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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

FREE Admission to SciWorks this Saturday!

By Debbie Cesta, VP Development and Marketing for SciWorks

Mark your calendars! Smarty Sponsor SciWorks is offering FREE admission for all on Saturday, November 7th from 11 am to 5 pm!

Did you know that SciWorks was voted by Parents Magazine to be in the top 25 Science Museums for Children – in the U.S.? SciWorks is located in Winston-Salem. A visit to SciWorks is a terrific family outing – learn about science while having fun! It will keep children as young as two-years-old engaged – with “Tot Spots” in each of the main exhibit galleries and KidsWorks, an area dedicated to children seven years and younger. Tot Spots are areas for the preschool age child – with fun, hands-on exhibits with the same theme as the exhibit gallery in which it’s located. Families don’t have to split up. KidsWorks is a room with lots of fun stuff for children under age seven – a small grocery store, puppet theater, puzzles, and an area with padded mats for active movement.

In order to meet the needs of all families, SciWorks redesigned its membership program two years ago. Because families come in so many different “sizes,” there are multiple levels and prices. SciWorks’ membership program is now based on the number of people using the membership. For instance, if you are a small family with just one child, you might purchase a membership called “One Cardholder Plus Two.” The “plus two” would enable you to bring your child and another person (the other parent or a friend, or grandparent perhaps?). This membership costs $80 for unlimited visits in a 12-month period. SciWorks memberships go up to “One Cardholder Plus Four” for $110 and then the “large family membership” for $120 admitting two adults and all children living in one household. SciWorks members can use their membership card to gain free admission to other participating science museums - now more than 290 in over a dozen countries.

If you haven’t been to SciWorks in a while, you ought to go! The current “traveling exhibit” is “The Amazing Feats of Aging!” and even in spite of the name, there are lots of fun and interesting things for children. Explore the mysteries of why and how animals, including humans, age in this colorful, carnival-themed exhibition. Designed for families, adults, and school groups (grades K-8), this highly interactive health science exhibition focuses on the biology of aging, aging across the animal kingdom, healthy aging, and aging of the brain. Discover how normal aging of the brain differs from changes caused by Alzheimer’s disease. Can you affect the aging process? Find out in this fun and informative exhibit about biology, aging, animals, and you!

Presented by the J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, this exhibit invites visitors to consider what aging means and how it impacts them now and in the future. The Amazing Feats of Aging will be at SciWorks through January 2, 2010. Amazing Feats of Aging was created and is toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. The exhibit was funded by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The exhibit’s national tour is sponsored by MetLife Foundation.

See you there!


Rachel H said...

We have a family membership and have really enjoyed not only using it at Sciworks, but at other museums we visit! So nice to take a trip and know we can go to a museum for free while we are there since we have this pass!
An annual membership is a great gift idea for grandparents to give to your kids. We did this last year and it worked out great.

Jen said...

We are big fans of Sciworks. We bought a family membership last year and it has more than paid for itself, even though we live about 30 minutes from it! We always turn to Sciworks on a rainy day when we need to get out of the house and we love when they add a new exhibit in the last room.

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