Leadership at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium knows steamy temps won’t ruin their winter wonder, as science is on their side. Using chemical reactions, the education team has created a lineup of seasonal offerings, including “Make-N-Take Snow” and “Grow Crystals” to keep elves of all ages merry this month and through January 4. Offerings include special weekend events, holiday camps during school closures and “Noon Year’s Eve,” so even small celebrators can get in on the fun.
“Families don’t need to travel too far this season to experience snow and all of the wonders of winter,” said Science Center CEO Lew Crampton. “The Science Center is a constant hub of informal science education and themed events during the holidays, keeping small scientists engaged and excited. In addition to snowfall in our forecast, guests can also visit with a paleontologist on select weekends, which is a thrilling complement to our current blockbuster exhibition, Dinosaurs Around the World. ‘Tis the Season for Science!”
Dinosaurs Around the World invites guests to travel back to an age when dinosaurs ruled the planet – no time machine required. In addition to the pack of more than a dozen animatronic dinosaurs that are on display like a prehistoric zoo, the exhibit also features a multi-layered narrative, fossils, authentic casts, cutting-edge research and immersive design elements. The resulting story is a clearly painted picture about the prehistoric planet and its early inhabitants.
Holiday activities include a daily showing of Let it Snow planetarium show at 3 p.m., along with a variety of hands-on crafts and activities on the weekends and during school closures. Freezing fun includes growing crystals, crafting geometric snowflakes and watching snow form during the Make-N-Take Snow activity.** For young Einsteins ages 4 – 14 looking to stay and play all day, the Science Center’s “Winter Wonder Science and Tech Adventures” is available on December 21 – 23, December 28 – 30 and as a one-day camp on Monday, January 4, 2016.*
Admission to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, which includes Dinosaurs Around the World and the Science Center’s permanent exhibits, is $16.95 for adults, $12.95 for children aged 3 to 12, $14.95 for seniors aged 60 and older. Science Center members and children under 3 are free. Planetarium shows and miniature golf are not included in general admission pricing. The Science Center is home to the only planetarium in Palm Beach County, which recently went through a major modern-day technology upgrade to feature the latest in quality advancements. The upgrade was courtesy of a $250,000 gift from the Marvin and Elsie Dekelboum Foundation.
The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is located at 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach and is open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more information about the Science Center’s seasonal offerings, please call 561-832-1988 or visit www.sfsciencecenter.org. Like the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram @SFScienceCenter.
Palm Beach Happening will be covering a number of local and out of town yuletide events this season. Be sure to check out our Holiday Guide for information on our favorite holiday happenings!