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ITHACA, N.Y. – The Sciencenter invites the community to join in a dedication celebration as the museum opens its completed science-themed mini-golf course on September 26th.
The 18-hole mini-golf course is an interactive exhibit that engages guests of all ages in a wide variety of science concepts. Built in two phases, the basic course was completed in 2014. This year, the Sciencenter Exhibits staff worked to develop and prototype science obstacles for each of the 18 holes. Made possible through a generous gift from Cargill to the Sciencenter’s current capital campaign, Curious. Confident. Inspired., the mini-golf course obstacles explore everything from the science of black holes to wind energy to simple machines and more. The course is outdoor fun that the whole family can enjoy with full wheelchair access, ADA approved clubs, and 9 recycled material benches throughout.
“We’re delighted to invite our community, who built the Sciencenter, to join us in celebrating this exciting new addition to our outdoor exhibits,” said Charlie Trautmann, Sciencenter Executive Director. “We want every young person to appreciate the power of science, and as we continue our Capital Campaign, we look forward to unveiling many new and inspiring experiences to empower the youth in our community.”
Beginning at 11:00am, museum guests can join the Sciencenter and representatives from Cargill for a special ribbon cutting ceremony. In true Sciencenter fashion, the museum will make use of science, and museum guests, to form a giant human battery that will generate enough electricity to trigger a big flash and cut the ribbon. Immediately following, guests can take a guided tour of the course and learn about how the obstacles were developed and created. The new Sciencenter Mini-Golf course will open for paid public play at 1:00pm. Mini-golf is $5 for Sciencenter members, $7 for players (ages 4+), and toddlers ages 0 – 3 are free with a paid adult.
Admission to the museum is free all day long on the 26th. An assortment of special hands-on activities and programs highlighting the Sciencenter’s Campaign initiatives will also be offered throughout the day. Starting at 10:30am, bring your little ones to a special story time and hands-on activity where toddlers will hear the story Roller Coasters by Marla Frazee and then make their own golf ball roller coaster. At 2:00pm, the Sciencenter’s middle-school Future Science Leaders will present findings from their summer spent researching our neighboring Cascadilla Creek and lead guests in observation and identification of microscopic specimens found in the water.
The Sciencenter inspires excitement for science through interactive exhibits and programs that engage, educate and empower. The hands-on museum offers guests of all ages more than 250 exhibits, educational programs, a gift shop, an outdoor science park and a seasonal miniature golf course. The museum is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for children 3-17 years, and free to members and children under 3. For membership information, current programs and activities, please visit www.sciencenter.org. The Sciencenter is a proud member of the Discovery Trail in Ithaca.
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