Greensboro Science Center Celebrates the North Carolina Science Festival

The Greensboro Science Center (GSC) is proud to participate in the North Carolina Science Festival throughout the month of April by hosting seven on-site events designed to inspire scientific curiosity. The North Carolina Science Festival is a month-long celebration of science that brings hundreds of events focused on fun, interactive science learning opportunities to communities throughout North Carolina.

Official events hosted by the GSC are as follows:

Tuesday, April 9
Science Trivia: Brewing Up Science
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
To honor both the North Carolina Science Festival and North Carolina Beer Month, April’s trivia night will highlight the science behind brewing. This event is free to attend.

Friday, April 12
Brews & Bubbles
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Guests of this annual conservation fundraiser will sample science – and beer – while learning about the GSC’s conservation efforts. This event is limited to guests ages 21+. Tickets are $40 for GSC members and $45 for non-members. Tickets are available online at greensboroscience.org/conservation/brews-and-bubbles/.

Saturday, April 13
Turtle Dog Day
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Specially trained dogs will be tracking box turtles for GSC staff members to tag and release. Research collected about these animals will be submitted to the Box Turtle Connection. This event is free to attend.

Saturday, April 13
North Carolina Star Party
8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
The GSC and Greensboro Astronomy Club invite the public to see what’s up in the night sky! Telescopes will be provided, but guests are welcome to bring their own. This event takes place rain or shine and is free to attend.

Saturday, April 20
Science Extravaganza!
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
GSC guests will be invited to sample multiple branches of science by experiencing robots in action, nano stations, outdoor fun, must-see shows, and more. Activities are included with general admission or membership.

Saturday, April 27
Tuxedo Trot 5K and Kids’ Fun Run
8:00 a.m. (5K), 9:00 a.m. (Fun Run)
Participants will run, walk or waddle to the finish line to help save endangered African penguins. Race registration is required and is available online at www.tuxedotrot.com.

Saturday, April 27
World Penguin Day
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Guests are invited to celebrate African penguins and discover how they can help this species in need. Activities are included with general admission or membership.

Martha Regester, the GSC’s VP of Education, says, “We love science every day, but the North Carolina Science Festival gives us a chance to highlight different areas of hands-on science, from astronomy to zoology. We hope that families will come out to join us throughout April to celebrate science and maybe find a new favorite area to explore!”

Pajama Jam Tickets On Sale Now

Pajama-Jam-Image-for-Solar-TreeTickets are now on sale for the Greensboro Science Center’s (GSC) annual family-friendly conservation fundraiser, Pajama Jam. The event will take place on Saturday, March 30, 2019. 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.

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.

Media Release: Shark Week Coasts into the Greensboro Science Center

GREENSBORO, NC — The Greensboro Science Center (GSC) is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week from Monday, July 23 – Saturday, July 28 with crafts, education stations and games from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. daily. In addition to ongoing activities, including coloring pages, temporary tattoos and photos with Finny (the GSC’s shark mascot), each day of the week will be themed around a unique educational opportunity. Daily themes are as follows:

Shark WeekMonday, July 23
Munch, Munch Monday
Learn what sharks like to eat and how they snag their snacks!

Tuesday, July 24
Toothful Tuesday
Test your shark smarts with a round of “Myth or Tooth” trivia!

Wednesday, July 25
Wonders Wednesday
Explore sharks’ super powers – like their ability to detect electricity!

Thursday, July 26
Thoughtful Thursday
Discover the importance of shark conservation: Why do we need sharks, and how can we help them?

Friday, July 27
Freaky Friday
Learn about the strangest and most unusual sharks in the sea!

Saturday, July 28
Supreme Saturday
Find out which sharks are the biggest, fastest, oldest, and more!

The GSC’s aquarium is home to four species of shark: sandbar sharks, blacktip sharks, bamboo sharks, and blacknose sharks. Sharks have been selected by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) as a signature species for SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction). SAFE focuses the collective expertise of AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums to save signature species by increasing direct conservation spending as well as increasing work in the field and within zoos and aquariums, and through public engagement. Shark Week is one example of the GSC’s involvement in this vital conservation effort.

