Family Travel 2012

Nichole Livengood

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

Discover the world of Science at Spartanburg Science Center

Posted 12/27/2012 11:44:00 AM

When you are in the Spartanburg area, make a point to visit the Spartanburg Science Center at Chapman Cultural Center. The learning facility just received 11 exhibits from Discovery Place in Charlotte last year and upon instillation, celebrated a grand re-opening.

In the center, your family can learn how to make better food choices at the magic refrigerator and take a stroll through the live backyard animal exhibits, where you’ll meet Fluffy, the bearded dragon, fish, turtles, snakes and aquatic plants that are native to South Carolina, as well as other areas of the world.

In the natural science room you’ll come face to face with a giant stuffed Alaskan brown bear, an alligator and blue marlin, and will see animals from all over the world as well as fossils, rocks and shells. You’ll also learn about recycling, the science behind bubbles, and can hop on a bicycle and pedal your way to generating your own energy. Learn about the world of simple machines and the principles behind how they work and the science behind motion. There’s a sand pendulum and even a harmonograph drawing machine. It’s a learning packed adventure for the whole family.

The Science Center is located on the second floor of the Chapman Cultural Center, which just celebrated five years of providing programming in the areas of performing and visual arts, science and history for the people of Spartanburg and beyond.

Spartanburg Science Center is open Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults; $2 for children ages six through high school; $2.50 for college students with ID; $3 for seniors, veterans and active military; and is free for members and children ages five and younger.