New Project Announcement: Kiwanisaurus Tree House Adventure

The Kiwanis Club of Greensboro and Nat Greene Kiwanis have partnered with the Greensboro Science Center (GSC) to build a one-of-a-kind science exploration playground in the trees. The Kiwanisaurus Tree House Adventure will blend specialized tree houses, interactive adventure bridges and tree-themed play elements with dinosaurs and other science storylines to encourage new perspectives about life and adventure from a birds-eye view.

Thanks to The Kiwanis Club of Greensboro and Nat Greene Kiwanis, guests of all ages – including children younger than 8 (who don’t meet the age requirement for SKYWILD, the GSC’s aerial adventure course) – will now have a new, elevated adventure park to explore. In addition, a significant portion of this new playground will be ADA-accessible. The Hagan Family and the Cummings Family have also generously sponsored individual treehouses that will serve as fun, educational outposts for children of all ages to experience.

Kiwanisaurus Tree House Adventure will be constructed between the GSC’s existing Animal Discovery Zoo and the soon-to-be-built Revolution Ridge zoo expansion.

Kiwanisaurus Tree House Adventure

With gibbons to your back and red pandas to your front, this signature playground will place kids and families at the center of it all as the GSC continues to expand and diversify meaningful and memorable experiences for all guests.

Construction is set to begin this fall and will take approximately four months to complete. GSC staff will add dinosaurs, educational graphics and storylines over the winter in preparation for a Spring 2020 grand opening.

Glenn Dobrogosz, CEO of the GSC, says, “Kiwanis International is at the forefront of building playgrounds across America. Our local friends with Kiwanis have been amazing to work with. We are so thankful that two of our local clubs want to keep this tradition alive right here in Greensboro. Also, the beauty of this tree house design is that it can grow and expand and maybe someday create an incredible bridge between our current and future zoo.”

New Exhibition Reveals Inside Story about Toys

Toys-LogoIf your parents never let you break open your Etch A Sketch® to find out how it works, or if you’ve been wondering how to stop your toddler’s push toy from making such an infernal racket, you’ll love Toys: The Inside Story. Greensboro Science Center (GSC) guests can experience this temporary new exhibit beginning Thursday, September 26, 2019. GSC members are invited to preview the exhibit on Wednesday, September 25 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Toys includes 12 different hands-on stations illustrating the simple mechanisms commonly found in toys and lets guests create their own toy-like combinations of gears, pulleys, linkages, cams, and circuits.

Jack Gets Out of His Box gives guests a close-up view of the cam combination that frees our hero “Jack,” while elsewhere we unmask the amazing collection of switches, cams and motors that make Elmo® dance and Mr. Machine® run.

Many of the exhibit elements are free-form and open-ended: Gears at Play illustrates the effects of gear ratios as visitors figure out how to spin ballerinas and a carousel, while the Jeepers Peepers challenge at the pulley table may take a little experimentation to solve.

The Toys exhibition was developed by the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vt., with funding from a National Science Foundation grant awarded to seven museums nationwide, all seven of which comprise TEAMS (Traveling Exhibits at Museums of Science).

To accompany the exhibit, the GSC’s popular maze will return with a toy theme. Activities in the Toy Maze will include a virtual ball pit, fascinating facts about toys throughout time and hands-on stations that inspire play for all ages.

Toys: The Inside Story and the Toy Maze will be open Thursday, September 26, 2019 through Sunday, January 5, 2020. Admission to both exhibits is free with general admission or 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.

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.

Media Release: Color Maze to Open at the Greensboro Science Center

Color-Maze---OrbsGREENSBORO, NC — On Wednesday, June 27, the Greensboro Science Center (GSC) is bringing back an old favorite with a new twist. The GSC’s popular maze will return as the Color Maze, a puzzling adventure that highlights the science of light and color. GSC members will receive a preview of the exhibit from 9:00 a.m. – noon on Wednesday, June 27 before it opens to all GSC guests at noon.

Upon entering the exhibit, guests will encounter hands-on stations designed to shed some light on everything from optical illusions and color blindness to ultraviolet light and wavelengths. Young children are invited to explore and learn in a play area containing manipulatives like colorful blocks and books about colors. In addition, guests can pop virtual balloons and watch them rain colorful confetti, create colored shadows, and put on a puppet show with shadow puppets.

The maze itself features twists and turns with colorful surprises around every bend. Fireflies are featured in an area designed to enlighten guests about bioluminescence (light produced by living things). Prisms illuminate the mystery behind rainbows, demonstrating how white light is split into the color spectrum. Shooting stars spotlight the science behind the different colors you see when meteors streak through the sky. Fun finds like colorful orbs and a black light zone also await discovery.

Color-Maze-Colored-ShadowsMartha Regester, the GSC’s VP of Education, says, “Color is such a big part of our world and we wanted to shed some light on the fun science behind the spectrum and optics! We think visitors of all ages will really enjoy the exhibit’s special effects and want to play with color.”

Admission to the Color Maze is included with general admission to the Greensboro Science Center. General admission is $13.50 for adults ages 14 – 64, $12.50 for children ages 3 – 13 and $12.50 for seniors ages 65+. Children 2 and under as well as Greensboro Science Center Members are free.

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About the Greensboro Science Center – A premier family attraction in North Carolina that offers the state’s first accredited inland aquarium, a hands-on science museum, an accredited Animal Discovery Zoological Park, a state-of-the-art OmniSphere Theater, and SKYWILD, an animal-inspired treetop adventure park. The GSC is also NC’s only dually accredited AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) and AAM (American Alliance of Museums) science attraction – an honor only 14 attractions in the nation can claim. The Greensboro Science Center is located at 4301 Lawndale Drive in Greensboro and is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. For more information, visit http://www.greensboroscience.org.