Shark Week activities are 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 and Greensboro Science Center Members are free.

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The Greensboro Science Center is 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 www.greensboroscience.org.

Volunteer Spotlight: Paulette W.

At the Greensboro Science Center, we are honored to welcome approximately 750 volunteers each year, giving a cumulative 36,000+ hours of their time. With a friendly greeting and a warm smile, our volunteers help us carry out our mission each day, educating our visitors about our animals and exhibits and inspiring them to learn more.

This week, we’d like to introduce you to Paulette W.

Paulette W.

Paulette says:

I have been volunteering at the Greensboro Science Center since January of 2015.  A typical volunteer commitment for me is 8-10 hours per month even though I work and go to school.  I’m a SciQuarium Docent and a BODIES REVEALED Exhibit Guide.  I also thoroughly enjoy helping out with events such as our Tuxedo Trot, See to Believe Gala and Brews & Bubbles.

Volunteering is always something that I have enjoyed, and have done so since I was 14. I have loved going to the GSC since I moved here in 2008 to attend Guilford College, so I figured I would volunteer in order to learn more about the animals and to be able to be a part of my local community. It’s also a plus that I get to come whenever I want to visit or volunteer. I also love being able to utilize the super fun SKYWILD!

The most rewarding aspect of volunteering for me is when I see what I have taught someone, particularly younger children, really makes a difference. I love being able to see a child take in information I am teaching them and see them utilize it – may it be more questions, or a smile, or perhaps they then teach their family what they just learned. That means more to me than most interactions. Also, I have met some genuinely great people through the GSC. I feel very comfortable and friendly with our volunteer coordinators as well as several volunteers in the Volunteer Program.  Events such as the Volunteer Appreciation Night really put an emphasis on such peer –to-peer interactions.

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.

“Laser Holidays” OmniSphere Show Review

Being your “average” 24-year-old unmarried & childless woman, I had doubts about the likelihood of my genuinely enjoying the GSC’s new holiday OmniSphere show, “Laser Holidays”. Initial thoughts ranged from “It’s too early for this, we haven’t even gotten through Thanksgiving yet!” to “Seems like a good place to take a nap.” To top it off, I’m not a big fan of Christmas music, thanks to the fact that my mom starts playing it incessantly for two months prior to the actual holiday.

Anyway, the song line-up looks like your average fare, so at the very least, I figured I could hum along in order to maintain consciousness. I paid my $3 dues and took a seat near the middle of the room. [Pro-tip: Choose a seat further towards the back so as to have a better view of the whole dome.] The OmniSphere operator gave his usual spiel about not using cell phones or trying to navigate the stairs in the dark, then the 45-minute long holiday journey began.

Some notable moments:

-“Rudolph” had some really cool stuff going on visually. It felt like I was staring at a picture book. Riddle me impressed; I was just expecting lots of twirly lines.

-There’s a Smashing Pumpkins cover song in the line-up! Awesome. My nineties alt-rock loving self was pretty impressed by this. I’ll bet yours will be, too.

-Nat King Cole – you’ve got to respect that man’s version of “The Christmas Song”. CLASSIC.

-There’s an Enya song sung entirely in Irish Gaelic. Did I think this show had any tricks up its sleeve? No way. But well played, “Laser Holidays”.

-Calling all moms! Two words: Mariah. Carey. Your inner eighties queen won’t be able to resist the urge to sing along. Just try to keep your high notes under control….

What I’m saying is, “Laser Holidays” successfully melted my cold, cold heart, right in the middle of November – and there’s no one more surprised by that than me! Did I mention this show isn’t solely concerned with celebrating Christmas? You’ll see Kwanzaa and Chanukah messages sprawling across the dome, too. I would definitely recommend seeing it. It’s only $3 and truly has something for just about everyone.

“Laser Holidays” plays every day at 1pm and is officially deemed appropriate for all ages. Take it from me, the Scroogiest of the Scrooges – it’s not too soon to get into the holiday spirit, after all.

Visit the GSC’s OmniSphere website for more details, or read over the soundtrack here.