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Say Hello to Kaleideum!

The Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem and SciWorks, which merged on July 1, 2016, have a new name: Kaleideum. While still in two separate locations, The Children’s Museum will be called Kaleideum Downtown, and SciWorks will be called Kaleideum North. Eventually, the two museums will be united under the name Kaleideum in one location downtown on the corner of Third Street and Town Run Lane at the site of the former Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department. “Many of us worked very hard over several months to find the right name that would best help people imagine this new organization as we move into the future and into a single location in downtown Winston-Salem,” said Paul Kortenaar, Executive Director — Community. “We found our inspiration in the idea of a kaleidoscope — a simple scientific instrument and toy that also creates beautiful art when you look inside. The kaleidoscope represented the perfect blend of art, creativity, and science.” The word Kaleideum is a blend of kaleidoscope + museum — the etymology is from the Greek kalos, meaning “beautiful,” eidos, meaning “shape” and mouseion, meaning “a seat or shrine of the Muses.” “We loved the image of a kaleidoscope because the instrument itself is a free-choice learning experience that subtly encourages the individual to explore and learn more about our world,” said Elizabeth Dampier, Executive Director — Museum. “Each time a child or adult engages with or manipulates the kaleidoscope, the outcome changes, revealing an image that is new and different. As we plan for a new museum, we want to offer more of these multi-faceted, open-ended experiences that prompt children to test theories, seek answers to questions, think critically, and explore at their own pace . We want [...]

Frozen Science Fun Day 2017 Is Saturday, January 28!

At Frozen Science Fun Day, you'll explore the world of ice and snow by creating a snowstorm in a test tube, making instant snow, experimenting with dry ice, and visiting with special guests Elsa and Anna! Bring your camera! All Frozen Science Fun Day activities are Included with admission. Frozen Science Fun Day Saturday, January 28 1 to 4 pm

Come Out for Festive Family Friday December 9!

Festive Family Friday, sponsored by Spangler, Rohlfing & Lambert Pediatric Dentistry, is festive, fun, music-filled holiday tradition at SciWorks. This year's event is Friday, December 9! For only $1 per person (free for members), you can explore SciWorks, listen to live music, make holiday crafts, watch a festive planetarium laser show, and meet some special guests, including the Chick-fil-A Cow, a Star Wars Jawa, and Santa himself! Meet SciWorks animals and make reindeer food for Rudolph in the popular Animal Zone. Children can visit and have their pictures made with Santa in a winter wonderland, and these optional photos will be available for purchase from Hearts & Arrows Photography. CiCi's Pizza will be selling selling pizza slices for $2, whole pizzas for $10, and a Family Pack (whole pizza + four drinks) for $12. Homemade dessert treats will also be for sale! Last, but not least, take advantage of a SPECIAL, ONE-NIGHT ONLY DEAL! Purchase a Family Membership (for you or to give as a gift) during Festive Family Friday and receive a $10 discount off of the regular price! Festive Family Friday at SciWorks Friday, December 9 4:30-8:30 p.m.

Halloween at CMWS and SciWorks

Don't miss these Halloween adventures at the Museums! Drop-in Spooky Gingerbread House Workshop Saturday, October 22, at the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $6.40 plus admission (while supplies last) Build your own mini gingerbread house with a milk carton, graham crackers, icing, and other treats! Trick-or-Treating Saturday, October 22, at SciWorks 1-4 p.m. Included with admission Trick-or-treat and enjoy “spooky science” demos, Halloween Rock laser shows in the Planetarium, and giveaways provided by Lowes Foods Reynolda Road. Sensory Friendly Night: Halloween Adventure. Friday, October 28, at the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem 5-7:30 p.m. $3 per person Children with autism spectrum disorder and sensory processing differences are invited to the Children’s Museum to trick-or-treat and explore in an accepting environment. Truck & Treat Sunday, October 30, at the Children's Museum of Winston-Salem 1-5 p.m. $5 per person for members and non-members; museum admission included. Coupons are not accepted at this fundraiser Explore more than 25 vehicles, trick-or-treat, and enjoy DJ music, fun activities, a craft, and more! Sponsored by Two Men and a Truck, Duke Energy, Tina S. Merhoff & Associates, and State Farm Donna M. Jones.

