Jeff Krinks, Adventure Science Center
Adventure Science Center Launches ‘12+ Days of Science’
Full lineup of holiday programs begins Dec. 1
NASHVILLE, Nov. 28, 2012—Twelve days aren’t enough for all the merriment happening at Adventure Science Center this holiday season. Kicking off Dec. 1, the 12+ Days of Science
offers a full lineup of activities for the entire family through Jan. 5, including breakfast with Science Claus, an ornament-making lab, Wacky Dr. Winter, holiday laser shows and much more.
Visitors will have no trouble catching the holiday spirit during the 12+ Days of Science as they enter through the life-size North Pole gates and pass by a 10-foot snowman on their way to three floors of interactive exhibits for all ages.
Among the current exhibits at Adventure Science Center is the annual All Aboard for Trains
, with its dizzying array of displays and working tracks. Visitors can control moving elements of the model as the trains travel through a miniature winter wonderland. And younger children won’t want to miss Thomas the Tank Engine.
Adding to the festivities every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 23, the Sudekum Planetarium is showing a holiday laser program
that features brilliant laser animation and thousands of stars performing to the music of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Burl Ives, Randy Travis, Mariah Carey and others.
And don’t miss Elf Yourself! Day on Dec. 16. Admission is $1 off for anyone who dresses as an elf, Santa or Mrs. Claus.
Adventure Science Center provides an interactive environment where both young and old can engage in fun, educational activities: climb to the top of the 75-foot Adventure Tower and view the Nashville skyline; pilot a full-motion flight simulator; explore the complex systems inside the human body; or travel across the solar system in the massive Space Chase exhibition.
Located at 800 Fort Negley Boulevard in Nashville, the Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday (except Christmas Day) and 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $12 for adults; $10 for children ages 2 to 12 and seniors 65+; and free for certified Tennessee teachers (with valid school ID).
12+ Days of Science Schedule:
Dec. 1 – Breakfast with Science Claus
. Enjoy a special morning with the big man in red. Advance registration required at www.adventuresci.org
Dec. 8 – Science of Sound. Explore holiday music from traditional to extraordinary. Performances include:
- 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Musical Petting Zoo, hosted by the Country Music Hall of Fame. Bang a drum, strum an autoharp and pick a banjo!
- 10:30 a.m. Fiddle Frenzy led by Crystal Plohman, from Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University
- 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. St. Joseph’s Hand Bell Choir
- 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. Science of Sound demonstrations
Dec. 15 – Ornament-Making Labs. Explore technology to design and animate a prototype ornament. Work with members of the Middle Tennessee Robotics Society to build an electronic ornament powered with an LED for holiday pizzazz! For younger visitors, explore traditional ornament making with a space theme.
Dec. 16 – Elf Yourself! Discount Day. Dress up like an elf, Santa or Mrs. Claus and receive $1 off general admission.
Dec. 20 – Wild Winter Weather Day. Explore the wild winter weather in Nashville, learn the science behind how a real meteorologist determines the forecast, and try your hand at weather prediction.
Dec. 21 – Penguin Power with Snowbird! (Interactive Demonstration). Ever wonder how penguins survive in the cold, snowy weather? Join the most famous penguin in Middle Tennessee and learn how the different physical characteristics of penguins help them adapt to their unique environment. Repeated Dec. 28.
Dec. 22 – Winter, It’s Not for the Birds! Learn about the birds of Tennessee, bird migration and how you can take part in a North American citizen science project with the Nashville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society. Plus, make your own winter bird feeder to take home.
Dec. 24 – Explore Hidden Worlds. How can looking at objects in infrared help us understand materials? Explore the science of heat and temperature at ASC’s special infrared wall. Repeated Jan. 3.
Dec. 26 – Exploration: Deep Freeze. Discover what happens to everyday objects when they are cooled down to -321 degrees Fahrenheit. Watch as ASC’s science educators use liquid nitrogen to turn the air in a balloon into a liquid, use a banana as a hammer, and make a tasty winter treat. Repeated Jan. 4.
Dec. 27 – Polar Pointers. Learn the science of magnets, magnetic fields, magnetic levitation, and much more. Repeated Jan. 5.
Dec. 29 – Wacky Dr. Winter. How does the Tennessee winter compare to wintertime in the farthest reaches of our solar system? Discover the chilling facts as extraterrestrial visitor Dolc Ezzerf, a.k.a. Wacky Dr. Winter, shares the cold truth of life on a planet with a temperature of 300 degrees below zero. From frozen foods to icy sports and nearly lethal snowball fights, visitors of all ages will delight in this freezing frolic of winter fun.
Dec. 31 – Happy “Noon” Year! Celebrate the New Year without staying up until midnight. It’s a fun way for families with younger children to celebrate together, make some memories and encourage science learning.
About Adventure Science Center
For more than 65 years, Adventure Science Center has brought science to life for students, teachers and families in Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, Northern Alabama and beyond. The Center offers hands-on, interactive exhibits and engaging programs that encourage visitors of all ages to explore how science is relevant in their lives. Adventure Science Center encourages imagination and curiosity in a fun, dynamic learning environment. For more information, call (615) 862-5160 or visit www.adventuresci.org
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