HOL­I­DAY SCI­ENCE

Chil­dren’s Mu­seum of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy of­fers Sen­sa­tional Snowflakes pro­gram

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Lau­ren Hal­li­gan lhal­li­[email protected]­i­tal­first­media.com re­porter

One lo­cal mu­seum has lots in store for chil­dren this hol­i­day sea­son to keep them think­ing about sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy over the school va­ca­tion.

On Satur­day, the be­gin­ning of most school breaks, a group of kids from around the Cap­i­tal Re­gion spent the af­ter­noon at The Chil­dren’s Mu­seum of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy, where a sea­sonal Sen­sa­tional Snowflakes pro­gram was be­ing of­fered for mu­seum go­ers.

In the hands-on ac­tiv­ity, young par­tic­i­pants ex­plored how and why snowflakes are formed, and had the chance to cre­ate a spe­cial snowflake or two to take home that day.

Held on the first day of win­ter, the pro­gram was meant to tie in with the sea­son, said mu­seum ed­u­ca­tor and vol­un­teer co­or­di­na­tor and Han­nah McClear­nen, who was run­ning the Sen­sa­tional Snowflakes event.

“This is just be­cause it’s win­ter. The snow is a lot of fun. Every­one loves snow,” she said be­fore go­ing over the ba­sics of the wa­ter cy­cle at­ten­dees

Par­ents who brought their chil­dren to Satur­day’s pro­gram thought it would be a nice ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­ity for a win­ter af­ter­noon.

“It was some­thing for him to do on a cold week­end day,” said Niskayuna dad Chris LaVen­ture as his five-year-old made some snowflake art.

Pro­grams like this one will con­tinue through­out the com­ing week and into the new year.

“We want to make sure that there are op­por­tu­ni­ties for fam­i­lies to en­joy time out to­gether and in­ves­ti­gate the fun of sci­ence while kids are out of school,” said Cather­ine Gil­bert, vice pres­i­dent at The Chil­dren’s Mu­seum of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy.

In ad­di­tion to lo­cal fam­i­lies, the Troy mu­seum sees a lot of folks from out of town who are vis­it­ing the area for the hol­i­days dur­ing this time of year, Gil­bert noted.

Ac­tiv­i­ties planned for the days ahead in­clude a rid­dle solv­ing scav­enger hunt, some “Beat The Clock!” sci­ence chal­lenges and a Hud­son River Ex­pe­ri­ence, along with mul­ti­ple As­ton­ish­ing An­i­mals, Sim­ply Sci­ence, Ex­cit­ing En­gi­neer­ing and Full STEAM Ahead ses­sions.

Though the mu­seum will be closed Dec. 24 through 26 for Christ­mas, it will be open on Dec. 23 and 30, which are Mon­days when the mu­seum is typ­i­cally closed.

On New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, the mu­seum will present its an­nual “Noon Year” cel­e­bra­tion, when young­sters will count down to noon rather than mid­night and march in a mu­seum wide pa­rade.

All are in­vited to ring in the Noon Year with laugh­ter, learn­ing and fun.

“Noon Year is very ex­cit­ing. It’s su­per fun,” Gil­bert said, ex­plain­ing the event’s pur­pose. “The op­por­tu­nity for kids to be able to cel­e­brate at a child­friendly time is our as­pi­ra­tion.”

This year, the mu­seum has cho­sen Frozen Sci­ence as a theme for this event, with sev­eral ac­tiv­i­ties that will in­ves­ti­gate the cool sci­ence of all things frozen.

They in­clude cre­at­ing a crown and win­ter wand, meet­ing live an­i­mals, mov­ing around in the CMOST Dance Party, mak­ing glit­ter slime in icy cold colors, en­gi­neer­ing a mini-cas

tle made of ice, dec­o­rat­ing su­gar cook­ies and en­joy­ing a hot choco­late bar, plus ad­di­tional pop-up ac­tiv­i­ties.

The event is suit­able for all ages. All ac­tiv­i­ties are in­cluded with mu­seum ad­mis­sion, which is $8 per per­son, or free for those younger than age two. There is no need to pre­reg­is­ter.

Those who haven’t vis­ited The Chil­dren’s Mu­seum of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy in a while may also be in­ter­ested in check­ing out the new space ex­hibit, which re­cently made its de­but in the fall.

More in­for­ma­tion about The Chil­dren’s Mu­seum of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy, which is lo­cated at 250 Jor­dan Road in Troy, is avail­able on­line at www.cmost.org or by call­ing (518) 2352120.

LAU­REN HAL­LI­GAN - MEDIANEWS GROUP

Three-year-old Ben­jamin Lund of Niskayuna paints a blue snowflake dur­ing a Sen­sa­tional Snowflake pro­gram on Satur­day at The Chil­dren’s Mu­seum of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy.

LAU­REN HAL­LI­GAN - MEDIANEWS GROUP

Suzanne Martin, right, and Sa­van­nah Martin, left, check out the new space ex­hibit at the at The Chil­dren’s Mu­seum of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy dur­ing their visit on Satur­day.

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