It’s Auction Time!

Akron Fossils & Science Center’s 12th Annual Auction and Benefit Dinner is fast approaching! This year brings another mystery to be solved as we reprise our CLUE themed mystery dinner night. It’s going to be a fun evening filled with drama, sleuthing, clue finding, and more, all while raising money to support all of the quality, hands-on creation education programming  Akron Fossils and Science Center provides throughout the year.

This year,  Compass Christian Church has once again generously allowed us to hold our auction at its facility, located at 1900 East Avenue, Akron, OH, 44314. On Saturday, November 5th, we will be transforming the church into a live version of the classic mystery game, CLUE, for the second year in a row–but don’t think that means you’ll have all the answers!!

Join Miss Scarlet, Colonel Mustard, Professor Plum, and the whole gang to solve A WHOLE NEW MYSTERY at the Body Mansion! In addition to bidding on our many exciting silent and oral auction items and enjoying a delicious spaghetti dinner, guests will have the chance to search for clues and question suspects as they attempt to solve The Case of the Missing Donation: Part II. 

A peek at all of the fun we had at last year’s mystery dinner!



Businesses and organizations from all over the country have generously donated exciting items for our silent auction, oral auction, raffle, and door prizes.With everything from passes to Walt Disney World, Florida, to gift certificates to play a round of golf, there will definitely be something for everyone at this event. What better place to do some early Christmas shopping??

Check out some of the amazing items up for bid this year!


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*For a full list of our generous donors, please visit the Donor Page on our website*

Every year, Akron Fossils and Science Center strives to bring science from a creation perspective to the Akron community through tours, programming, and outreach.  In addition to our hands-on guided tours, AFSC offers a wide variety of science classes, education days, birthday parties, Super Science Saturdays, outreach speaking, and more.

None of this programming would be possible without the support of generous donors and without the funds raised at our Annual Auction. As  largest, single fundraising event of the year, this event ensures that all of this amazing programming continues for another year.

We hope you consider joining in on this fun event and supporting Akron Fossils & Science Center as we prepare to enter into a new year of bringing fun, quality, creation education to the Akron community!

With tickets available at just $10 for adult tickets, $5 for youth tickets and $50 for a family pass, you could say it would almost be a CRIME not to go!!

Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling Akron Fossils & Science Center at 330-665-DINO (3466)

Spotlight On: Youth Nights

This fall, you may want to consider booking one of our Youth Nights for your youth group or group of students! AFSC offers these nights as both a learning platform for students as well as to give students the opportunity to have their questions about origins, faith, and science answered. 

In a previous post, we discussed the importance of building a strong, scientific knowledge base. Having this foundation allows us to not only defend our faith to others, but also to ourselves. The truth of Biblical creation is scientifically sound, however, many students find themselves ill equipped to defend their faith. This is not due to a lack of evidence, but from a lack of education about the evidence that exists.

The Pew Research Center states that the percentage of adults who claim no religious affiliation is growing, despite the fact that a large percentage (78%) of those who claimed no religious affiliation were raised in the church (Lipka 2016). Perhaps more to the point is that when asked the reasons why they chose to leave the church, about half (49%) indicated a lack of belief as their main reason, including many who mentioned “science,””logic,” and “a lack of evidence” as the reason they no longer believe ( Lipka 2016).

The teen years are a time when many students find themselves faced with similar doubts and challenges to their faith and begin to ask questions.  Questions such as, “Can God’s Word really be trusted in this scientific age?” and  “what about radio-carbon dating-doesn’t it prove the earth is millions of years old?”.  At AFSC, we encourage everyone to ask questions and we want to help you answer them. This is why we offer our Youth Nights. We believe that students deserve to have their questions answered and should be able to face their peers equipped with answers and the confidence that the subject matter they are presenting is scientifically sound.

