Discovery Center's Family Friday series to kick off

Starting Friday, June 17 and continuing through Friday, Aug. 12, Discovery Center Museum will play, explore and create summer fun as part of the summer 2005 installment of the Museum’s annual Family Friday series. The series is sponsored by Target Greatland and the Illinois Arts Council.

These family-oriented special events are from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each Friday and explore a different topic every week. Cost is included with admission to Discovery Center, which is inside Riverfront Museum Park at 711 N. Main St. No pre-registration is required and pizza, pop and snacks will be available for purchase each Friday. As part of Family Fridays programming, children and their families will, through the use of hands-on activities and fun-filled presentations, learn about space, monsters, money, explosions, bugs, photography, fireworks, and much more. They’ll even get to launch fruits and vegetables from a giant catapult.

The summer 2005 Family Fridays schedule is as follows:

What’s Cookin’

Friday, June 17

Sample some Family Friday favorites in this science smorgasbord of hands-on activities guaranteed to whet your appetite and keep you coming back for more.

STAR WARS Jr. Jedi Academy

Friday, June 24

Design a landspeeder and learn about lightsabers as you explore the galaxy.

Take in a special planetarium show, talk to a stormtrooper, and use the forces.

Does it Float?

Friday, July 1

Help test some oddball objects to see if they’ll sink or float. You’ll even dabble with root beer floats and parade floats as you push the limits of physics to find a flinker.


Monday, July 4; 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Spud guns, rockets, sparkles and flags! The museum is peeking at patriotic science for this explosive celebration. Leave your car parked and take the short walk downtown to the parade and fireworks.

Myths and Monsters

Friday, July 8

Test your own fear factor as you fiddle with phobias and decide which monsters don’t deserve the name! Vote for your favorites, be a contestant in a game show, walk a labyrinth, and more!

Loose Change

Friday, July 15

Wander the streets of Moneyville, the temporary exhibit, and join an unusual “price is right” game. Test your science skills as you create currency, foil forgers, and explore spending.

Jim Gill’s Silly Songs

Friday, July 22; 11:30 a.m.; 1:30 p.m.

Kids, parents, and friends will be singing, dancing, and sneezing during these energetic songs. Bring a blanket or lawn chair so all can enjoy this indoor concert together. Show times are 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Picture This!

Friday, July 29

Create photographs without a camera, fashion a frame, make an animated cartoon, and be a TV star.

Bugs, Slugs, and Snails

Friday, Aug. 5

Get a close-up view of some incredible critters. Curl up with a cockroach, sample slug slime, and determine what snails snack on. You’ll also play with puppets and eat some insects.

Splish Splash Splat

Friday, Aug. 12

Bring some fruit to fuel a giant catapult. Make a squirter, dunk your favorite staff member, explore water balloon ballistics, and other messy stuff. Dress to get wet.

Info: 963-6769 or

From the June 15-21, 2005, issue

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