It’s winter in the Northern Hemisphere so the Science Museum of Virginia is celebrating all things cold for two weeks of science, discovery and fun. From winter-themed workshops to cool STEM demos, science lovers can chill at the Museum for Cold Science.
And, don’t worry … as a homage to our previous winter break tradition, we’ll still freeze and smash a fruitcake.
Here’s the flurry of activities happening:
- Investigate the physical changes that happen when objects are frozen to -321 degrees Fahrenheit with liquid nitrogen in Super Cool demos happening daily at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
- Experiment with the physics and chemistry of cold substances at pop-up cart stations throughout the Museum.
- Create a LED greeting card or weave a winter wonderland on a handmade loom in The Forge during a workshop at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. each day except Saturdays.
- Visit with Jackie Frost. The science-loving elf will be making appearances throughout the Museum daily. You never know when she’ll blow in!
- Participate in a winter-themed seek and find in the LightPlace exhibit each afternoon for little scientists ages 5 and under.
- Watch Henry, an avalanche rescue expert, and some of his other furry friends show off their life-saving skills and extraordinary bravery during the 10:30 a.m. showing of “Superpower Dogs” in the Dome.
Normally closed to the public Mondays and Tuesdays, the Museum will have adjusted operating hours during those two weeks. During winter break, the Museum will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. December 21 – 23 and December 26 – January 3. It is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Curious-minded guests of all ages are invited to experience all the Cold Science activities, which are included with Museum admission. It’s going to be snow much fun!
Plus, these are the last two weeks the “Giant Insects” traveling exhibition will be on display. Guests can explore six enormous, robotic insects ranging from 40 to 120 times larger than life size; numerous stations to understand how insects eat, their camouflage techniques and identify insect sounds; and terrariums with live bugs. Sponsored locally by Strange’s Florists, Greenhouses, & Garden Centers, “Giant Insects” is also included with Museum admission.
There’s snowplace like home! For science lovers who would like to participate in Cold Science but prefer to stay at home right now, there are STEM at Home activities on the Museum’s website to keep discovery going, such as crystal snowflakes, blubber gloves and made-from-scratch ice cream.
Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
The Museum has made adjustments to operating procedures, including purchasing tickets online in advance, to help ensure a safe environment for all who enter the building. Guests are encouraged to review the reopening policies on the Museum’s website at www.smv.org/welcome before their visit.
Museum members and children two and under are admitted free. The Museum offers discounts for military, teachers and EBT cardholders. Call 804.864.1400 for details about reserving tickets with the discount code. Dome films require an additional ticket.
Richmond Animal Care and Control Looking for Information on Dog Found in Dumpster
The dog was found in a dumpster at the Residences at Westover Hills (5852 Westower Drive). If you have an information please call 647-5573 or email [email protected]
We just don’t know what to say about this one. Swear words want to come out first…followed by tears…then back to bigger swear words. This sweet dog was found in this dumpster at the Residences at Westover Hills. No joke. Citizens saw him and called our team. Officer Jones removed him from the dumpster and took him straight to Virginia Veterinary Centers.
We named him Blue Skies. He’s 10 months old and was in terrible shape; starved, covered in feces, with open wounds on his body-our RACC Medical Pics closed group shows more (if you can handle graphic). We need your help finding the person responsible for his suffering. Please call 647-5573 or email [email protected] with information. Our hearts are breaking over the sweet spirit of this dog that deserves a chance at a better life. Please share-plus he will need a home-email if you can help with that too. #weareyourcityshelter #throwninthetrash #HelpUsHelpHim #ijustcantanymore
Sacred Heart Center Needs Help Filling Up their Food Bank
The Food Bank, in partnership with Bainbridge Community Ministries and Sacred Heart Parish has been able to provide food to 750 community members affected by this crisis.
Sacred Heart Center at 1400 Perry Street runs a food bank and donations are not keeping up with current demand. You can donate items directly (contactless) on Tuesdays and Thursdays or make a donation online.
A message from Sacred Heart Center.
Dear Sacred Heart Center Friends and Family,
While Sacred Heart Center continues to implement our educational programs remotely for our community, we are currently accepting food donations to support our families during this critical time.
Due to the great need that our families experience, demonstrated in the number of people served each time we open the food bank (more than 150 people per day,) through our Food Bank, in partnership with Bainbridge Community Ministries and Sacred Heart Parish, we have been able to provide food to 750 community members affected by this crisis.
We will be accepting food donations on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Donations can be dropped off at the side of our main building, located at 1400 Perry Street. Please drive into Sacred Heart’s parking lot and pull up to the designated parking spot located next to the first door on the left.
Please stay in your vehicle and someone will come to accept your donations.
If you would like to help replenish our food pantry, but are unable to come to the SHC, please consider donating online so that we can continue to support our community at this time.
We are accepting all food items while also strongly asking for foods that our community consumes:
- Corn flour
- Dried or canned beans
- Baby formula
- Snacks for small children
- Canned Vegetables
- Canned Fruit
- Powdered Milk
- Peanut butter
- Tea & Coffee
- Cooking oils
Other items we are accepting:
- Personal Care Products (Deodorants, lotions, dental care, hair care, shaving needs, laundry detergent)
- Diapers (any size)
- Feminine hygiene products
- Latex gloves
- Paper & Plastic bags to distribute food
- Cardboard Boxes to distribute food
- Lysol/Clorox wipes
- Large size diapers (size 4-6)
If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about volunteering for our Curbside Food Bank, please do not hesitate to ask:
If you are in a position to give back to the community, please join us!
To stay up to date on available community resources, please visit our website at: www.shcrichmond.org/en/links We will continue to add more information as it becomes available.
Free Covid-19 Testing Today at Regency Square
As of this morning, the Virginia Department of Health reports 4,515 new positive cases of the coronavirus in the Commonwealth and 63 new deaths as a result of the virus. VDH reports 496 new cases in and around Richmond (Chesterfield: 200, Henrico: 189, and Richmond: 107).
Today’s the day – if you have symptoms of #COVID19 or have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and want to get tested, come out to Regency Square and drive through the parking deck from 10am to 12pm. Learn more: vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/co