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DISCOVERINGS VOLUME 22 A Newsletter for The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier ISSUE FOUR

Hooray for Play!

It’s our 30th Birthday!

Hap-bee Birthday to Us! Our new exhibit “What’s The Buzz?’” Opening April 26


DIRECTOR’S LETTER Emerson wrote, “It is a happy talent to know how to play.” One thing I do know for sure is that play has been The Discovery’ Center’s signature word for thirty years. My, how we have played! And this is the year we celebrate thirty years of play. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to us! We look back over these years and marvel at how far we have come since those early days in a school gymnasium. Now a revered space in the community and boasting a campus environment…we have cause for great celebration. It is a known and accepted fact that play supports all areas of development. This is also one of the best ways for children to learn... play is a pleasure, initiated and controlled by a child and no outcome or product is required! Our distinctive play strategies include children learning aspects of identity through role play – fireman, fox, butcher, baker, pilot, anchorman and carpenter….an outfit for everyone. Puppets and music hall; artist and lineman. Watching children play these roles is a study in itself. Their play requires freedom, empowerment, creativ-

ity, imagination and self control…as the young playmate grows, these become very useful tools! Our children play in relative safety; we observe that there is not one way to play and each child finds a level of play that matches his or her skills and interest. Do adults play here? Of course they do. There is lots of opportunity for sharable play, silly play, thoughtful play and an interactive component is available in every exhibit. This year will be a play bonanza. Inside and outside; summer camps; Galumpha Gang our resident camp will take on a chorographical theme of play to be performed for everyone. A sensational new exhibit will open on April 26th called, What’s The Buzz, it will amaze you. Invade the hive and learn how a simple insect has a complicated story to tell! This celebratory year will be rich, playful and nostalgic! Wrap thirty years of play into your plan. Make a play date! Bring a playmate. Be playful. Play is a necessity! HOORAY FOR PLAY!

Foundation Forum

“Children are one third of our population…and all of our future.” — from the Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health, 1981 This past December, the Foundation Board of The Discovery Center embarked on a year long drive to raise $30,000. We seek to commemorate The Discovery Center's 30th anniversary, and to build up the newly established Endowment Fund in honor of Andrew F. Crocker, son of Pokey and David Crocker. The Foundation's role is to raise enough money to establish a nest egg, and therefore ensure the future of The Discovery Center for generations to come. People who donate to the Foundation become “time travelers" of a sort, as they literally have an impact of the lives of children yet to come. We ask you to take a minute and... Consider adding the Discovery Center Foundation to your Wish List . Maybe you’ve created a bucket list, but what about your “Wish List”? We all write out a wish list when we want to receive gifts, but have you thought about your Charitable & Estate Planning Wish List? We invite you to add The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier Foundation, Inc. to your ultimate Wish List. Gift planning

is for everyone. And, your gift to The Discovery Center Foundation can help ensure the long-term stability of this community treasure. You can help by… Including a specific amount or bequest to The Discovery Center Foundation in your will. Making a tax deductible donation when you transfer stock transfers, sell real estate, or manage assets. Memorializing a loved one in a very special way. Asking us to help you plan a unique way for family members to express their condolences. Buying a Donor’s Building Block in “For Our Tomorrows Castle” in your name, your business name, or in memory of another. Any gift to The Discovery Center Foundation will ensure that our children, our grandchildren, and even their grandchildren will have the opportunity to discover the joys of learning. For more information about The Discovery Center Foundation and donation options, please contact Cathy Fiacco, Finance Director at 607- 7738661 (ext 207), or drop us a line. You can even request a DVD.


EXHIBIT NEWS What’s The Buzz?!

Take flight in the re-designed A-10 Cockpit!

