GSC Gift Guide: Tuxedo Trot Registration

Is there a running enthusiast or conservationist in your life that you’re still struggling to find the perfect gift for? How about giving them a gift that gives back – registration for the Greensboro Science Center’s Tuxedo Trot?!

Our fourth annual penguin-themed 5K and Kids’ Fun Run will be back on May 20, 2017! This event was created by the Greensboro Science Center’s Conservation Committee to raise funds for endangered African penguins, and 100% of event profits will be donated to the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) to help save these beautiful animals. The bird’s population has declined dramatically in the past 10 years and there is an urgent need of you and your loved one’s help, making this the ideal gift for the conservationist in your life! tuxedo-trot-logo

For just $30 (through January 31, 2017) per person, a registration for the Tuxedo Trot 5K will give your loved ones an exciting, memorable and rewarding day of fun and exercise. For young runners, just $15 (through January 31, 2017) will give him or her a chance to hop, waddle, and stalk through the GSC’s zoo – just like their favorite animals – during the Kids Fun Run! Tuxedo Trot registrations can be purchased online at http://www.tuxedotrot.com/.

With a Tuxedo Trot gift registration, participants will get an awesome T-shirt (T-shirts are only guaranteed to the first 500 registrants), as well as a fun souvenir, refreshments, a day pass to the Greensboro Science Center on race day free of charge – all they have to do is present their race bib to enter – and the chance to win some crazy cool prizes!

Give the gift that gives back with a Tuxedo Trot registration!

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GSC Gift Guide: Admission for a Day!

2016-greensboro-science-center-gift-guide-admissionWe’ve got a great gift idea for the hard-to-buy-for person on your list… admission to the GSC for a day! Give your loved ones a chance to see endangered animals up close, experience life among ancient animals, explore the human body and much more! Families will love learning together and sharing amazing educational experiences with their children, and couples will enjoy a unique date destination!

Tickets can be purchased online at shop.greensboroscience.org and are valid for one year from the visit date selected, giving your loved ones plenty of time to plan a visit. General admission includes entry to the aquarium, museum and zoo, so a full day of education and entertainment awaits. General admission is $12.50 for adults and $11.50 for children and seniors. Children 2 and under are free.

During their visit, your loved ones will get to explore the wonders of ocean life in our aquarium, including a chance to touch stingrays and even bamboo sharks! In addition to a variety of fishes, rays, sharks and even an anaconda, the aquarium also features fan favorites like loveable otters and playful penguins.

Your gift recipients will enjoy interactive experiences throughout our museum, including an extreme weather gallery, a children’s play area called SciPlay Bay, a human body exhibit, dinosaur area, and plenty of amazing snakes, lizards and turtles – including an ancient alligator snapping turtle!

bella-and-lela-javan-gibbons-img_0096The zoo allows your friends and family to see amazing animals like Javan gibbons, maned wolves and a tiger up close. Kids of every age will love the Friendly Farm petting area where they can pet a variety of goats and sheep. In addition to animals, there are interactive exhibits and pollinator gardens to enjoy. Make sure they don’t miss the people on exhibit at SKYWILD!

If the beneficiaries of your gift love their experience, they can apply their gift admission toward a membership. For an additional fee, they can upgrade their gift into a full year of free admission to the GSC – and enjoy many other benefits!

To purchase admission tickets for your family and friends, click here.

GSC Gift Guide: SKYWILD Gift Certificate

GSC Gift Guide: SKYWILD Gift Certificate

Looking for the perfect holiday gift or stocking stuffer for the thrill seeker in your life? How about a SKYWILD gift certificate?! For just $46 per person (including tax), a gift certificate to SKYWILD will give your loved ones an exciting, memorable and rewarding day of adventure. SKYWILD gift certificates can be purchased right on our website at skywild.org.

A gift certificate will allow your loved ones to enjoy two full hours of mentally and physically challenging obstacles that range from beginner levels all the way up to advanced. In addition to completing as many obstacles as they like during their two hour adventure, they can also enjoy a full day of discovery at the Greensboro Science Center! Each SKYWILD ticket includes admission to the GSC for the day.

