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Adventure Science Center Brings Back the 12 Days of Science
Full lineup of holiday programs begins Dec. 14

NASHVILLE, Nov. 21, 2013—The 12 Days of Science are back at Adventure Science Center for the holidays! Kicking off Dec. 14, the 12 Days of Science offers a full lineup of activities for the entire family through New Year’s Eve, including an ornament-making lab, holiday laser shows, extreme science demonstrations and much more.
 
For a complete schedule of events, visit www.adventuresci.org or scroll down.
 
Visitors will have no trouble catching the holiday spirit during the 12 Days of Science as they enter through the life-size North Pole gates and pass by a 10-foot snowman on their way to three floors of interactive exhibits for all ages.
 
Among the current exhibits at Adventure Science Center is the annual All Aboard for Trains, with its collection of working model railroads. Visitors can control moving elements of the displays as the trains travel through miniature landscapes. And younger children won’t want to miss Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends.
 
Adding to the merriment, the Sudekum Planetarium is showing a holiday laser program that features brilliant laser animation and thousands of stars performing to the music of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Burl Ives, Randy Travis, Mariah Carey and others. Show times available at www.sudekumplanetarium.com.
 
Adventure Science Center provides an interactive environment where both young and old can engage in fun, educational activities: climb to the top of the 75-foot Adventure Tower and view the Nashville skyline; pilot a full-motion flight simulator; explore the complex systems inside the human body; or travel across the solar system in the massive Space Chase exhibition.
 
Located at 800 Fort Negley Boulevard in Nashville, the Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day). Admission is $13 for adults; $11 for children ages 2 to 12, $12 for seniors 65+; and free for members and certified Tennessee teachers (with valid school ID). The 12 Days of Science activities are included with general admission, except where noted. Planetarium tickets may be purchased for an additional charge.
 
For more information, visit www.adventuresci.org or call (615) 862-5160.
 
12 Days of Science Schedule (subject to change):
 
Saturday, Dec. 14 – The 12 Days of Science Kickoff
Enjoy a special presentation by Wacky Dr. Winter about the Wild Winter Weather on Earth. Make an LED holiday ornament to take home. Watch live science demonstrations about extreme hot and cold, and wear your “tackiest” holiday sweater for a fun contest. 

Sunday, Dec. 15 – Snowbirds!
Meet WSMV Channel 4’s Snowbird! Learn how penguins survive at the cold, icy South Pole. Attend a special lab about penguins (additional lab fee applies).

Saturday, Dec. 21 – Musical Wonderland
Catch the Nashville Symphony Ensemble playing holiday tunes and sharing information about their instruments. Sample an assortment of instruments, or try a new one at the Musical Petting Zoo provided by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “See” your voice on a computer screen, and experiment with sound waves and pitch.

Sunday, Dec. 22 – Frozen in Time
Discover what happens to everyday objects when they are cooled down to -321 degrees Fahrenheit. Enjoy liquid nitrogen frozen treats!

Monday, Dec. 23 – The Joys of Toys
Try out some of the newest high-tech toys on the market, and look inside to find out how they work. Test your skills with LEGO® Mindstorms® robots.

Tuesday, Dec. 24 – Polar Pointers
Learn about magnets, magnetic levitation and why your compass doesn’t point to the real North Pole! Make an ornament using beads that respond to ultraviolet radiation by changing color.

Thursday, Dec. 26 – There’s SNOW Place Like Home!
Explore the science of snowballs and snowmen with special presentations on melting snow and ice, throwing snowballs and snow formation.

Friday, Dec. 27 – Winter, It’s Not for the Birds!
Investigate the birds of Tennessee and bird migration. Make your own winter peanut butter bird feeder to take home.

Saturday, Dec. 28 – Wild Winter Weather
Examine the wild side of winter weather with a make-your-own-weather-station science activity. Meet a real meteorologist from TV, and learn how clouds and storms form.

Sunday, Dec. 29 – Extreme Temperatures
Compare different degrees of heat and cold, and discover an unseen universe using infrared light. Chill out at the infrared wall and study the science of hot and cold!

Monday, Dec. 30 – Frost Bites
Explore the season’s sweeter side with the chemistry of candy. Learn about taste buds, winter gardening and food engineering. Enjoy some liquid nitrogen ice cream!

Tuesday, Dec. 31 – Happy Noon Year!
Celebrate the New Year without staying up until midnight! It’s a fun way for families with younger children to celebrate together. Don’t miss the noisemakers, dancing, balloon drop, and much more.

About Adventure Science Center
For more than 65 years, Adventure Science Center has brought science to life for students, teachers and families in Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, Northern Alabama and beyond. The Center offers hands-on, interactive exhibits and engaging programs that encourage visitors of all ages to explore how science is relevant in their lives. Adventure Science Center encourages imagination and curiosity in a fun, dynamic learning environment. For more information, call (615) 862-5160 or visit www.adventuresci.org.

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