What’s The Buzz this spring?...A honey of an exhibit opening! That’s the buzz! Make a beeline to The DC on April 26th as we cut the ribbon on What’s The Buzz?-A Honey Of An Exhibit!, the museum’s 30th anniversary exhibit all about the honeybee! Bee amazed by this extraordinary insect as you have some pure sweet fun exploring the life of the honeybee and its impact on your life as the pollinator of a third of the world’s crops. Climb into a 14 foot Giant hive, take your seat on the Queen Bee’s throne and try your hand at bee mythology with puppets! This multidisciplinary exhibit will have you bug eyed as you learn about health related bee research with microscopes and waggle dancing your way through the history of bees in math, literature and the arts! Thank you to the following Bee Involved Binghamton University Students for their participation in the development of “What’s The Buzz?!”: Kelsie Martinez, Christine Johnson, Tudi Max-Brown, Katherine Scott, Devin Ryback, Nicholas D’Annunzio, Andrea Marzilli, Monica Drumm, SoHyun Lee , Bryce Gadyce and Nickolas D’Annunzio.

The DC’s “Take Flight” A-10 cockpit has new bells and whistles thanks to the Binghamton University A-10 Watson Capstone Senior Engineering Student Team: Max Malinowski, Chris Donafrio, Joe Chamish, Dan Layman, Ian Link, Chris Stawski and their faculty advisor Dr. Yu Chen . The Four Forces of Flight: thrust, lift, drag and gravity are put into play with new interactive controls! Thank you Binghamton University and our corporate sponsor Lockheed Martin for helping our DC Jr. Pilots reach new heights of scientific knowledge!

Flight of The Honeybee BAE and Binghamton University senior engineering students have teamed up to develop a working mechanical honeybee for the What’s The Buzz?! exhibit that illustrates the rotation of the honeybee’s wings. For centuries the honeybee’s flight was a scientific mystery defying known principles of aerodynamics. Visit Bee-atrice the robotic bee and bring your scientific knowledge up to speed as you answer the question: what’s the buzz? Thank you to the BAE/Binghamton University Watson Capstone Senior Engineering Black and Yellow Flight Team! Students: Nicolette Battad, Virginia Boaz, Daniel Szeto, Matthew Jones, Naoki Kitamura, James Monahan and their Faculty Supervisor Dr. Peter Huang. BAE Systems Engineers: Gabe Unger and Rebecca Silberman.

The Power of Play The Discovery Center, Binghamton University, NYSEG and NYSEG’s parent company IBERDROLA have powered up to create a new exhibit on electricity. Electricity in your home is the theme of the museum’s new “Power of Play” exhibit. Interactive displays will be an outlet for inquisitive minds as children follow the path of electricity as it travels from the power station to your home on a touch screen. Create electricity with a crank generator, learn about conductors and insulators and explore the importance of energy conservation while playing with push buttons that activate a model home equipped with common appliances. So, follow the path to the new house on the block, ring the doorbell and come on in to an exploration of the power of play! Thank you Binghamton University Watson Capstone Senior Engineering students: Ashley Muller, Reid Olsen, Alec Brindisi, Neil Aram, Denzer Campbell and Simeng Chen and their faculty advisor Jack Maynard. NYSEG corporate advisor Thomas Hoskins

Action News Kids! Welcome to Action News Kids where up to date news broadcasting becomes kids play! Join us live at our new set location next to Studio 60 to broadcast the stories that matter to you! Learn about current events, write a script for a story and report the news, sports and weather using our new green screen thanks to our broadcasting partners at WBNGNews!

SPECIAL EVENTS Hooray For Play! It’s Our 30th Birthday Come celebrate our birthday Dr. Seuss’ way on Saturday, March 8th. The Cat in the Hat and Thing 1 and Thing 2 and will be in the museum to play Seussical games, crafts and activities. A special presentation of “All Things Seussical” will be performed by S.T.A.R. (Southern Tier Actors Read) at 1pm in The our Ahearn Playhouse featuring “I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today!”- Free with admission. Seussical food sales will be available in our Somersaults Café from 11:30am to 1:30pm. “Today is good! Today is fun! These things are fun, and fun is good.”


