The Science Museum of Virginia invites race fans of all ages to enjoy special activities during winter break.
The Science Museum is revving STEM engines this holiday season by offering The Fast and the Curious, seven days of race-themed experiences showcasing speed, power and performance. The special event coincides with the Science Museum hosting the “Hot Wheels™: Race to Win™” touring exhibition through January 23.
Educator-led activities located throughout the Science Museum include:
- Exploring mass and friction on the Bobsled Track.
- Experimenting with variables that change the speed of melting ice in Ready, Set, Melt.
- Experiencing fast-paced chemistry in Speedy Chemical Reactions.
Guests can attend three live science demos in the Barbara Thalhimer Theater each day, including:
- Force and Motion at 10:30 a.m. about how Newton’s laws of motion factor into race car engineering.
- Rat Basketball at 1:30 p.m. featuring whiskered players learning how to speed down the court to dunk.
- Simple Machines at 3:30 p.m. exploring how the six basic mechanical elements factor into the most complex racing vehicles.
Hands-on activities in The Forge and Art Lab let guests build a collaborative room-spanning race car track and decorate a fold-your-own paper racecar.
Plus, the Science Museum will display a literal hot wheel, an authentic SR-71 Blackbird jet tire. Why doesn’t it burst into flames when exposed to the heat caused by flying over three times the speed of sound? Guests will find out what makes it so special.
The Science Museum will have the activities shined up and ready December 27 through January 2. The building is open those days 9:30 a.m. through 5 p.m.
With schools closed for winter break, it’s the perfect time to visit the Science Museum. Caregivers can activate their child’s curious mind and expand their learning with familiar toys combined with exciting science experiments.
The Fast and the Curious activities and “Hot Wheels™: Race to Win™” are included with Science Museum admission. Members and children two and under are admitted free. The Science Museum offers discounts for military, teachers and EBT cardholders. Call 804.864.1400 for details about reserving tickets with the discount code.
Guests may purchase tickets at smv.org.
Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
The Dairy Bar in Scott’s Addition closes after 76 years; Tang & Biscuit to take over with new concept
After over 76 years in business, The Dairy Bar has closed its doors in Scott’s Addition, but new life is planned for the space.
After over 76 years in business, The Dairy Bar has closed its doors in Scott’s Addition, but new life is planned for the space. The restaurant, which opened in 1946 as The Curles Neck Place (when owned by Curles Neck Dairy) and was renamed The Dairy Bar in the 1980s, was a mainstay in the constantly-changing neighborhood. It ultimately succumbed to the COVID-19 pandemic and inflation, according to a post by owner Corey Martin, who purchased the business from longtime owners Bill and Tricia Webb in 2020:
To our valued patrons:
It is with heavy heart that the Dairy Bar has shut down. It has been somewhat of a Richmond Landmark since 1946. COVID placed a heavy hit on the Dairy Bar and once reopening was allowed the decline in sales along with increase in wages as well as food costs proved to be all but impossible to show a profit for a business with such tight margins. Once we were made aware that the former Landlord had sold the property we were pleased to find that the new buyers were literally business people from Scotts Addition neighborhood [sic]. They worked with us to allow an amicable and smooth transition. We so appreciate having the opportunity of meeting so many wonderful and colorful people both the patrons as well as our dedicated employees
The new owner Martin was speaking of is Stanley Shield Partnership, which bought the building and adjacent properties totaling 1.5 acres earlier this year for $7 million, according to Richmond BizSense. While there are currently no known plans to redevelop the property, the firm has developed nearby mixed-use projects including The Scout on Myers Street.
Neighboring shuffleboard bar Tang & Biscuit, which opened in 2018, announced today it will be taking over the space and plans to create a breakfast and lunch spot with a “funky diner feel” called Biscuits & Gravy.
No word yet on when renovations will take place or when the space will open.
