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: 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.

“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.