(Worcester, Mass.) From hands-on explorations and Earth Day celebrations to traveling to the far reaches of the universe, EcoTarium's popular Earth Week will be jam-packed with activities for the whole family. Culminating in Worcester’s annual Earth Day Festival, Earth Week takes place April 17 – 20 at the EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester.
This year's Earth Week theme, On the Move!, explores how things move across air, land and water. Through hands-on activities and live demonstrations, visitors of all ages will learn how nature inspires technology, how to harness the wind to make a vessel glide through water, experiment with helicopter-like wind spinners, play with gears, and more. Interactive activities and demonstrations will be scheduled throughout the day. Most activities are free with EcoTarium admission.
Annual Earth Day Festival takes place on April 20
Earth Week at the EcoTarium culminates on Friday, April 20 with Annual Earth Day Festival, one of Worcester’s most popular events of the year. All visitors enjoy half price admission and a day of family and earth-friendly activities and entertainment, including local favorites, Chuck and Mud. The Earth Day Festival is hosted in conjunction with the Central Massachusetts Regional Environmental Council and is sponsored by Webster Five and Bay State Parent.
Passport to the Universe returns on April 17
In addition, Passport to the Universe, the popular film narrated by actor Tom Hanks, returns to the EcoTarium’s Alden Digital Planetarium on Tuesday, April 17. Showings of the film will be scheduled each day throughout Earth Week. Created by the American Museum of Natural History, in collaboration with NASA, this 30-minute program whisks the viewer on a fascinating ride from Earth to the outskirts of the universe, bringing the epic beauty of space into vivid focus.
Special exhibit about games is a winner
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 nature and science museum. Set in an urban oasis, the EcoTarium offers visitors a chance to take a thrilling multimedia journey through the galaxy at
Massachusetts' first digital planetarium, meet wildlife, stroll nature trails, walk through the treetops (seasonal), ride a narrow-gauge railroad, and get hands-on with three floors of family-friendly exhibits. The museum, 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 ages 2-18 and $10 for seniors and college students. Parking is free. For information, visit www.ecotarium.org, call 508-929-2700 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Julieane K. Frost
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