SPECIAL EVENTS PBSKids Day: Thomas the Tank Engine The DC is transforming into Shining Time Station for the day! Join The Discovery Center and WSKG for a fun, toddler-friendly day full of Thomas the Tank Engine crafts, activities, and a screening of a special episode. We’ll make engineer hats, learn all about how trains move, and make our own Thomas the Tank Engine to take home. Monday, March 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free with museum admission.

The Discovery Center 30th Anniversary Free-Bee Open House Monday, March 24! Let’s jumpstart a new generation of play with a free toddler day at The Discovery Center! We opened our doors 30 years ago this week, and we’ve been busy as bees ever since. To celebrate, we’ll have special previews of all of our regular Tot Time daily programming and a preschool open house. Visit with our incredible preschool teaching staff, observe a class activity, and learn more about how Discovery Kids Preschool will get your child off on the right start before kindergarten. FREE ADMISSION for all visitors on this day. Programs and DK Preschool/UPK open house from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Eggstra-special Egg Hunt Get your basket ready for an Eggstra-special Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 12th! Our recipe for fun? Just add eggs! Decorate an egg, name 30 baby chicks and meet 30 of Lulu’s bunny friends from the 4-H Bunny Buds. Food sales will be available in our Somersaults Café from 11:30am to 1:30pm so stay for lunch! Our Bunny Hop Dance Party with Johnny Only starts at 1pm. The museum will close from 2 to 2:30pm so the Easter Bunny can hide the eggs for the Egg Hunt. This year will be “eggstra- special” because there will be 30 golden eggs hidden for a special prize! All activities begin at 11am and are free with museum admission. Members $4., nonmembers $7.

Hooray for Play: 30 Years of Spring Break at The Discovery Center! Spend your week off from school at The Discovery Center. All activities run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free with museum admission. Mon., Apr. 14 – We’ve Got Spirit: Do you have Discovery Center spirit? Shout “rah-rah-rah!” and start the celebrations with a DC Pep Rally and mascot day. Meet sports mascots from across the Southern Tier, learn about teambuilding and sportsmanship, and take home a Discovery Center pompom or noisemaker. Tues., Apr. 15 – Grossology: Ever wonder about the ooey, gooey gross things our bodies do every day? Why does our nose make snot? Why do farts smell? Why do I sweat? Learn all about the science of the gross things of our body with hands-on learning activities, gross discussions, and science fun. It is totally gross, but totally science! Wed., Apr. 16 – Silly Nomads: After watching a British documentary about nomads, ten-year-old Suhcrom and eight-year-old Naddih are so intrigued they immediately make a plan for their own exciting nomad adventure across Jamaica. Never in their wildest dreams did they think it could be so amazing! Local authors Marcus Molhalland and Jan Lewis will be here today only to share their book, “Silly Nomads of Palmerston Close,” with crafts and activities sure to set your imagination free! Thurs., Apr. 17 – Magic Paintbrush Project’s Banner Day Get involved with our 30th birthday by helping us make a celebration banner with The Magic Paintbrush Project! Sign up for one of three MPP workshops, and your little hands will bring our banners to life. Special sensory-sensitive workshop for those with special needs will be held at 1 p.m. $10 per child includes the workshop and a day of play in the museum. Pre-registration required. Call (607) 773-8661 x201 to register your family today! Fri., Apr. 18 – 4-H Farm Day Take a ride around our Story Garden on a tractor wagon and enjoy Farm Day! The Discovery Center is teaming up with Cornell Cooperative Extension and local 4-H groups to welcome a petting zoo of farm animals. We’ll sponge-paint a muddy pig craft, make our own stick ponies and play fun farmer’s games. Mon., Apr. 21 – Decades of Play Every decade had its favorite way to play, and we’re bringing out the best for a fun day of toys and games from the 1950s to today! Pose in our Mattel box for a Barbie and Ken Photo Shoot, play a game of Giant Yahtzee in the Ahearn Playhouse, make your own Pogs, and more.

