Have a hankering for snow and no real prospects of finding any this Christmas? Bundle up the crew and head to Heritage and Science Park, where Dec. 26 through Jan. 1 you’ll find more than 30 tons of snow, ice sculptures, gingerbread houses, themed daily activities, and special showings of “Ice Worlds” in the Dorrance Planetarium and “Penguins 3D” in the IMAX theatre.
Here’s what you’ll find each day:
Thursday, Dec. 26
Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Play in the snow and bring a gingerbread house to display in the lobby until New Year’s Day. You’ll also get to watch “cool” experiments including hot ice and exploding suds.
Friday, Dec. 27
Candy Day: Help decorate sugar cookies, build a solar system wall, enjoy “scents of the season,” gum drop domes, a “candypult” and a candy cane flare experiment.
Saturday, Dec. 28
Gingerbread House Building Day: Chill with family and friends while building gingerbread houses (seating is limited), or create a snowman with unusual materials.
Sunday, Dec. 29
Winter Wonderland Celebration: Take part in the Winter Celebration Snowball Tournament on the Canyon Terrace to win prizes. “Snowballs” are made of yarn and are safe for kids.
Monday, Dec. 30
Winter Animal Wonders: Ever wonder how animals living in cold environments stay warm? Learn how with various activities, including watching “Penguins 3D” in the five-story IMAX theater.
Tuesday, Dec. 31
Sounds of the Season: Ring in the New Year while learning about instruments and sounds of the wild. You can also make noise makers, create hand-made instruments and learn how music affects the brain. Guests are invited to wear their traditional cultural attire for a special All Around the World New Year’s Eve Celebration for families at 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 1
Science behind the Winter Olympics: Ever wonder how the Olympic torch stays lit? You’ll find out — if you’re not too busy testing your toboggan sledding skills.
F YOU GO
What: Snow Week at Arizona Science Center
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 26 through Jan. 1, 2014; special activities take place at various times daily.
Where: Heritage and Science Park (outside Arizona Science Center), 600 E. Washington St.
Cost: $14.95 for adults, $12.95 for seniors, $11 for children ages 3-17
Info: (602) 716-2000 or AZscience.org