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Explorit's Winter Workshops Sample Seasonal Science

This article appeared in the December 9, 2016 edition of the Davis Enterprise.


By Lisa Justice

Special to the Enterprise


How do animals stay warm in the winter, especially ones that live in polar regions? Do they all just have really thick fur, or do they have other ways of beating the chill? You can explore many animal adaptations for staying warm in Explorit Science Center’s winter workshop “Staying Warm and Cozy” on Tuesday, December 27.


Explorit is offering winter workshops for children ages 5-12 Tuesday through Friday the weeks after Christmas and New Years from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Parents are welcome to attend with their children or drop children off and pick them up by noon.


Each workshop explores a different seasonal science topic. We start by exploring what animals can teach us about how to stay warm on Tuesday, December 27, then explore many fun things to do with ice in sports, art and food on Wednesday, December 28 in “Frozen Follies!”.


Discover the global forces that are affecting our weather and altering our climate in “Warming Winters” on Thursday, December 29. Then discover a few new recipes to ring in the new year with “New Years Food” on Friday, December 30. Discover tasty New Year’s traditions from around the world.


Then make science your first priority of 2017 with “Backyard in Winter” on Tuesday, January 3. Explore the natural phenomena of the season unfolding in Mace Ranch Park. And join us for “Bottle Tossing!” on Wednesday, January 4. Check out the physics craze that’s sweeping the internet while discovering the forces that make it possible.


And wrap up your first week of 2017 with “Wacky and Wild Winter” on Thursday, January 5 and “Cool Sports!” on Friday, January 6. Become a meteorologist and discover the wild weather phenomena of winter, then explore the sports of the season.


Register online now at The cost for each workshop is $25 for Explorit members, $30 for non-members and includes a child’s admission to the museum for the afternoon.



Explorit’s coming events:


●      Registration for Explorit’s Winter Workshops is open now! Workshops are available to students ages 5-12 the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. Visit for a full schedule and to register.

●      Calling all 5th-8th graders--join our new Conservation Club, in partnership with Think Elephants International! Explorit is collaborating on a 4-workshop series with Think Elephants International, Inc. to expose students to the study of animal behavior, scientific research, and in-situ conservation, while focusing on the Asian elephant. The series of four workshops is scheduled for early 2017 and includes four weekend workshops culminating in a live Skype event with elephant handlers and researchers in Thailand. The registration fee for the workshop series is $130, with 25% of the proceeds going to Think Elephants International. Call Explorit for more information and to register now at 530-756-0191 or email Alfreda at

●      Explorit’s Exploration Gallery is open to the public every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m. and every Friday, 3:00-6:00 p.m.  Admission is $5.00 per person; Explorit members, teachers and children 2 and under are free. Come check out the new Nano Mini Exhibition!

●      Interested in membership?  Think your Explorit membership may have lapsed?  Call Explorit at 530-756-0191 to check or sign up!

●      You say it’s their birthday? Celebrate your child’s birthday at Explorit!  Choose a special fun science-themed program or DIY party plus our Exploration Gallery.  Call Explorit at 530-756-0191 for more information or to book your party.



Explorit Science Center is located at 3141 5th St. For more information call (530) 756-0191 or visit, or “like” us on Facebook at

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