Final Sensory Friendly Night of 2019 Scheduled for November 19

GREENSBORO, NC — On Tuesday, November 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the Greensboro Science Center (GSC) will host its final Sensory Friendly Night of 2019. This after-hours event is designed specifically for guests with sensory-related challenges, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, and their families.

Martha Regester, VP of Education, says, “We want everyone to experience science adventures at the Greensboro Science Center, and we know that sometimes the noise, lights, sounds, and smells – and crowds – can be overwhelming. We are really excited to open our doors with a more relaxed night for families with someone whose autism or anxiety makes a visit more challenging during regular operating hours.”

Sensory Friendly Night tickets are free for GSC members and $5 per person for non-members ages 3 and older. Children 2 and younger are free. Tickets can be purchased on site at the GSC’s admission window the evening of the event. Tickets include admission to the GSC’s museum and aquarium, with special quiet and activity zones, games, and sensory backpacks available for loan. The zoo will not be open.

Guests are encouraged to visit the GSC’s website to access downloadable materials that will help prepare for the evening’s activities. Downloadable resources include a map that highlights locations of exhibits and activities as well as locations with sensory extremes, such as loud noises, unusual smells, and bright or dark lighting conditions. A printable photo board denoting the activities available through the evening is also available so guests can build their own schedule prior to arrival. A social narrative is available to prepare guests about what they can expect during their visit.

Although November 19 is the final Sensory Friendly Night for 2019, the GSC is planning to continue these inclusive science opportunities in 2020. 2019 Sensory Friendly Night events have been made possible by the Lincoln Financial Foundation. Special thanks goes to the University of North Carolina TEACCH Autism Program for GSC staff training as well as the Autism Society of North Carolina for their support of this program.

 

Grown-Up Game Night!

The Greensboro Science Center (GSC) is hosting Grown-Up Game Night on Tuesday, December 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for adults ages 21 and older. During the event, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy wine and beer – as well as non-alcoholic beverages – while exploring the GSC after hours in an adult-only atmosphere.

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In honor of the GSC’s current temporary exhibit, Toys: The Inside Story, additional games and activities will be located throughout the museum. Guests will be invited to join GSC staff for a round of trivia, participate in a virtual snowball fight, and try their hand at giant jenga, kerplunk, and cornhole.

Jessica Gouge, Event Manager for the GSC, says, “Everyone deserves a night of fun with friends – and what better place to do it than the Greensboro Science Center! Grown-Up Game Night is a chance to let your inner child out for a night and rediscover your love of science and animals!”

Tickets to Grown-Up Game Night are $8 for Greensboro Science Center members and $10 for non-members in advance. At the door, ticket prices will increase to $10 for Greensboro Science Center members and $12 for non-members. Two complimentary drink tickets are included with each admission and guests will have the opportunity to purchase additional drink tickets during the event.

 

Transit of Mercury Viewing Party!

On Monday, November 11, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., the Greensboro Astronomy Club and Greensboro Science Center (GSC) are teaming up for a Transit of Mercury Viewing Party. The event will take place in front of the Greensboro Science Center’s main entrance and is free for all to attend. Admission to the Greensboro Science Center is not included with this free event; however, general admission tickets may be purchased for those who choose to visit the GSC on this day.

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During the event, Greensboro Astronomy Club members will set up telescopes outfitted with solar filters so guests can safely watch the transit of Mercury across the sun. Additional activities include a gravity well demonstration, coloring pages and an a kid-friendly photo op.

In the event of weather interference, activities will take place in the GSC’s Science Advancement through Innovative Learning (SAIL) Center.

Magical Mondays Coming to the Greensboro Science Center

The Greensboro Science Center (GSC) is celebrating the holiday season with a series of four family-friendly Magical Mondays. These evening events will take place from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on November 25, December 2, December 9, and December 16.

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Santa will be on site meeting guests and posing for photos while Mrs. Claus helps children discover the science of the season. Crafts and activities will be available, including create-your-own ornaments, coral wreath decorating, and DIY snowflakes. Also included in the ticket price are complimentary hot cocoa and cookies, storytelling, and holiday shows in the OmniSphere Theater. The GSC’s Toy Maze, Toys: The Inside Story, SciPlay Bay, and Prehistoric Passages: Realm of Dragons exhibits will also be open for guests to explore. The aquarium and zoo will be closed.

Tickets to Magical Mondays are required for both children and adults. Prices are as follows:

In advance:
$8 for Greensboro Science Center members
$10 for non-members
Children ages 2 and under are free.

At the door:
$10 for Greensboro Science Center members
$12 for non-members
Children ages 2 and under are free.

Tickets are available online at: greensboroscience.org.