Mommy & Me Spa Day Kick off Mother’s Day weekend with Mommy and Me Spa Day on Saturday May 10 th! Let’s thank our mothers, grandmothers and special ladies in our lives with a day of pampering, facials, manicures and hair styling compliments of the Cosmetology students from BOCES or a well deserving massage from the massage therapists of the Body Wellness Lab. Mix up something sweet for mom in our Nutrition Kitchen with your favorite little helper then make some spa themed gifts for those special ladies at our round robin crafting tables. All activities free with admission. Food sales will be available so stay for lunch! Activities and workshops begin at 11am. Call 607-773-8661 for more information.


SPECIAL EVENTS Medieval May Day Celebration & Story Garden Annual Grand Opening Thursday, May 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hear ye, hear ye! Come hither to The Discovery Center for a most splendid May Day Celebration! The Story Garden is a’flower most beauteously and so we invite all the lads and lasses from across the land (preschool through first grade) for a day of May Day baskets, fun and flowers. Crafts and activities will be located inside and out (weather permitting), and school groups can sign-up for a twenty-minute session to learn the Maypole dance. Witness the jousting tournament and the crowning of the May Day Queen, and dress in your garden finery for a “Jack in the Green” parade at 12:30 p.m. Groups of 10 people or more, with advance reservation, will receive a special throwback admission of $2 per person, the DC’s original admission price. Space is limited, call (607) 773-8661 x201 to register today!

May Day Gerbera Daisy Fundraiser Buying a plant is the perfect way to brighten up a garden or porch and to support The Discovery Center! Our Story Garden is partnering with Nanticoke Gardens to offer a special 30 th Anniversary May Day flower sale! The 6" flowerpots will feature a gerbera daisy in full bloom, in a variety of colors, priced at $10 each. The daisies will be available for sale May 1 through 4 in our Gift Shop. We are very pleased that Nanticoke Gardens has agreed to be The Story Garden’s first-ever Community Partner! For the past several years, selected plants and all of the vegetables and herbs in the Peter Rabbit Garden came from Nanticoke Gardens. Wait till you see the six Playful Planters Nanticoke Gardens donated for the Story Garden to help us celebrate our 30th Anniversary ! Located at 1539 Union Center - Maine Highway in Endicott, Nanticoke Gardens has been growing plants year round since 1973. They will be opening for the season on April 21. For more information visit NanticokeGardens.com

PreSchool and After School Programs Discovery Kids Club

Discovery Kids Preschool

The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer and Discovery Kids Club is ready to go green and learn about keeping the environment safe. Discovery Kids Club finishes things off this spring by showing off their gardening and planting skills in The Discovery Center’s Story Garden. Discovery Kids Club is an interactive program where we make learning fun! It’s the place to be after 3! Children enjoy a diverse curriculum that includes creative arts and crafts, exploring the world of science, physical fitness activities, community outreach and exploration of the museum and Story Garden.

Our Pre-K students are gearing up for an exciting spring season. Discovery Kids Preschool has so much to offer this spring! Things get started by celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday. As the days start to get warmer, the preschoolers will venture outside to enjoy learning about gardening and taking some nice long strolls along the Discovery Center’s nature trails. Discovery Kids Preschool has so much to offer your child! Visit our Free-Bee Open House 3/24! Our interactive program will help your child develop imagination building skills, small and large motor skills and all the A,B,Cs and 1,2,3s of learning fun. Weekly Tunes & Tales and Little Hands Science.