Youth Nights, offered for groups of 30+ students on Fridays from 6:30- Midnight, allow students to both learn and question in a fun, safe environment. Rather than simply hearing lectures, they will have the opportunity to participate in a discussion. Over the course of the evening, students will take part in group teaching, educational activities, guided tours, and small group discussions.  Of course, they will also have the opportunity to ride our 2o0 ft zip-line!

This is a perfect opportunity for youth groups who are looking to build a solid foundation for their youth, or for any group of students looking to have their questions answered and to have a better understanding of the science behind their faith.

If you are interested in booking a Youth Night for your group and would like more information, call or email us at 330-665-3466 and Click here to download our flier for an event overview and pricing.



Lipka, Michael. “Why America’s ‘nones’ Left Religion behind.” Pew Research Center RSS. N.p., 2016. Web. 20 Sept. 2016.





Summer Camp Fun And Fall Learning!

It’s hard to believe that camp season is over already! With a total of 3 camp themes, 5 sessions, and more campers than ever, this summer has been our most successful camp season to date! Every summer we love getting the opportunity to get our hands on science. This summer, we got dirty digging for dinos and learning about paleontology during our Dino Adventure Camp, became mad scientists and got our hands on fun science and experiments during our Mad Science Camp, and learned all about how to care for creatures of all types during Creature Feature Camp. And of course there was plenty of zip lining and putt putt golf!  We had so much fun and can’t wait until next summer!

Check out all of the fun we had at camps this summer!

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Not ready for the fun to be over? Neither are we! Now that camps are behind us, it’s time to gear up for Simply Science Classes.  Offered for grades K-12 Tue- Thu, these classes are an excellent way to help your children get a hands on, in-depth look at a wide variety of topics. Each class is interactive and  subjects offered include astronomy, biology, botany, human anatomy and physiology, and chemistry! Students may choose to attend the entire 13 week session or may attend on a class by class basis as best fits with their individual curriculum. If you are part of the home-education community, Simply Science Classes are an enriching opportunity you won’t want to miss!

Registration is now open and can be done online, in person, or over the phone (330-665-3466). You can check out the Fall 2016 brochure by clicking here.

Take a look at some of the fun we had in last years Simply Science Classes! Who says learning can’t be fun?!

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“But how do I know if Simply Science classes are right for me?!” you may be asking. That’s why on Friday, September 9th from 5:30-8:30 we are hosting an open house! This FREE event is open to everyone-whether you have attended our classes in the past, are already signed up, or if you are looking to see what its all about!  After a light dinner, you will have the opportunity to see classrooms, meet the staff, preview materials, check out some interactive science journals, and see all that Simply Science has to offer! Did we also mention that our zip-line will be open?! This evening is the perfect opportunity to see what we have to offer, ask questions, and see if Simply Science is right for you. We hope to see you there!

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Spotlight On: Spirit Song

Over the past 11 years, Akron Fossils & Science Center has been fortunate enough to explore creation with the communities of Northeast Ohio. Recently though, we had the opportunity to venture into new territory and share our message with the people of King’s Island! Once a year, King’s Island hosts Spirit Song–a Christian music festival where some of Christian music’s biggest names come together to rock and worship among the roller coasters of southern Ohio!



Can you see any of our shirts in the crowd???


This year, AFSC had the opportunity to join in and set up a vending booth at the event to promote the science center and raise a little money by selling our brand new apparel. As crowds filtered in and out of performances, we had the privilege of meeting so many new people who were enthusiastic about creation education. Everyone loved getting the chance to hold and learn about real fossils and take a shot at winning some of our new apparel by taking our creation science challenge quiz! Can YOU name the ingredients necessary for fossilization?? If you know, leave your answer in the comments (no Googling!!)!


Our  * new merchandise made its public debut as well.  Akron Fossils & Science Center now has 5 t-shirt designs and 2 wristband designs, giving you even more ways to show that you support creation education! Which one is your favorite?




