world and the many ways in which science, physics, and art create light - through 22 innovative interactive experiences with a multitude of outcomes. 

Hands-on interactive experiences

  • Laser Escape: Your mission - break out of a room without setting off alarms with Laser Dodge! 
  • Giant Kaleidoscope: Step inside a room-sized kaleidoscope! 
  • LED Wave: Control a tunnel made of 20,000 lights with your movements!
  • Light Power: Bend light! Paint with Light! "Speed up" or "slow" time with light!
  • Replicate yourself: Walk into a room where there are "infinite" yous! 

Many more experiences, including: Sticky Light, Bendy Mirror (controlled by you!), Computer Vision, Make a Telescope, Change Your View, Color Shadows, Color Mixing, See with a Spectroscope, Fiber Optic Transmission, Freeze Your Shadow, See in Slow Motion, Holograms, Concave Reflections and Polarized Light.

STEAM concepts for all ages

Created by world-renowned Scitech in Perth, Australia, Playing with Light explains hands-on many applications such as vision, the beauty of rainbows, fiber optic communications, holographic security and laser surgery. 

Light provides the basis for much of our current technology and is largely responsible for the way we view our world. However, physics, and in particular, optics, is a subject that is difficult to demonstrate in the classroom without special high-tech equipment

Playing with Light uses specialized equipment, basic physics principles, innovative interactive experiences and a sense of fun that provides an opportunity to engage children and adults of all ages with science, technology, and art.

This exhibition provides excellent opportunities for parents and caregivers to participate in their children’s learning and play experiences, and is designed to engage primary and secondary school students.

Key messages include: How light plays a vital role in our daily lives, how science helps us to describe and explain the behavior of light and to discover even more about the world around us, and how play and experimentation are important for learning.

Click here for the Playing with Light exhibition guide.


Peoria Riverfront Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of our Playing with Light: Lasers, Holograms & Kaleidoscopes presenting sponsor PNC Foundation. The exhibit is also sponsored by Maui Jim, RLI Corp and Vision Care Center, P.C. 

Playing with Light was created by Scitech (Perth, Australia) and is produced by Imagine Exhibitions, Inc.

For more information on Playing with Light - click here!

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