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Memorable Hands-On Fun Awaits DSC Holiday Season Visitors

Memorable holiday fun for Da Vinci Science Center visitors starts Friday with the return of the Center’s Thanksgiving Leftover Science activities.

The holiday season will be anchored by the appearance of the exhibition Be the Dinosaur: Life in the Cretaceous. Sponsored locally by ATAS International, Inc., and B. Braun, Be the Dinosaur takes kids inside dinosaurs’ prehistoric world and lets them discover how these amazing creatures thrived in the wild.

The Center is offering $20 gift certificates to the DSC Curiosity Shop with the purchase or renewal of any Family, Family Plus, or Senior Membership through Dec. 31, 2014. The Center also has released its first Holiday Gift Guide for download on the web. The guide highlights entertaining and educational toys, games, and products for kids, adults, and pets.

The Da Vinci Science Center will be closed on Thanksgiving day, Nov. 27, 2014, before holding its Thanksgiving Leftover Science activities from Friday, Nov. 28-Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. The Center also will be open for visitors every day during the holiday season except for Dec. 25, 2014, and Jan. 1, 2015. All experiences will be included with Center admission or membership entry.

The Center’s holiday season schedule of exhibits, events, and programs is as follows:

  • Thanksgiving Leftover Science Adventures: Activities including exploring using cranberries to test pH values; discovering how to pull off a table cloth without disturbing a single dish, a Corn Camouflage game, and the loading and firing of carrot cannons outside the Center’s building; Friday, Nov. 28-Monday, Dec. 1
  • #Giving Tuesday: An online celebration of community philanthropy; Tuesday, Dec. 2
  • Dinos and Fossils: A special fossil presentation for kids and families by David Sunderlin, Ph.D., an Associate Professor of Geology at Lafayette College; Saturday, Dec. 6
  • Dino Days: A variety of fun activities for preschool children; Monday, Dec. 8; Monday, Dec. 15; Monday, Dec. 22
  • Seniors Monday Program: A presentation by David Smith, Ph.D., the Da Vinci Science Center’s Senior Director of Science and Strategic Initiatives, for adults ages 62 and up that highlights how looks can be deceiving when it comes to gemstones; Monday, Dec. 8
  • Joe’s Workshop Program: A program led by handyman Joe Schoenly that lets kids use real workshop tools to build a holiday marshmallow shooter; sponsored by ATAS International; Saturday, Dec. 13
  • Meet the Scientist Event: Appearances by Kelly Schultz, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at Lehigh University, who will introduce visitors to Oobleck – a non-Newtonian fluid made famous in Dr. Seuss books – and John Cigliano, Ph.D., Professor of Biodiversity and Conservation Biology at Cedar Crest College, who will share his ocean diving adventures and help visitors explore ocean acidification; Saturday, Dec. 13
  • Frozen Science Adventures: A variety of activities and stage shows that let visitors explore the ends of the Earth and discover how polar life is different; Friday, Dec. 26-Wednesday, Dec. 31, and Friday, Jan. 2-Sunday, Jan. 4

Times and additional details about the Da Vinci Science Center’s holiday events and programs will be available on the Center’s website.

News Media Contact @DSC: Dennis Zehner, 484.664.1002, Ext. 112
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