IF YOU GO

Midlands International Auto Show

When: Thursday through Sunday

Where: CenturyLink Center Omaha

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Admission: Adults, $9; seniors, $6; children ages 7 to 12, $5; childrens ages 6 and younger, free. Persons with military ID, $6. $1 off coupons available at all participating auto dealers. Admission into Brain Busters doubles as your entry to the auto show and vice versa.

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Keep your eyes peeled. A Maze of illusions is winding its way to Omaha.

The mind-boggling experience, created by Minotaur Mazes in Seattle, will be part of the Brain Busters exhibit this weekend at the Midlands International Auto Show at CenturyLink Center Omaha.

“Everybody loves mazes a maze,” says Greg Krogen, one of the developers of the traveling exhibit. It has been a popular draw at children’s museums and science centers across the United States and Canada.

Krogen promises mind-bending adventures, 3-D puzzles and problem-solving challenges.

“We are unique in the way we create mazes,” says Krogen. “We started out in 1988 building interactive experiences on dinosaurs and rain forests and other topics. Then we evolved into the science of the maze itself. That has become very, very powerful for us in the development of interactive experiences.”

The Maze of Illusions, which will be at the World-Herald-sponsored auto show, includes a series of physical and mental challenges designed to trick your brain. Disappearing colors and impossible shapes are examples.

“Each maze is problem-solving experience,” Krogen says. “We’ve designed it so that all ages are equally engaged and challenged.”

The Brain Busters exhibit will cover about 6,000 square feet. Krogen recommends allowing about an hour to work your way through the network of intersecting paths, wrong ways and dead-ends. Maze of Illusions alone is a 20-minute experience, he says.

“Adults are not slow to be drawn in,” Krogen says. “There are some significant challenges in the illusions and games.

“Everybody loves mazes. Most people are compelled to walk into it.”

 

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A sneak peek into the maze:

 

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