Ever since I took my cousins to our Downtown museums, my aunt has been telling me about La Rodadora, an interactive children’s museum in Juarez. For the past few years, I’ve been walking to Juarez, but until recently, it had been 12 years since I went further in by car.
We finally set the date and went this past Saturday, and just as I anticipated, I was blown away.
Every section of the museum was enticing and encouraged you to touch or play. A large sandbox prompted children to search for fossils. One play station quizzed you on your knowledge of Juarez’s maquiladora industry. There were giant bubbles, animals, a surfboard simulator and a library that included movie booths where you could watch full-length films . We even got to see a screening of Disneynature’s “Wings of Life” dubbed in Spanish.
In the photo above my name, I’m holding a pig’s heart, which the museum volunteers explained is a lot like a human heart. My family winced when I was asked if I wanted to hold the heart. I couldn’t pass the photo op and the chance to make a face that calls to mind Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley in the “Harry Potter” series. And what is going on with my pinky?
The volunteer took the time to explain the right and left side of the heart along with the chambers and valves. In fact, friendly volunteers from every section made sure to explain how different things worked.
Earlier that day, I ran into KCOS general manager Emily Loya, who explained to me that the volunteers are college students who earn credit by donating their time.
We spent 12 hours in Juarez that day (no, not all at the museum)! It was one of the best days I’ve had with my family, and that certainly won’t be our last visit. I’m so grateful to live in a city that neighbors an immensely vibrant metropolis and to have a family who embraces that.
The work that went into the museum is unbelievable. If you haven’t had a chance to check out La Rodadora, start planning a trip now. You just might have more fun than the kids surrounding you.