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Local science center reopens its doors to the public

Kids play with a typographic sandbox during the opening of Discovery Space’s new location Sunday on North Atherton Street.
Kids play with a typographic sandbox during the opening of Discovery Space’s new location Sunday on North Atherton Street. psheehan@centredaily.com

A local science education center reopened its doors this weekend to members and the public. Discovery Space, now at 1224 N. Atherton St., is a place for young, curious thinkers to explore the way science is behind every aspect of our lives. The center closed its previous downtown location on Aug. 25.

The new location allows more space for the center to display its more than 45 interactive exhibits, ranging from anatomy to building centers to entomology.

“That was an issue we ran into at our former location. We simply did not have the room for everything to be on display so we would send some of our exhibits to schools and libraries,” Michele Crowl, executive director, said. “Here, we’re able to show everything all the time.”

Crowl said the the center’s soft open Saturday was an enormous success, as excitement was prevalent.

“We have some members who have been coming for five years. We offer a variety of camps throughout the year to satisfy kids who have a desire to constantly learn more, there we a lot of friendly, familiar faces” Crowl said.

One of the center’s biggest fans, Anja Lee, 11, of State College, visited with her mother on Sunday.

“I really, really like the music room best. I play the cello and ukelele at home and love everything related to music,” Lee said.

Lee was also excited to share that her name was also on the wall of elements. “Acetate,” to be precise.

Crowl said the center is currently offering a course in American Sign Language, and has a lot of new camps and courses starting in early October.

“All of our programs are updated regularly on our website,” Crowl said. “Our programs are open to anyone, but we specialize in the 2-12 age range. We are looking to offer classes to slightly older kids as the school year proceeds.”

Discovery Space is open to members and the public Wednesday through Sunday.

“We host large field trips on Mondays and Tuesdays, but due to frequent requests, we are going to stay open until 8 p.m. on Fridays to help accommodate those who can’t arrive until later hours,” Crowl said.

Dusty Sipes: 814-231-4648, @dustysipes

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