Now enrolling for the 2014-15 school year! For complete information about our Afterschool or Preschool programs, contact Cary Swartz, Education Director at 607-773-8661 x 208 or visit our website: thediscoverycenter.org

Parlor City Boys Chorus Ernest Backus is delighted to be joining the Parlor City Boys' Chorus as Associate Director. Mr. Backus graduated from Binghamton H.S. in 2003, and continued his studies at Ithaca College where he earned Bachelor degrees in Music Education, Percussion Performance, and Music Theory; he was a Presidential Scholar, a Gates Millennium Scholar, and received the Peggy R. Williams Award for Academic and Community Leadership. While at IC, Mr. Backus directed various student-led musical groups, including Ithacappella, the college's male a cappella ensemble. Under his direction, Ithacappella competed with other ensembles to become the top -ranked men's a cappella group in the International Championships of Collegiate A Cappella in the 2007-08 season. After graduating, Mr. Backus earned a M.A. in Ritual Chant and Song, studying both Gregorian Chant and traditional Irish vocal music at the Univ. of Limerick, Ireland. Mr. Backus has taught chorus in the Binghamton School District and currently teaches Chorus at M-E Middle School. He also plays with the steel drum band Panigma, and is completing a Master of Music in Vocal Music Education at Ithaca College. Mr. Backus resides in Owego with his wife, Aimée. For more information on the PCBC: visit our website


FREE WITH ADMISSION PROGRAMING EXPLORE & MORE

There’s something special going on every weekend at The DC! Stop by this spring and visit the Explore & More station for crafts, science experiments and all sorts of fun. Saturdays from 11am to 1pm, and Sundays from 1pm to 3pm Mar. 1 & 2 – It’s National Pasta Month! Make some great noodle art to take home, and learn the history of pasta. Mar. 8 & 9 – Sam I Am likes green eggs and ham, and you will, too! Enjoy a colorful midday snack with us and learn why natural eggs are always yellow. Mar. 15 & 16 – Tie your own Celtic heart knot necklace while celebrating Irish-American History Month. Special performance by the Ballyclare Irish Dancers on Saturday at 11:30 am Mar. 22 & 23 – We’re honoring “Music in Our Schools Month” with a special exploration of musical instruments! Mar. 29 & 30 – Abracadabra! Celebrate Smoke and Mirrors Day with us as we learn all about magic and optical illusions. Apr. 5 & 6 – The DC and the Four County Library System are celebrating National Library Week! Learn about storytelling from a local story artist and make your own finger puppets. Apr. 13 – We’re hopping down the bunny trail! Let’s learn how rabbits jump! Join us for a rabbit show and make an adorable bunny mask to wear home. Apr. 19 – Spring is here, and birds are singing with joy! Let’s learn more about our favorite backyard birds and make an Earth-friendly birdfeeder to hang at home. Apr. 26 & 27 – What’s the buzz? Our 30th Anniversary signature exhibit all about the honeybee opens this weekend! The Explore & More Station will be buzzing with hands-on activities all about pollination. May 3 & 4 –Our Medieval May Day celebration lasts the whole weekend at The DC. Stop by to learn about this ancient tradition, dance around the May Pole, and make a May Day basket to give to someone special. May 10 – On Saturday, stop by the Explore & More station to make Mom a special bath bomb and learn what makes them fizz. May 17 & 18 – Let’s eat our math homework! Enjoy milk and

have fun with our cookie tangram puzzles. May 24 & 25 –Summer kicks off this weekend! Weave a patriotic placemat to use at picnics all summer long as we learn the meaning behind America’s favorite colors: red, white and blue. May 31 & June 1 – Creepy crawly, squirmy wormy, bugs galore! We’re going to learn about insects and go on an insect scavenger hunt.

