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Photo by Jimmy McDonald |Discovery Place KIDS-Rockingham at 233 E. Washington St., in downtown Rockingham.
Photo by Jimmy McDonald |Discovery Place KIDS-Rockingham at 233 E. Washington St., in downtown Rockingham.
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The Discovery Place family of museums will offer educators a chance to experience curiosity, imagination and exploration free of charge during special Educator Saturdays throughout September, beginning Sept. 7.

Educators can immerse themselves in the wonder of science at Discovery Place, the beauty of nature at Charlotte Nature Museum and the excitement of educational play at Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville and Discovery Place KIDS-Rockingham. Throughout their visit, they will see how learning experiences can extend outside the classroom and enhance teaching plans. Complimentary admission will be valid for all educators plus one guest.

Educator Saturdays provide the chance to explore the array of exhibits, labs, live programming, outdoor adventures, and films that are offered daily at the museums and consider how these experiences enhance student learning. From hands-on lab classes in robotics to live animal interactions and imaginative role playing, Discovery Place, Charlotte Nature Museum and both Discovery Place KIDS Museums help educators meet demanding curriculum requirements by offering engaging, state-of-the-art educational experiences. Each participating educator will receive a packet to take home that includes the museums’ new Educator Guides, special coupons and the chance to win a free field trip for their class (transportation not included).

Educator Saturdays will be held during regular museum hours, Saturday, Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28. Educators must present their school ID to receive free admission. Parking will be validated for educators on the day of each event. Reservations are not required but educators should visit Admissions upon arrival to register and receive information and parking validation. For more information call 704-372-6261, ext. 300, or email info@discoveryplace.org.

About Discovery Place

One of the top hands-on science museums in the nation, Discovery Place provides ever-changing, entertaining facilities that engage people in the active exploration of science and nature. The museum brings relevant, contemporary science to life through groundbreaking exhibitions, interactive educational programming and hands-on activities. Nearly a half-million people from all over the United States engage with Discovery Place and its IMAX Dome Theatre each year.

Discovery Place is located in uptown Charlotte at 301 N. Tryon St. Convenient parking is available in the museum’s parking deck — the Carol Grotnes Belk Complex — at the corner of Sixth and Church Streets.

For more information about Discovery Place, call 704-372-6261, visit discoveryplace.org or connect with Discovery Place on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Discovery Place Inc. owns and operates Discovery Place, Charlotte Nature Museum, Discovery Place KIDS–Huntersville and Discovery Place KIDS–Rockingham and is supported, in part, with funding from the Arts & Science Council.

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