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!!
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 http://akronfossils.com/camps 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!
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: www.akronfossils.com/fundraisers
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!