The music at Spirit Song was incredible, as well, featuring artists such as For King and Country, Kari Jobe, Casting Crowns, and more. Having the opportunity to connect with people about God’s creation while some of the top musicians sang about it was a rare treat.  As with many that come through the doors of our science center, the majority that visited our table felt strongly about creation science, but wished they were equipped with more facts and evidence to defend what they believe.  We were excited to chat with concert-goers about the evidence for creation and answer their questions. That is exactly why AFSC was founded. To educate and equip others and send them on to connect even more people to the truth.

While at the festival, we even ran into a few old friends of Akron Fossils & Science Center! It was fun to catch up with them and tell them about all the exciting changes that have been happening with the center this past year. If you haven’t had a chance, make sure to stop by and check out all the updates we’ve made so far! We’re open Tuesday-Saturday until Labor Day!

Overall, our weekend at Spirit Song was a fun time of listening to excellent music, connecting with old friends, and sharing the message of creation with a whole new audience. As Akron Fossils & Science Center continues to grow, we hope to gain even more opportunities to reach beyond our little circle of Northeast Ohio and connect people to the truth!


If you have an event you would like to bring AFSC to, check out our speaking page! We’ll bring the hands-on fun of our science center right to you!


*All of the apparel sold at Spirit Song is now available in our gift shop and online as well! Everyone who purchases online will receive a 25% discount on all adult tees!

Camps and Carnivals!

Our summer hours are finally here! From now until Labor Day, Akron Fossils & Science Center is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm.

We all had so much fun kicking off our summer season with our Chronicles of Narnia carnival on June 11th! Narnia came to life at Crosspoint Alliance Church and we were blessed with beautiful weather to fully enjoy all of the games and activities!

So much hard work, planning and man hours went into this event and the results were definitely worth it.  AFSC thanks everyone who helped us transform Crosspoint Alliance from a church into WWII London and the Land of Narnia! We saw such an outpouring of generosity, hard work, and support from families, individuals, businesses, and churches and we are so thankful to each and every person that helped! We hope to see even more of the Copley community come out to enjoy our carnival next year!

Check out these pictures from the event!

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As you can see, we all had a lot of fun!

We had a great time and hope to see even more come out for next year’s carnival! Akron Fossils & Science Center loves being a part of the Copley community and hopes to make our annual carnival a way for us to connect with families in the area!

Now that our summer season has officially begun, campers are beginning to arrive! Our first week of Dino Adventure camp is in full swing as campers learn all about Terrific Theropods. For this session, campers are learning about how fossils are formed, how scientists dig for fossils, rock layer formation and so much more! Already we are having so much fun seeing campers getting their hands on science and the summer has only just begun!

This summer, we have THREE exciting camp themes, so there’s a camp for ALL interests! If your child is crazy for dinos, don’t worry about missing this session, we have another Dino Adventure Camp running July 18-22! And if experimenting with science is up your alley, we have a Mad Science Camp offered July 11-15 and July 25-29. And finally, if cute critters are your thing, we have a Creature Feature Camp August 1-5th. There’s something for everyone! There’s still time to register, but slots fill up quickly! You can go to to register or pick up a form at the science center.

Another exciting addition this summer is our new line of apparel! We are so excited to add these items to our gift shop and website as a way to support the message of intelligent design in style! We have three new adult Ts and two new children’s Ts, as well as two new wristbands. Make sure to check them out next time you’re browsing our gift shop or online store!     Here’s a peek at some of the new gear!

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There’s so much going on this summer at Akron Fossils & Science Center! We hope to see each one of you soon to check out all of the exciting changes, programs, and events as we head into summer 2016!


Summer Has Arrived!!!

The sun is shining and the weather is warming up! It looks like summer is finally upon us and everyone here at AFSC  couldn’t be more excited! In only a few short weeks, on May 31st, AFSC will transition to summer hours and will then be open Tuesday- Saturday, from 10am-5pm. Summer is our busiest time of the year and 2016 is shaping up to be our best summer yet. With the Kids Science Bash and summer camps just around the corner, new programming, a new animal room, exhibit hall renovations, and our FIRST ever summer kick off carnival, we can hardly wait to get started!  Check out all of the exciting events coming up this summer at Akron Fossils & Science Center!

