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Electricity Explorations Spark up February Vacation Week

Plus, new exhibit showcases the rich tradition of games
Release Date: 
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Press Release


Electricity explorations spark up February school vacation week

at the EcoTarium

Plus, new interactive exhibit showcases the tradition of games

Worcester, Mass. January 24, 2012 -- The EcoTarium will spark up February vacation week with It's Electric!, a highly interactive, drop-in activity, in which visitors are invited to explore electricity in technology and biology -- because people are electric, too! Children ages 5 and up, as well as adults, can experiment and play with Snap Circuits, swap "electrons" as a human copper atom, learn about electronics they can wear, and make a wearable wrist cuff that lights up (small materials fee required).

It's Electric! will take place on four days, February 21-24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Snap Circuits and wrist cuff activities will be offered daily from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Other activities and demonstrations will be scheduled throughout each day.

In addition, a 19th-century Peas Work construction activity will be ongoing throughout each day. In Peas Work, dried peas are soaked in water overnight and then dried. The doughy peas are then pierced with thin sticks to create geometric shapes and structures, limited only by the imagination. The activity was used by Friedrich Froebel when he held the first kindergarten classes in Germany in the 1830s.

School vacation week activities are free with museum admission.

New exhibit, Playing Together: Games, now open

King Tut's favorite pastime of Senet, the game of Skittles and a giant chess board are just three of the fourteen games of strategy, math, luck, and physical coordination from around the world featured in Playing Together: Games, a new traveling exhibit at the EcoTarium. This special, hands-on exhibit explores the imaginative ways people have invented to play together through games.

Playing Together: Games was created by The Children's Museum of Memphis and will remain at the EcoTarium through September 9.

About the EcoTarium

The EcoTarium is a unique indoor-outdoor museum offering three floors of interactive exhibits, wildlife habitats, interpretive nature trails, a digital planetarium, and a narrow-gauge railroad. The museum's new permanent exhibit, The Arctic Next Door: Mount Washington, is now open on the Upper Level. The EcoTarium, located at 222 Harrington Way in Worcester, Mass., is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays 12 to 5 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults, $8 for children (2-18), and $10 for seniors (65+) and students. Parking is free. For information, call 508-929-2700 or email . EcoTarium website: http://www.ecotarium.org

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