Greensboro Science Center Announces Fall Science Cafes

This fall, the Greensboro Science Center (GSC) is hosting two science cafes in its Science Advancement through Innovative Learning (SAIL) STEM Center. On Thursday, October 3, Dr. Katharine Holder will present Trouble in Paradise: Today’s Coral Reef Conundrum, and on Sunday, November 3, Jill Heinerth will present The Science of Cave Diving. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the talks begin at 6:30 p.m. Science cafes are free to attend.

Trouble in Paradise: Today’s Coral Reef Conundrum
Thursday, October 3, 2019; 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Science Cafe: Trouble in Paradise

Dr. Katharine Holder will present this Science Café designed to help guests understand what exactly coral is, why it is important, what threats this delicate and essential ecosystem are facing, and what can be done to protect this valuable resource.

Dr. Katharine Holder is originally from the mountains of North Carolina. She attended North Carolina State University for her undergraduate degree and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree. She currently practices small animal medicine in Chapel Hill, NC. Dr. Holder also has a special interest in the marine world. After vet school, she got a masters degree from George Mason University studying marine conservation. She enjoys SCUBA diving and teaching people about the beautiful world of coral reefs.

The Science of Cave Diving
Sunday, November 3, 2019; 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Science Cafe: The Science of Cave Diving

This Science Café features Jill Heinerth, a veteran of over thirty years of filming, photography and exploration on projects in submerged caves around the world with National Geographic, NOAA, various educational institutions and television networks worldwide.

A sport once tagged as the domain of adrenaline junkies, cave divers have become an important asset to scientists exploring global climate change, archaeology, water issues, and unique biology. Underwater explorer, Jill Heinerth will share stories from expeditions to faraway caves around the world from Egypt to Antarctica and Bermuda to the Bahamas. She’ll offer a fast-paced multimedia show about tiny venomous creatures and ancient lofty stalagmites that tell the story of earth before man.

Red Panda Day Celebration: September 14

red-panda-day-2019On Saturday, September 14, 2019, the Greensboro Science Center (GSC) is celebrating International Red Panda Day with a variety of crafts, games, education stations, and activities. The celebration will take place at the red panda exhibit in the GSC’s zoo from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

During the event, GSC guests will be invited to become Red Panda Rangers – individuals recognized by the Red Panda Networkas those who help spread the word about red pandas. To become a Red Panda Ranger, guests can pick up a passport and travel to stations representing countries in Asia where red pandas are found, complete activities and earn stamps. Participants who complete the passport will be given a small token of appreciation as they are deputized as official Red Panda Rangers.

Red panda paintings, created by the GSC’s red pandas, Tai and Usha, will be available for purchase. Proceeds will be donated to the Red Panda Network. Guests can also support the Red Panda Network by dropping loose change into a red panda bank.

In addition, guests will have the opportunity to symbolically adopt a red panda. Donations made through the GSC’s Adopt An Animal program provide critical support for animal care, education programs and wildlife conservation at the GSC. Adoptions can be made during the event, in the TriceraShop gift shop or online at www.greensboroscience.org/give.

International Red Panda Day activities (excluding donation opportunities) are free with general admission or GSC membership. General admission is $14.50 for adults ages 14 – 64, $13.50 for children ages 3 – 13, and $13.50 for seniors ages 65+. Children 2 and under are free.

See to Believe Returns September 20, 2019

See To Believe 2019

The Greensboro Science Center’s (GSC) annual gala, See to Believe, sponsored by First Bank, will take place on Friday, September 20 from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Each year, See to Believe is uniquely themed to pay homage to the GSC’s distinct experiences, exhibits and milestones.

Back by popular demand, gala guests will enjoy a variety of interactive games, including Giant Jenga, Pacific Plinko and Flaming-O Ring-O. Party goers will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win memorable experiences designed to make dreams come alive – from a private dinner in the aquarium to animal feeding opportunities.

Attendees will be invited to dance the night away with high-energy dance band Fantasy and mingle in the aquarium to the soothing sounds of steel drums. Heavy hors d’oeuvres from Pepper Moon Catering, as well as a variety of premium beer, wine, champagne, and non-alcoholic beverages, will be available for guests to enjoy as they roam, discover and celebrate.

This year, gala attendees can support the GSC’s zoo expansion, Revolution Ridge, and help bring pygmy hippos to the GSC – and North Carolina – for the first time via the GSC’s “Fund the Need” effort. The pygmy hippopotamus is an endangered species with less than 2,500 mature individuals left in the wild, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. The GSC believes it is critical to participate in the Association of Zoos & Aquariums Species Survival Plan® for this species. Gifts given during “Fund the Need” will help in many ways, including building brand new exhibits and covering travel costs for new species.

See to Believe tickets and sponsorships start at $90 and are available online at greensboroscience.org/seetobelieve. Attendees must be age 21 or older.