TOT TIME Funday Mondays, The DC is open just for toddlers, birth through preschool age, on Mondays from 10am to 3pm (open to all during school holidays). There’s big-size fun to be had by our littlest friends as they explore the museum, enjoy special activities and make new friends without worrying about crowds of bigger kids. Enjoy Messy Masterpieces at 11am for guided art projects that focus on sensory experiences and ideas from science and nature. Little hands create the best artwork! Let your tot’s fingers do the work practicing fine motor skills and putting imagination to paper, or whatever the medium! A Tale of Tails, Tuesdays at 11 am -Tunes & Tales has gone wild! Special guest readers and animal friends from around the community will take you and your little ones on a reading adventure each week. Afterwards, stay for a story-related activity and a meet-and-greet with this week’s animal friend. Little Hands Science, Wednesdays at 1 pm - There is nothing little fingers like to do more than explore the world around them! Hands-on activities and exciting science demonstrations are designed to challenge young minds, stimulate their senses and make learning fun. Parade Day, Thursdays at 11 am - Watch what happens when you unplug and spend time playing with the world around you. Set your imaginations free each week as we learn new games, crafts and songs—all without a TV or computer! Who’s Who in Your Neighborhood?, Fridays at 1 pm - Who is the man driving the big red fire truck? What is it like flying a plane at the airport? Find out with us each week as we invite community members from all walks of life to share their favorite children’s story with us and talk about their jobs.

SCOUT PROGRAMS Contact Gabrielle at (607) 773-8661 x205 or edu@thediscoverycenter.org for information or registration for all scout programs. Center? Troops should RSVP to their desired badge workshops Attention Grown Up Girl Scouts! at least one week in advance. Fees include museum admission Make scouting a part of your community experience by becomfor the day. ing a Girl Scout alumna volunteer with The DC! Our Grown-up GIRL SCOUT BADGES Girl Scouts assist in fun badge workshops like jewelry making Sister Sister -Be a sister to every Girl Scout! Travel around the and kitchen chemistry, share their own scouting and careerworld with Vi as we look at girls in other countries and learn searching experiences, are invited to museum sleepovers, and that even though we may look different, eat different foods, more. Share the things you love and reconnect with young Girl and speak different languages, we are all the same inside. We’ll Scouts from the Southern Tier and Northeastern PA! read postcards from five countries and try a special activity — a food, craft, or game — from each one. Earn your “Vi” petal with us and explore sisterhood around the world. Sat., Mar. 22, 10 BADGE WORKSHOPS to 11 am, $8/Daisy scout. What could be more fun than earning a badge at The Discovery


SCOUT PROGRAMS Water Rescuers -We’re going to explore the wet and wonderful world of water. Learn about the importance of water, water conservation, and make a clay sea creature to take home. Completes certain requirements for the “WOW! Wonders of Water” Brownie Journey. Sat. Mar. 22, 12-1pm $8/ Brownie Scout. Junior Detective Academy-Where can scouts spend a morning flexing their deductive muscles? It’s elementary, my dear Watson—the Discovery Center! We’ll be testing our powers of observation, making invisible ink, becoming fingerprint experts and even learning how to extract DNA. Finally, we’ll go on a black light scavenger hunt through the museum! Sat. Mar. 22, 2 -3pm $8/Scout. For Juniors only. Flower Garden Surprise Party - Earn your Gloria petal at our fun tea party as we learn all about respecting ourselves and others. We’ll make each other party crowns, make a fruit salad as a group, and enjoy a fun morning tea with games and crafts. Saturday, April 5, 10 to 11 am $8/scout. For Daisies only. Pampered Pets - Keeping a pet is a big responsibility! Our furry friends are cute and cuddly, but they have important needs, and it’s your job to take care of them. We’ll meet The DC’s pets and learn all about how we can make our pets feel loved. We’ll even make dog toys to donate to the Front Street Dog Shelter! Saturday, April 5, 12 to 1 pm $8/scout. For Brownies only. Health, Happiness and Hula! Eating right is only a part of keeping your body fit—healthy habits are about living a thoughtful lifestyle. With this workshop, we’ll learn how to be a food-label detective, how to stress less and more. Afterwards, participate in a fun hula-hooping workshop. Earn your “Staying Fit” badge with us and bring the fun of hooping home! Be sure to bring a healthy lunch or snack. Saturday, April 5, 2 -3pm $8/scout. For Juniors only. Seeds in the Garden - Join us in our Story Garden as we learn about the role of seeds, the many shapes and sizes they come in, and have fun with planting. Then decorate your own fairy pot to take home! Saturday, May 3, 10-11am $8/scout. For Daisies only. Going Buggy - We’re going on a ‘Bug Safari’ at the Discovery Center, so come prepared for a day of outdoor fun! What bugs will we encounter with our magnifying glasses, bug catchers and viewing containers? Explore the secrets of beehives, learn all about bug anatomy and make a fun bug viewer to take home. Meets requirements for “Bugs” badge. Saturday, May 3, 12-1 pm $8/scout. For Brownies only. Phenomenal Flowers - Dig up some flower secrets with this badge workshop in our award-winning Story Garden! We’ll be botanists for a day, following the Girl Scout Flower Garden scavenger hunt and learning about the secret meaning of flowers everywhere. Finally, we’ll learn about aromatherapy and make scented soaps for you to take home! Meets requirements for

