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Science Museum heats up winter break with sizzling STEM activities

It will be cold outside, but during winter break, the Science Museum is getting hot, hot, hot with Sizzling Science.

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It will be cold outside, but during winter break, the Science Museum is getting hot, hot, hot with Sizzling Science.

From December 26 through January 1, the Science Museum is cranking up the heat on discovery with special activities throughout the building to get guests fired up about STEM. Programming includes:

  • Firework combustion demos
  • Desert plant and animal adaptation explorations
  • Shrinky Dink making
  • Urban Heat Island challenges
  • Hot pepper tastings
  • Science on a Sphere volcano presentations

In addition to the activities, guests can explore “Skin: Living Armor, Evolving Identity” before it closes January 15. The touring exhibition examines the shape-shifting, color-changing, thought-provoking organ from both the biological and cultural perspective. Dozens of hands-on interactives will spark interest and ignite discovery for guests of all ages.

Sizzling Science activities take place December 26 through January 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Science Museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There are four features playing in The Dome during Sizzling Science, two astronomy shows and two giant screen films. Guests can add a Dome ticket to their visit for “Volcanoes – The Fires of Creation” at 11 a.m., “Living Worlds” at noon, “Into America’s Wild” at 2 p.m. and “We Are Stars” at 3 p.m.

Sizzling Science activities are included with regular Science Museum admission, which is $16 for adults; $13.50 for youth (ages 6 – 12) and seniors (ages 60 and older); and $10 for preschool-aged children (ages 3 – 5). Dome features are $5 per person.

Discounts are available for EBT cardholders. Educators, military personnel and Science Museum members receive free admission. Guests are encouraged to pre-purchase tickets at smv.org.

It all takes place at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220.

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Storm the Gates with Art 180, All City Art Club, and Supply.RVA

Bridging the divide between street art and gallery spaces with street signs, black book works, graffiti pieces, and creative public art activities.

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Art 180, All City Art Club, and Supply.RVA is bringing you their first exhibition of 2023, Storm the Gates, a gallery takeover celebrating graffiti artists, illustrators, cartoonists, and people painting in the corner of their bedrooms and garages. Bridging the divide between street art and gallery spaces with street signs, black book works, graffiti pieces, and creative public art activities.

Join them this Friday during February @rvafirstfridays where they’ll unveil a mural collaboratively painted by All City Art Club and ART 180’s program alumni and current participants.

Friday, February 3
5-9 p.m.
ART 180’s Atlas Gallery
114 W Marshall St.

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Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k unveils finisher medal, participant shirt, and 10k Spirit Contest for 2023 event

Both the shirt and the medal were designed by Frank Anderson, a 5-time participant of the event and Richmond-based Art Director and Graphic Designer.

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The Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k presented by Kroger unveiled the finisher medal and participant shirt for this year’s event during its annual ‘10k Reveal Day,’ which took place at Ukrop’s Market Hall.

This year’s medal, which all participants will receive after crossing the finish line on April 22, celebrates some of the iconic parts of the 10k course. The unique shape mimics the turnaround and halfway point on the 6.2-mile course, while the sun feature is a nod to spring and mimics the stained-glass architecture elements you might spot along Monument Avenue.

The colorful participant shirt compliments the medal design. The dogwood flower commemorates the gorgeous spring foliage spotted along the entire course. Both the shirt and the medal were designed by Frank Anderson, a 5-time participant of the event and Richmond-based Art Director and Graphic Designer. The 2023 10k takes place on April 22, 2023, and marks the 24th running of the event. Registration for this year’s event is open at www.sportsbackers.org, with a price increase set for February 1.

The 6.2-mile road race returns to Broad Street, Monument Avenue, and Franklin Street. There will be a small change to the course. The turnaround will move back to Chantilly instead of Staples Mill and the finish line will shift from Shafer and Franklin closer to Laurel and Franklin. The Sheehy Post Race Festival will return to Monroe Park for the first time since 2016. Since its creation in 2000, the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k has become one of the largest 10k road races in America, with over 540,000 participants taking part in that time.

“Every year participants look forward to seeing the 10k medal and shirt. We know this year’s will quickly become a fan favorite and we can’t wait to see everyone wearing their new tees post-race,” said Meghan Keogh, Race Director for the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k. “We were thrilled to work with Frank Anderson—it’s great to have a local designer familiar with the event. He was able to capture the spirit of race day in commemorative items that people will enjoy for years to come.”

New this year the Porch Party Contest has been combined with the Community Spirit Contest and will now be called the 10k Spirit Contest presented by The Richmond Experience. The new contest aims to celebrate the groups that famously cheer on 10k participants by awarding superlatives and cash prizes. Judges will select one participating group to receive a Grand Prize of $250. Judges will also select winners for Best Porch Party, Judges Choice, Most Spirited, and Best Theme. The groups selected for each of these superlatives will win $100.

“Year after year, cheerful spectators line the sidelines and median of the race route and are the very reason the 10k is often referred to as ‘Richmond’s biggest block party!’” said Samantha Kanipe, Founder & CEO of The Richmond Experience. “We’re thrilled to shine a light on the groups of people that make event day and the RVA community special and to be part of an event that brings the community together in such a unique way.”

You can find more information on the 10k Spirit Contest presented by The Richmond Experience here.

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Community

Summer Camp Registration at Maymont Now Open

Summer seems like a distant dream but it will be here before you know it.

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Explore Nature and History at Maymont

It may be cold outside, but now is the perfect time to enroll your children in Maymont’s popular Summer Camps presented by Papa Johns. Each camp session offers hands-on adventures in nature and history, with animal encounters, games, crafts and learning activities designed to engage pre-schoolers to eighth graders. Whether your camper is an aspiring naturalist, animal handler or history buff, there’s a camp session designed just for them.

Space is limited – reserve your camper’s spot today!

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