Kids Science Bash-  Saturday May 14th

While our annual science fair is taking place, we will also be hosting an all day Kids Science Bash! From 10am-5pm, we will be performing hands-on experiments, enjoying wacky science snacks, checking out some cool creatures during our creature feature, and competing in contests, drawings, and more! And don’t forget to come dressed up as a wacky mad scientist to enter our costume contest! We are looking forward to celebrating science and we hope you will join in on the fun! Admission is just $10 for the whole day!!

NEW Programming

A lot of hard work has gone into creating a new space for our exhibits over the past year, but what you may not have heard is that our programming has also been undergoing significant changes. This summer we are introducing a brand new programming model! We are transitioning our traditional tour to be more conducive to self-guided tours by filling our space with new, interactive options to help enhance guests’ learning while also making the information accessible and fun for all ages. Beyond our tour, we will be offering rotating exhibits, activity stations, live animal encounters, themed breakout sessions, guest speakers, and more!

One of the elements of the new model we are so excited about sharing with you is the addition of breakout sessions. Each month, a new topic will be added to the tour and extra, hands-on learning options will be available throughout the day to add to your learning and discovery! We want you to learn and experience something new with each visit and these sessions allow us to provide an exciting variety of topics.

Summer Camps- Sessions begin June 20th and end August 5th (see for session dates) 

This year camps are back and better than ever! Now with THREE camp themes and six sessions to choose from, there is something for everybody!  AFSC will be offering a Dino Adventure Camp, Creature Feature Camp and for the first time ever, a Mad Science Camp! Each day, campers rotate through five different learning stations where they are encouraged to learn, create, and explore.  You may choose between a morning and afternoon session and before and after care are also available. We love camp season as it allows the children an opportunity to really get their hands into science and learning. We can’t wait to play, learn, and explore with everyone! Registration for all sessions is NOW OPEN, so make sure to grab your spot while we have space!

New Animal Room 

In addition to all of the exciting renovations we have been working on in the Exhibit Hall, we have a brand new animal room! With the help of local 4-H students, we are going to be able to display a variety of different animals.  Guests will get a peek into what it takes to care for the animals through the viewing window as well as being able to see each new animal visitor that we have in the rotation.

Exhibit Hall Renovations 

As we prepare to open for the summer season, we are becoming increasingly excited to debut our new exhibit hall to the public! Through the hard work of volunteers and staff, as well as through generous gifts given by donors at our recent Exhibit Hall Preview Gala, renovations and updates that have been in the works since November are coming to fruition.

Touch screens have been installed and loaded with interactive information that will make learning accessible and exciting for all ages, informative plaques have been added to exhibits to aid in the self-guided experience, and new exhibits, such as our exhibit on Egyptian history and archaeology, are being finished up to bring new information to our collection! We cannot wait to share all of these exciting changes with you!

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Summer Kick Off Carnival- June 11th

We can’t believe it’s nearly time for the first annual Chronicles of Narnia Summer Kick-Off Carnival! On June 11th, from 10am-4pm at Crosspoint Alliance Church, we are going to be celebrating the start of our summer season with games, contests, crafts, raffle baskets, prizes, great food, and FUN!

This Chronicles of Narnia themed carnival will have activities for all ages! Come dressed as your favorite character from the books to enter the costume contest (all ages are encouraged to participate!) or borrow some of our props and take pictures at our photo stand! We will have a number of free and ticketed games, crafts, and activities that feature favorite icons from the book series, such as an “Unlock the Wardrobe” game, “Narnians vs. Telmarines” blow-up jousting arena, a Crown Making Station, “Queen Susan’s Archery”, “Eustace’s Dragon Egg Dig”, and so much more!

In addition to all of the games, we will have fun events going on all day at the main-stage inside such as trivia contests, costume contests, and raffles.  Food and baked goods will be available for purchase including, of course, Turkish Delight!