“Flowers” badge. Saturday, May 3, 2 -3pm $8/scout. For Juniors only.

CUB SCOUT BADGES The Great Outdoors - Bring a water bottle and your hiking shoes for a fun day exploring the beauty of Ross Park. Learn about weather patterns, make great nature-themed art and go on a Nature Colors Scavenger Hunt while hiking The DC trails. Earn your Let’s Go Outdoors achievement and complete the Fun Outdoors elective, then let loose and enjoy play time in the museum! Sunday, May 4, 12-1pm. $8/Cub scout.

SCOUT SNOOZES It’s time to spend a night at the museum! Sign up for a Discovery Center Scout Snooze for an evening of fun workshops and private museum playtime, then set up your sleeping bag in your favorite exhibit for the best kind of sleepover there is. Snoozes include dinner, a workshop and plenty of museum play! Fee for all snoozes is $28 per Scout and $6 per adult, unless otherwise noted. Troop leaders are always free! NOTE: Snoozes which do not meet the minimum requirement of 20 registrations will be subject to cancellation at the discretion of DC staff. A Seussical Slumber Party - Dr. Seuss turns 110 this year— that’s a LOT of birthday candles to blow out! Spend the evening with The DC as we have tons of zany Dr. Seuss fun with this great museum snooze. Sat. Mar. 8, 6pm – 8:30am Sun. For Girl Scouts Flashlight Hunt - It’s lights out at The DC as we make s’mores together and go on a flashlight scavenger hunt through the museum! Many of us are familiar with the exhibits during the day, but what will we find when nighttime falls? Sat., Mar. 15, 6pm – 8:30am Sun. For Cub and Boy Scouts. Zoo Safari - Bring your flashlights and sneakers—we’re going on an after-hours “Night Hike” of the Binghamton Zoo! See the animals as never before, and speak with zoo educators about what it’s like to be responsible for so many different types of creatures. Fri., May 9, 6 pm – 8:30am Sat. For Girl Scouts. Sat., May 17, 6pm – 8:30am Sun. For Cub and Boy Scouts.

THE DISCOVERY CENTER JOURNEY PATCHES Earn pieces of The DC Journey Fun Patch by attending special events at The Discovery Center this fall! Simply check in at the Front Desk and ask to purchase the day’s special square to add to your DC base patch. Come to four events, and you’ll have a colorful Discovery Center fun patch to show off to all your friends! Base patch $3, each additional square $1. Yellow Square – Discovery Center Pep Rally, Mon. Apr. 14 Red Square – Silly Nomads Author Appearance, Wed. Apr 16 Blue Square – Grand Opening “What’s the Buzz?”, Sat. Apr 26 Green Square – Mommy Spa Day, Sat. May 10

Our Spring Hours

Monday 10am-3pm for birth through Pre-K only (open to all on school holiday Mondays) Tuesday—Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm. Closed: Easter Sunday - Apr 20, Mother’s Day - May 11, and Memorial Day - May 26.


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Discovery Center Spring newsletter 2014