‘TIS THE SEASON FOR SCIENCE
Holiday Pajama Drive Benefiting Hospitalized Children
(West Palm Beach, Fla.) – The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is heating up the holidays with seasonally-themed activities, camps and special events through February 2020. Santa’s helpers of all ages can enjoy the wide range of seasonal offerings, including making their own snow, rocking out to favorite festive classics with laser light shows in the planetarium and experimenting with frigid science demos.
The highlight of the season is “Noon Year’s Eve,” a family event to help ring in the new year. Staying up to bring in 2020 will be easy with a midday dance party, science crafts, themed activities and food. A dry ice apple cider toast at noon will usher in the new year. The event runs from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 31. Event is included with paid admission and is free for members.
New this year, the Science Center is partnering with Casey Cares, an organization offering critically ill children positive experiences and support. Guests attending Noon Year’s Eve are asked to wear pajamas and bring a pair to donate so hospitalized children do not have to wear gowns.
“This is the perfect opportunity to make a difference this season,” said Kate Arrizza, CEO of the Science Center. “We are also going to dress up some of our dinosaurs on the Fisher Family Science Trail, so don’t sleep on this fun opportunity! We want to make sure the kids keep learning outside the classroom, and these holiday-themed activities and camps are a great way of keeping them engaged.”
All donated pairs of pajamas should be new with tags intact and sized for kids aged anywhere from 18 months to 18-years-old. “Casey Cares is excited to partner with the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium,” says Jennifer McCorvey, Casey Cares Development Director of the Southern Region. “Having a community partner that cares as much about children as we do is a great way to start 2020! Donations from the Noon Year’s Eve party will help us provide services to families here in our community at a very fragile time for them. We are looking forward to an exciting event and a growing relationship.”
Winter camps are scheduled until the end of February at the Science Center, and these science adventures will be offered at both the Science Center and the STEM Studio on Main Street in Jupiter. From turtle talks to storm chasing and robotic learning, there’s something for everyone.
Guests can also experience the blockbuster exhibit, Hall of Heroes, which examines the science behind fan-favorite characters like Iron Man, Wonder Woman and The Hulk. Visitors can also enjoy the beautiful weather by playing a round of mini golf on the Conservation Course, recently named one of the Travel Channel’s top 13 mini golf courses in the country.
Admission to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is $17.95 for adults $15.95 for seniors, $13.95 for kids ages 3-12 and free for members and kids under 3. Planetarium shows and mini golf are not included in general admission pricing.
The mission of the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is to “open every mind to science” and in addition to its fresh and saltwater aquarium and new backyard Science Trail, the indoor/outdoor venue features more than 100 hands-on educational exhibits, a digital planetarium, conservation research station, Florida exhibit hall, Pre-K focused “Discovery Center,” an interactive Everglades exhibit and the 18-hole Conservation Course – an outdoor putting course with science-focused education stations. The newest addition includes a $2.5 million permanent exhibit, “Journey Through the Human Brain” and features the most advanced neuroscience research and technology in the world. Hall of Heroes runs through April 19, 2020.
For more information about the Holiday Schedule, the Conservation Course, or other Science Center programming, please call 561-832-1988 or visit www.sfsciencecenter.org. Like the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram @SFScienceCenter.
Please see below for specific information about the seasonal activities now being offered at the Science Center.