At just $5 per person, pre-sale, and $7 per person day-of, with a $35 family maximum (Game and activity tickets 25¢ each), this event is an affordable way to spend a magical day with the entire family!

To purchase pre-sale tickets, visit:


As you can see, there is so much to look forward to this summer at AFSC! So grab your sunscreen and come join us for all the fun! We can’t wait to see you here this summer!


Creation Education: Does It Matter?

Creation education. It’s important and something we want our children to know, but in a world full of violence, poverty, and the loss of absolute truth, many argue that there are more important ways to spend your time, focus, and money.  In the midst of all of these struggles, some have argued that creation vs. evolution, young earth vs. old earth, literal vs. metaphorical interpretations– is all just semantics. “Can’t we all just get along?”  they ask. But what happens when you take away the basis of what our faith is built upon ? What happens to our faith and what are the repercussions for our youth, the church, and the world? Here at AFSC, we would argue that the importance of creation education is not only a vital part of being able to defend God’s truth in the classroom and the world, but that it is a vital part of how we live out and view our faith.

Before we address the importance of having well educated, scientifically literate children, let us first address the importance of the creation argument among the world’s many other troubles. Some argue “don’t people just need to become Christians? Why does any of the rest matter?”.  Yes, of course salvation is of the utmost importance–but that’s just the problem. If the creation story is false, how can the Bible speak with authority on anything else, including the Gospel message? Can we ask people to put their faith in a religion that would admit that its entire foundation is little more than a metaphor? To do so would be to ask people to put their faith in something that is often presented with only a little more merit than the story of Santa Claus- one based on a real man and real events, but which is ultimately fictional and has become heavily interwoven with myths and fables over time.  Additionally,  without Adam’s original sin, there is no need for a savior. When we begin to question one part of the Bible, it undermines everything else. Yes, bringing people to salvation is of vital importance, which is why it is equally vital that we take a stand for Biblical creation.

If we  then agree that the truth of creation is of the utmost importance in our faith and outreach, then let us move on to why it is important to thoroughly educate ourselves and our children in science, archaeology, and history which is rooted firmly on Biblical truth.  Unfortunately, many feel that simply believing the truth of creation is enough, both for themselves as well as for those they are trying to reach. Some proclaim that we have faith and the “the Bible says it’s so, so it’s so”but when it comes down to it, it isn’t enough. It isn’t enough for non-believers, and it isn’t enough for our children.

Answers In Genesis reports in its outreach video that “61% of youths are leaving the church in their early 20’s”.  While there are many reasons that contribute to people leaving the church, the fact that students are being presented with science that seems to refute everything they’ve been taught is certainly a factor.  Students find themselves feeling as if they are standing on shaky ground when they are faced with what seems to be damning evidence against their faith. A great deal of real science is interwoven with false truth and under the overwhelming weight, many admit defeat.  In reality, there is an overwhelming amount of scientific proof in favor of Biblical creation–the problem lies in the lack of education.

Finally, in addition to being able defend the faith to ourselves, we must present an informed, scientifically rooted front to the world as well. We cannot be expected to be taken seriously in the scientific community if we are not informed and ready to give well informed, scientifically rooted answers to those who may ask. We are being inundated with science presented from an evolutionary standpoint in school, on TV, online, and more often then not, the average school age Christian child can tell you more about the mechanisms and dates of evolution then they can about the science which supports creationism.

We must be able to send people out equipped with answers and the confidence that the subject matter they are presenting is scientifically sound. As is too often the case, people are so ill equipped with knowledge that supports their own beliefs, that they are ashamed to speak of or defend them. But it doesn’t need to be this way! The science, the archaeology, the history, they are solid.

Creation science does not suffer from a lack of evidence, but from a lack of education and information.  That is why we are so passionate about creation education at Akron Fossils & Science Center. The truth of creation is paramount to our faith, our defense of our faith, and to the Gospel message itself.  Georgina Purdom put it best when she said “if you lose Adam, you lose Christ”.