Sensory Friendly Night Returns on March 17

Sensory Friendly Night DSC-2662On Tuesday, March 17, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the Greensboro Science Center (GSC) will once again host an after-hours Sensory Friendly Night. This 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.

Additional Sensory Friendly Nights are scheduled for September 15 and October 20. 2020 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 and Autism Unbound for their support of this program.

Greensboro’s Earth Day Celebration

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The Greensboro Public Library, Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department and the Greensboro Science Center (GSC) are teaming up to honor Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary at Greensboro’s Earth Day Celebration. This free, community-oriented event will take place at Country Park on Saturday, April 18, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Greensboro’s Earth Day Celebration is designed to encourage members of the community to learn about – and adopt – sustainable practices that will help care for the Earth. Guests will be invited to discover nature as they explore trails, meet live animals and learn about sustainable gardening.

Dozens of ecological organizations will be on hand with displays and hands-on activities highlighting everything from alternative vehicles to earth-friendly science spotlights. Live music, hayrides, food trucks and family-focused games and activities will enhance the celebratory atmosphere.

Martha Regester, the GSC’s VP of Education, says, “Fifty years is a milestone for Earth Day and we’re looking forward to the next 50 years of caring for this planet’s resources. Country Park’s trails and accessibility are a true Greensboro gem and we are excited to have so many area partners sharing their expertise with families.”

Guests are encouraged to enter the celebration at Jaycee Park, located at 3802 Jaycee Park Drive. Admission is free. Learn more at www.greensboro-nc.gov/earthday.

Pajama Jam Returns March 13

The Greensboro Science Center (GSC) is pleased to announce that its annual family-friendly conservation fundraiser, Pajama Jam returns on Friday, March 13, 2020. This after-hours pajama party designed for families with children ages 12 and younger features crafts, games, live music by Big Bang Boom, face painting, and refreshments courtesy of Chick-fil-A. Attendees are encouraged to wear family-friendly pajamas to the event.

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Two ticket options are available for Pajama Jam:

Regular Ticket (includes event activities and light refreshments – nuggets, fruit and a cookie – from 6:00pm – 9:00pm)
• GSC Member (ages 1+): $10
• Non-Member (ages 1+): $12
• Under Age 1: FREE

VIP Experience (includes seated dinner – sandwich, fruit and a cookie – with the Chick-fil-A cows from 5:30pm – 6:00pm, plus event activities and light refreshments from 6:00pm – 9:00pm)
• GSC Member (ages 1+): $13
• Non-Member (ages 1+): $15
• Under Age 1: FREE
VIP Experience is limited to 100 guests.

Proceeds from Pajama Jam support the GSC’s conservation fund, which aim to preserve species and habitats through on-site programs, community awareness, field studies and fundraising for local and global conservation efforts. Tickets can purchased on the GSC’s website at: https://www.greensboroscience.org/conservation/pajama-jam/index.html.

First Sensory Friendly Night of 2020 Scheduled for February 18

On Tuesday, February 18, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the Greensboro Science Center (GSC) will host its first Sensory Friendly Night of 2020. This after-hours event is designed specifically for guests with sensory-related challenges, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, and their families.

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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 taking place throughout the evening is available so guests can build their own schedule prior to arrival. A social narrative is also online to prepare guests about what they can expect during their visit.

Additional Sensory Friendly Nights are scheduled for March 17, September 15, and October 20. 2020 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 and Autism Unbound for their support of this program.

2020 Trivia Night Dates Announced!!!

The Greensboro Science Center (GSC) is excited to announce the dates for seven Trivia Night events coming to its Science Advancement through Innovative Learning (SAIL) Center in 2020. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and trivia will begin at 7:00 p.m. on each of the following evenings:

  • January 14
  • February 11
  • March 10
  • April 14
  • September 8
  • October 13
  • November 10

Participants are encouraged to form team of up to six individuals. Trivia is divided into three rounds made up of 10 questions each. Each round is themed differently to cover a variety of topics, but science is always featured prominently.

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Jessica Gouge, the GSC’s Events Manager, says, “We’re excited to begin a new year of Trivia Night events! We are hoping these free, after-hours opportunities will become fun, regular outings for members of our community. There will be plenty of opportunity for all types of knowledge, from science to pop culture, so we encourage everyone to give it a try and see if they can win the Golden Flamingo!”

Trivia Nights are free to attend and complimentary snacks and drinks are provided.

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.