One distinct characteristic that separates this aerial park from others is that most of the challenges on this course are modeled after the movements of wild animals. For example, the Penguin Waddle obstacle requires you to walk like a penguin by “waddling” across two poles that run parallel from platform to platform. Another example is Leaping Lemurs,

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Leaping Lemurs 

which is made up of a series of swinging wooden platforms that descend from one platform to another. You complete this obstacle by holding on to the white ropes, and reaching out for the next set and step carefully onto the next platform, similar to a lemur leaping around it’s habitat.  

The overall objective of these animal-themed obstacles is to enable participants to experience a variety of animal behaviors while enjoying an exhilarating workout. By imitating animal actions, such as waddling, leaping and crawling, participants will gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the diversity of life.

Give the gift of adventure right here at home with a SKYWILD Gift Certificate!

GSC Gift Guide: Memberships

Looking for the perfect gift idea that’s fun for the whole family? How about a full year of free Greensboro Science Center admission?!?! A GSC membership offers just that – and much more.

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For as little as $32.40 per person (including tax), a membership truly is a gift that keeps on giving. Not only will it give your loved ones a full year of exciting, memorable, and educational visits to the GSC, they’ll also receive lots of discounts — including discounted admission for their guests, discounted OmniSphere Theater and SKYWILD tickets, discounts in the gift shop and cafe, and discounts on birthday parties, classes and camps!

Members will enjoy exclusive invitations and previews of new exhibits and OmniSphere shows. They’ll also receive information about how to get involved in citizen science programs, be the first to learn about upcoming GSC projects, and get exclusive peeks at what happens behind the scenes of the GSC in our member-only e-newsletters.

If your loved ones enjoy traveling, the savings will go even further! GSC members receive free or discounted admission to over 300 Association of Science-Technology Centers and over 150 Association of Zoos and Aquarium facilities, giving your loved ones the chance to explore amazing science centers, zoos and aquariums all around the country (and world!) for a fraction of the cost.

Click here to see the complete list of member benefits and to purchase a gift membership online.

If you’re a boss looking for a great gift for your employees (or an employee looking to encourage your boss to give you an awesome, experiential gift!), you’ll want to check out our Business Membership program.

Business memberships include GSC membership cards in the company’s name for employees to use. During their visit, employees using the business membership will also receive discounts in the gift shop and cafe. It’s a great way to show your employees your appreciation while supporting science education!

Click here to view business membership levels and to download a business membership order form.

Whether you’re looking for a gift for a family or for your employees, the GSC has a membership program that’s right for you!

Gift Idea: Inside Tracks

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for that special someone in your life, consider giving him or her an experience instead of a “thing” this holiday season! With three awesome behind-the-scenes experiences to choose from, Greensboro Science Center Inside Tracks programs make a great gift for any animal lover in your life!

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Looking for a memorable experience sure to make the penguin fan in your life smile? How about an engaging experience where they will actually be within wings-width of our penguins? Inside Tracks: Penguin Encounters are the perfect gift for anyone six years old or older!

Give the gift of discovery and let your animal lover come nose to beak with one of our engaging African penguins! Participants get to go behind the scenes, talk with our experts and watch and take photos as a couple of our penguins investigate the encounter room and enrichment items. Each penguin personality is different, just like each encounter!

This “Inside Track” offers penguin lovers the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of our favorite feathered friends. This unique experience starts in the food prep area to see what’s on the menu for our whole colony; you also pick out an enrichment item for the birds that the participants will meet. Then the group will catch up with our keeper and watch a few minutes of our afternoon feeding before stepping behind the scenes to learn more about penguins in our encounter room. As the keeper wraps up the afternoon feed, he or she will join participants to interact with our penguin.

The birds that work with us in the encounters are generally well-behaved around people, but everyone has an off day. Touching the penguin is likely, but not guaranteed. Make sure the recipient of this special gift doesn’t forget the camera! This photo opp may be worthy of next year’s holiday card!

Penguin Encounters can accommodate 8 participants and cost $45 per person in addition to general admission or membership.

Inside Tracks: Aquarium Adventure

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Do you have a fish lover or aquarium enthusiast in your life? Give them an Aquarium Adventure gift certificate and show them what lies behind the scenes of an amazing aquarium! This gift is perfect for anyone eight years old and older.

The recipient of this one-of-a-kind gift will get to go behind the scenes of our aquarium, visit our animal holding areas and learn how we care for our animals and exhibits! Participants will get to see what’s on the menu for our aquarium animals, check out our maze of pumps and filters, and visit the top of the shark tank. Plus, as we await the opening of our aquarium expansion, participants will be among the first to see some of the awesome animals we’re caring for behind the scenes for these amazing exhibits!