‘The Tourist Trap’ Opens at Hanesbrands Theatre

Peppercorn Theatre at the Children's Museum of Winston-Salem presents an original bluegrass puppet musical, The Tourist Trap, August 4-14. Performances will take place at the Arts Council of Winston-Salem's Hanesbrands Theatre. The musical is being offered as a Pay-What-You-Can performance and aims to reach the entire community with new programming for family audiences. With a new score written by The Blue Eyed Bettys - Daniel Emond, Sarah Hund, and Ben Mackel - and an original script and lyrics written by Peppercorn Theatre's co-founder, John Bowhers, The Tourist Trap explores how the power of family can overcome many obstacles: When Rose and Eugene Wayward find themselves stranded with a broken-down car on the way to their daughter's wedding, they discover an unbelievable adventure lying just around the bend. The Steppup Family, a band of bluegrass-playing puppets, welcome the travelers to their struggling roadside attraction where, through story and song, the Waywards discover the incredible potential of family, no matter what size, shape, or color it may come in. Peppercorn Theatre at the Children's Museum of Winston-Salem strives to make theater available to all audiences. By offering The Tourist Trap as a Pay-What-You-Can performance, Peppercorn is providing access to theater for many in the community who would otherwise be unable to afford the experience. Audience members may give whatever they feel comfortable paying for a ticket - whether it is $1 or $100. Peppercorn is also partnering with ABC of NC to offer a sensory-friendly performance of The Tourist Trap on Saturday, August 6, at 2 p.m.. Audiences will enjoy all the fun of a Peppercorn performance in a supportive environment with slight adjustments in the production for those with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensory [...]

Merger and Membership Announcement

The Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem and SciWorks are pleased to announce that the two organizations are officially merged as of July 1, 2016. Effective immediately, memberships and benefits are reciprocal at both locations. “The support and dedication of our members are important to our success today and into the future,” says Elizabeth Dampier, Executive Director – Museum. “We are excited that members of both museums will immediately see more benefits for their membership. For example, a family holding a Children’s Museum membership will also have free admission to SciWorks and is able to receive discounts on birthday parties, camps etc., at that location — and vice versa!” The new membership structure is: Adult + Child: $75. Add one additional child for $20. Grandparent: $95. Includes both grandparents and all grandchildren. Family Membership: $135. Includes up to four adults and all children, as well as reciprocal benefits with museums affiliated with ASTC (Association of Science – Technology Centers) and ACM (Association of Children’s Museums). “Purchasing a Family Membership gives a family the most benefits, including free or discounted access to science centers and children’s museums worldwide,” says Paul Kortenaar, Ph.D, Executive Director – Community. “However, we know that many families may not require that level of access, thus we have memberships at lower price points. Also, current members of either museum can renew their Family Memberships at a discounted price of $125.” There are exciting challenges ahead for the merged museum. “As we determine the best direction forward, we know there are many unanswered questions,” Kortenaar says. “The two museums will remain in their current locations as we work toward combining operations into a single building in downtown Winston-Salem that will transform the visitor experience. In [...]

