THE ULTIMATE SCIENCE CENTER GIFT GUIDE by Molly Hornbuckle, Marketing Communications Manager


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THE ULTIMATE SCIENCE CENTER GIFT GUIDE by Molly Hornbuckle, Marketing Communications Manager

I blinked and it’s time for the holidays… again.

I don’t understand how it happens, but I’m taken by surprise. Every. Single Year.

You may be feeling pressured by the constant reminders that the gift-giving season is upon us, but don’t fret! I’ve talked with my fellow science nerds here at Adventure Science Center, and we’ve come up with our ULTIMATE gift guide for 2018. From handcrafted items to experiences together, we’ve got everything you need for the science enthusiast in your life.

Blind them with science…


Don’t just give them a thing, gift an experience! Our gift memberships are the gift that keeps on giving. Your family and friends will get to enjoy a full YEAR of science explorations along with all the perks of membership, like discounts on ScienceQuest Camps, labs and more!

Quick Guide:

  • For the nerdy couple, our Gemini level provides access for both of them to come geek out together. Plus, you’ll be giving them free or discounted access to 300+ ASTC museums and institutions across the globe. (I’ve used this perk myself as far away as Singapore!)
  • For the adventurous family, our most popular membership level – Voyager – will get everyone in the household in to spend time exploring, discovering and learning together. It’s a great option for grandparents too!
  • For the astronomy aficionados, our Carver level includes UNLIMITED tickets to the Sudekum Planetarium. You read that right… Unlimited stars. Unlimited lasers. Unlimited fun.

P.S. Our memberships are tax-deductible… an added bonus of giving this gift!

Inspire them to reach for the stars…


I was over the Moon when LEGO® announced the release of their Women of NASA set in 2017! Finally, these women who dared to dream big, who were unafraid to stand up for what they believed in, were getting the recognition they deserve. The set offers opportunities to explore the four featured women’s areas of expertise, and it’s great for role-playing space missions!

Go on a journey through the BREW world…


You’ll have to crack open this gift a bit early for the craft beer enthusiast in your life, because our 10th annual Science of Beer will be the best one yet! From distillation demonstrations with Corsair Distillery to a special holiday market featuring live music from Porter Road Jug Band, they can explore the science center while enjoying unlimited samples of beers from across the globe on Dec. 20.

Go the extra mile and get them an Explorers’ Lounge ticket for early access, exclusive beer-snack pairings, and special gifts from Bongo Java and us!

P.S. This event is just for the kids at heart! Must be 21 or older to attend.

Showcase support for science…


If you’ve got a budding science activist in your life, I’d recommend perusing the March for Science website. Filled with unique posters, t-shirts, mugs, phone cases, hats, onesies and more, these items will give them a chance to show their support of the sciences every day. Plus, you’ll have the added benefit of supporting a nonprofit organization that advocates for equitable evidence-based policies that serve all communities in their honor. Pretty cool, if you ask me!

Give them something uniquely you…


Don’t want to purchase something from the store? No problem! Register for one of our upcoming I2 Maker Labs to create a one-of-a-kind DIY gift using high-tech tools like 3D printers, laser cutters and more. Some of my favorite labs available right now involve creating your own lasercut clock, turning yourself into a 3D printed action figure, and designing pixel-based video games the family can play together!

If you can’t make it in for an I2 Maker Lab, check out our DIY Science activities. They’re full of awesome, science-based ideas for things you can make using materials found around your home!

Go prehistoric…


Available in both adult and child sizes, an inflatable T-Rex costume is what any dinosaur enthusiast needs! Blow friends and family away with this hilarious costume that will have everyone roaring in laughter. Added bonus… you’ll be set for next Halloween!

Find that quirky science giftable…


Step into our Gift Shop for an awe-inspiring selection of science gifts that will keep them talking! From experiment and observation kits to role-play sets and eccentric socks, make our gift shop your one-stop shop for the science fan in your life.

Our top items RIGHT NOW include:

  • For the train fanatic, our All Aboard for Trains exhibition includes a mini-gift shop filled to the brim with model trains!
  • For the nature lover, our geodes offer a fun way to continue the National Geographic presents: Earth Explorers fun while encouraging environmental learning.
  • For the physics nut, you can’t go wrong with a classic Newton’s Cradle! Whether they put it on their desk or keep it at home to play, it’s sure to entrance and delight. 
  • For the budding astronomer, grab a tin of Crazy Aaron’s Galactic Putty. Available in a variety of color schemes that mimic the planetary bodies in our solar system, this gift brings sensory play to stellar heights!

P.S. You don’t need to purchase admission to visit our main Gift Shop!

Learn while gaming…


Did you know Minecraft has an Education Edition of the game?! Whether you’ve got a homeschooler or simply want to keep learning alive at home, this popular, open-world game promotes creativity, collaboration and problem-solving in an immersive environment without limits. With the Education Edition, you’re able to collaborate on projects, document your work, see learning objectives in-game, and even get digital resources to learn more. The game just keeps getting better, as it recently added a Code Builder update to help you learn how to write your own code.

Let them choose an adventure…


So, maybe you’re not quite sure what they want. Our gift cards are the perfect “choose-your-own-adventure” solution. Available at any amount, they can be used on pretty much anything inside our walls.

  • Admission tickets – ✓
  • Planetarium tickets – ✓
  • Memberships – ✓
  • Labs & Classes – ✓
  • Gift Shop items – ✓
  • Yoga Under the Stars – ✓
  • So much more? – ✓

Gift cards are available at both the Guest Services desk in our lobby and in the Gift Shop.

Happy Holidays!

- Molly Hornbuckle, Marketing Communications Manager

Posted by Molly Hornbuckle at 9:00 AM
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