Each Aquarium Adventure can accommodate up to 12 people, and costs $15 per person in addition to general admission or membership..

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Does the special someone in your life prefer learning about our zoo animals over our aquarium animals? Purchase him or her an Inside Track: Zoo Trek experience that will give him or her the opportunity to participate in enrichment activities and learn from zookeepers in an exclusive, behind the scenes setting!

Being an outdoor experience, Inside Tracks: Zoo Trek is only offered March – November, so the excited anticipation of what’s to come will last at least a few months! Activities on a Zoo Trek may include a face-to-face red panda encounter, sprinkling or feeding our giant Aldabra tortoises, giving our tiger or lemurs a treat, or other wonderful – and memorable – experiences! This is an active walking experience, so be sure your gift recipient is up for a bit of activity!

Zoo Trek participants will start in the food prep area to see what’s on the menu for our whole zoo and also pick up some enrichment treats to share with the animals. Then they will walk to four different animal exhibits, where they will meet a keeper and step behind the scenes. Participants will have the opportunity to  learn more about individual animals who live here and about important conservation issues surrounding their species in the wild.

Don’t forget to bring a camera or cell phone for pictures – this is another experience that just might make it on next year’s holiday card!

Zoo Trek can accommodate up to 8 individuals and costs $50 per person in addition to general admission or membership.

How To Purchase

Gift certificates for each Inside Track may be purchased online. You can either email the certificate to the recipient or download a gift certificate to give in person. If the recipient is not a member, general admission can be purchased online as well to accompany the gift.

These experiences are not set up for a party, but small groups can celebrate special occasions (like having the family together for the holidays!). All participants under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult, with a maximum of 2 children under 16 per paying adult, making this experience perfect for the whole family!

Buy the animal enthusiast in your life the experience of a lifetime with one of our Inside Tracks experiences. It is sure to bring a smile – and plethora of memories – for years to come!

Greensboro Science Center Gift Guide

Christmas music has begun on WMAG, which means it’s time to start thinking about holiday gift giving! It might seem early, but finding the perfect gift takes time… Hence, our holiday gift guide series! Our guide is filled with great ideas from amazing animal encounters to a full year of family adventure!

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Greensboro Science Center gifts are not only fun, educational, and memorable, but they also support a great cause! As a 501 (3) (c) non-profit organization, the dollars you spend here go right back into our organization – helping to feed our animals, enhance our exhibits, develop our programs, and make science more exciting for the Triad and beyond! GSC gifts truly are gifts that give back.

Check out a list of ideas below. We’ll add more information about each in the coming weeks and update the links so you can use this post as a one-stop shop for all of the information you need!

For the Animal Lover:

For Kids and Families:

*Special Notice: Greensboro Science Center Members receive 50% off during our annual Members-Only Holiday Sale (November 14 – 20, 2016).

For your Employees:

For the Athlete:

  • Tuxedo Trot Registration
  • SKYWILD Gift Certificate

Stay tuned! We’ll post more details about each of these gift ideas over the next several weeks!

A Gift for the Kids: Pajama Jam Tickets!

Big Bang BoomPajama Jam tickets make a great gift for the lucky child in your life. Featuring Big Bang Boom and an evening of farm-themed fun with Chick-fil-A, it’s an event they – and you – won’t want to miss! The 2016 Pajama Jam is January 22 from 6 – 9pm at the Greensboro Science Center.

Pajama JamPajama Jam is a fun-filled, after-hours party sponsored by Chick-fil-A designed especially for families with children ages 12 and younger. Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite jammies and join us as we dance to the rockin’ tunes of Big Bang Boom while enjoying plenty of farmyard fun!

Chick-fil-AGuests will have the opportunity to explore the museum and aquarium, and watch a special show in the OmniSphere Theater. Play games like bean bag toss, pin the tire on the tractor, clothes pin drop, and more! Participate in activities including face painting and balloon animals – and meet the Chick-fil-A cows as they graze through the Greensboro Science Center! Chick-fil-A will also provide tasty treats (included in ticket price) for all Pajama Jam guests.

Tickets are $10 for Greensboro Science Center Members and $12 for Non-Members. They can be purchased online, on site or over the phone at 336-288-3769. We’ll see you there!

Want to see what to expect? Check out photos from our 2015 Pajama Jam.