‘Animal Secrets’ Coming This Summer to SciWorks

Where does a chipmunk sleep? What does an eagle feed its young? How do mother bats find their babies in a cave? Learn the answers to these and many other questions as you explore the hidden habitats and secret lives of forest animals when Animal Secrets opens at SciWorks! The Animal Secrets exhibition is open May 28 -September 11, 2016 at SciWorks. Using imaginative role-play and hands-on activities, you’ll discover nature from an animal’s point of view in naturalistic environments, including a stream, meadow, woodland, cave, and naturalists’ tent. PLAY with animals in a realistic habitat at the Stream. OBSERVE the sights and sounds of the Meadow. PRETEND to be an eagle, chipmunk and raccoon in the Woods. EXPLORE the unfamiliar environment of the Cave. INVESTIGATE specimens from the natural world in the Naturalists’ Tent.  Animal Secrets is specially designed for children ages 3-8 (preschool to 3rd grade school groups) and has English and Spanish text panels. The exhibition areas are: The Stream: A highly interactive stream table and its surrounding environment immerse visitors in the dry streambed area. Dramatize interactions between animals and take care of their ecological needs,such as finding food and shelter, and nurturing young ones. The Woods: Explore a woodland clearing, investigate a tree’s roots, play in a chipmunk’s den, hide in a raccoon’s log, and curl up in an eagle’s nest. The Meadow: Beautifully illustrated murals, including images of wildflowers, blue heron, butterflies, and rabbits, transport you to a grassy meadow. Follow four winding sets of animal tracks to discover which animal made them. Listen for specific animal sounds and try to locate the animals thatare making them. Create your own butterfly wing patterns using multicolored mosaic tiles. The Cave: [...]

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Repair!

Don't toss that broken toaster! Bring it to the Repair Fair and watch-and-learn while it's repaired! We'll have "fixers" available to help with the following items: Bikes Electronics Small appliances Wooden tables and chairs Fabric and clothing Light fixtures Laptops Landline and cell phones Radios Jewelry Toys While we can't guarantee that we can fix your item (and we cannot provide specialized parts), we can promise you'll have fun and learn something in the process!.  Reduce, reuse, recycle... REPAIR! Repair Fair is included with SciWorks admission and Members are FREE! Repair Fair is Saturday, March 19, from 1 to 5 pm. Special thanks to Batteries+Bulbs and BEERSNGEARS for providing two of our repair people!

African American Scientists Exhibit at SciWorks

February is Black History Month, and SciWorks, the Science Center and Environmental Park of Forsyth County, has a new and expanded African American Scientists exhibit on display, which was created in collaboration with high school students at North Forsyth High School and Parkland High School. “Over the last three years, the African American Scientists exhibit has been recreated to represent the best of current science occurring in America's diverse research community,” says Paul Kortenaar, Ph.D, SciWorks executive director. “The individual stories and displays were made possible with the support of students from Parkland High School's Nelson Mandela Society, and this process began three years ago with help from the Science Club at North Forsyth High School. “ The African American Scientists exhibit will be on display throughout February.  

SciWorks and Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem to Merge

The boards of directors of the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem and SciWorks are pleased to announce that the two organizations will merge effective July 1, 2016, with the possibility of eventually combining museum operations into a single, larger building in downtown Winston-Salem that would transform the visitor experience. The merger unites two fiscally sound organizations with complementary missions, engaged boards, and strong fundraising track records. By combining resources, the new organization has the opportunity to reduce costs, offer better visitor access, expand educational programming and better pursue a combined mission: “Inspiring wonder, curiosity, and lifelong learning in our children and community through interactive play and discovery.” “SciWorks, founded more than 50 years ago in Reynolda Village as the Nature Science Center, has been a popular attraction for multiple generations of visitors and currently attracts almost 100,000 visitors each year,” said SciWorks Executive Director Paul Kortenaar. “Similarly, the Children’s Museum has served a generation of families well since it opened more than a decade ago. However, the SciWorks building is in a somewhat inconvenient location for much of the city and will require a substantial investment for repairs and improvements, and the Children’s Museum is in need of more space. Together, our two museums are prepared to serve a new generation from a site that is centrally located and easily accessible.” “The new organization will expand on both museums’ commitment to developing exhibits and programs that provide authentic educational experiences grounded in research-based pedagogy,” said Children’s Museum Executive Director Elizabeth Dampier. “The combined museum will remain focused on our key themes of literacy and science but would offer much greater programming.” A possible new museum in downtown Winston-Salem could become a major destination that can compete [...]