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Dive In For Shark Science This Summer
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Sharks are one of the oldest and most successful predators ever to have lived, but their millions of years of existence still haven’t given humans enough time to overcome fears about the misunderstood animal. In a new touring exhibition on display at the Science Museum of Virginia beginning May 28, guests will learn that sharks have more to fear about humans than we do about the fascinating aquatic creatures.
In “Planet Shark: Predator or Prey,” guests will trace millions of years of evolution, come face-to-face with the great white shark, learn the true impact of the shark fin trade and gain a new level of respect for sharks of all shapes and sizes. The exhibition features shark models cast from real animals, a collection of real teeth and jaws, and extremely rare fossils — some up to 370 million years old.
“Often, what we don’t understand, we fear,” said Virginia C. Ellett Director of Education Timshel Purdum. “The fact that sharks are mysterious combined with decades of media hype has made us scared to dive into their underwater world. In this exhibition, guests will see that sharks are majestic, diverse, powerful and supremely adapted for their environment. Most importantly, they will see that humans are the real threat through practices driving dozens of species to the brink of extinction.”
Created in Australia by Grande Experiences and an international team of experts in sharks, marine biology and oceanographic cinematography, “Planet Shark: Predator or Prey” is the only comprehensive shark experience to tour the world. An immersive walk-through gallery utilizes cinema-quality SENSORY4™ technology and features 45 minutes of incredible high-definition underwater footage of sharks in their natural habitats.
“Learning about jaw-dropping shark adaptations and incredible behaviors will go a long way toward helping guests face their fear,” said Purdum. “We’re celebrating all things shark this summer, and I’m confident our enthusiasm for these amazing animals will not only entertain, but also change perspectives.”
Whether they are filled with fear or fascination, the innovative out-of-water shark experience will have guests hooked from start to finish.
To complement the exhibition, the Science Museum is offering ocean-themed demos and educational activities throughout the building and hosting Science After Dark events and Lunch Break Science presentations. In addition, the Science Museum is showing the giant screen film “Great White Shark” in The Dome this summer and is hosting “JARS: Sharks on Loan,” a touring exhibition featuring dozens of shark specimens in jars from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science at the College of William & Mary.
During regular Science Museum operating hours (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.), admission to “Planet Shark: Predator or Prey” is available through a combination ticket that includes access to the exhibition as well regular Science Museum exhibits. Admission is $21 for adults; $18.50 for youth (ages 6 – 12) and seniors (ages 60 and older); and $15 for preschool-aged children (ages 3 – 5). Discounts are available for teachers, military personnel and EBT cardholders. Science Museum members receive free admission to the exhibition. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets at smv.org.
Not only is the Science Museum reopening seven days a week when “Planet Shark: Predator or Prey” debuts, but to give guests even more chances to see the exhibition while it’s in Richmond, the Science Museum is also offering extended hours June 3 through September 2. On Fridays, the Science Museum will remain open until 8 p.m. “Planet Shark: Predator or Prey” will be the only experience open after 5 p.m., and admission is only $10 during those evenings.
“Planet Shark: Predator or Prey” is on display at the Science Museum through September 5. It was created and produced by Grande Experiences and is generously sponsored locally by Markel and GEICO Philanthropic Foundation. Shark-related summer programming in “The Forge” is sponsored by Brandermill Animal Hospital. Educator-led cart activities this summer are sponsored by The London Company.
Suspension Bridge to Belle Isle Closed Today
The bridge should be completed by the weekend.
The suspension pedestrian bridge to Belle Isle is temporarily closed due to concrete falling from Lee Bridge.
The closure took place Wednesday after city officials received reports of concrete pieces being found on the pedestrian bridge.
“It was concluded that the concrete pieces fell from an open joint of the Lee Bridge. Consequently, the pedestrian bridge located directly under the open joint had to be closed in an effort to protect the public,” a release said.
While the engineers say there is no serious danger they’re putting in a scaffolding protection system along some stretches of the bridge. The installation is taking place today (Thursday) and is expected to be done Friday.
Dominion RiverRock is this weekend and temperatures are in expected in the upper 90’s so usage of the bridge and Belle Isle will be at a season-high.