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Winter Science Fun

This article first appeared in the 12/15/19 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

Winter Science Fun


By Sara Thompson, with contributions by Isha Thoreson

Special to the Enterprise



Thanksgiving is behind us and winter holidays loom.  Schools will be out for Winter Break in a few short weeks and guests will be arriving for visits.  Explorit has several science fun events planned for the whole family to enjoy.  


Kicking it off will be our “Sound & the Solstice” on Monday, December 23 from 1-4pm.  Guests will get an up-close look at a variety of musical instruments and learn about how they make sound and how the musician can change that sound.  In our main building guests can explore our Light & Sound exhibit as well as animal encounters, and solstice themed activities and crafts.  In our Challenge Center we will also have special “make an instrument” craft instruction and materials so anyone can take music home with them.  Admission for this event will be $6 for Members/$8 for Non-Members, free for ages 2 and under.


Next up will be extended public hours on Saturday, December 28 from 10am-5pm.  This event will be a Girl Scout Women in STEM even, which will have interactive STEM activities geared towards elementary school students. Kids will be able to experiment with density, magnets, catapults, and more. Each activity will include a brief description recognizing an important pioneering female scientist in that field. This event is a Girl Scout Gold Award project by Isha Thoreson.


Some of our youngest scientists are not able to stay up until midnight for New Year’s, instead bring them to our “Noon Year Celebrations of the World” on Tuesday, December 31 from 10am-1pm.  Guests will learn about how other countries and cultures celebrate New Year’s, some at different times of the year.  We will have a countdown and “Happy Noon Year!” shout out at 12pm, but activities and main exhibit will continue until 1pm.  Admission for this event will be $6 for Members/$8 for Non-Members, free for ages 2 and under.


Lastly, we will be offering a “Snowy Science” workshop for grades K-6.  Students will learn about the science of cold weather, snow, and ice.  How does salt affect ice?  What happens to air when it gets cold?  Workshop will be Friday, January 3, from 9am-12pm, and will include make and take crafts.  Call (530) 756-0191 to register, fee is $50 for Members/$60 for Non-Members.


We hope to see you at our upcoming winter events.  Bring all your family and friends, do some science experiments, have a lot of fun, all while supporting science education in your community.



Explorit's coming events:


  • Looking for a great gift for family and friends?  Explorit Memberships are usable for an entire year, and card holders also receive discounted or free entry to hundreds of other museums across the country with the ASTC Passport Program.  For more information or to purchase visit or call Explorit at 530-756-0191.  Purchase soon as membership prices increase January 1, 2020.


  • Explorit’s Nature Bowl team is still enrolling for the school year.  This is an afterschool science team from students grades 3-6.  Call (530) 756-0191 to register.  The $25 fee covers weekly meetings and a t-shirt.



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