School’s out and we’ve got a great day of science activities planned for curious kids and their families, included in our regular admission price and free for SSC members.
Explore our maritime heritage through fun games, programs and activities. Be an underwater detective and investigate “time capsule” clues of a shipwreck to uncover the vessel’s story. Learn about the tools and techniques used by maritime archaeologists. See a fish dissection magnified on the big screens in our Gregg Interactive Learning Studio and, for a small additional fee, you can even dissect a squid!
At 12pm, we’ll offer a history walk, where you’ll learn about Odiorne’s military years, when Fort Dearborn was built to protect Portsmouth Harbor during WWII, and see many of the fortifications that remain today. Or, you can take a self-guided tour of the park, Footprints in Time, using one of our audio tour wands or an app on your phone. Ask for details at the admissions desk.
In addition to the scheduled programs below, the Center will be filled with fun crafts and activities for all ages throughout the day. Children can even have their face painted for $1.
Please note that space is limited for the 11:00am and 1:00pm squid dissection programs. Pre-registration is highly recommended. There is a $5 fee for the squid dissection program.
Here is the detailed schedule:
10:00 am – Explore the Tide Pools. Bring your boots and explore the tide pools with us. We’ll search for amazing creatures like sea stars, urchins, crabs, and more. What will you discover?
11:00 am – Squid Dissection. Learn about the squid’s fascinating anatomy and physiology during a guided dissection. There is a $5 fee; please register by clicking the link to our website below.
12:00 pm – History Walk. Learn about Odiorne’s military years, when Fort Dearborn was built to protect Portsmouth Harbor during WWII, and see many of the fortifications that remain today.
1:00 pm – Squid Dissection. Learn about the squid’s fascinating anatomy and physiology during a guided dissection. There is a $5 fee; please register by clicking the link to our website below.
1:30 pm – Fish Dissection. Discover the anatomy of a fish as we dissect a specimen and display it, magnified, on the big screens of the Gregg Interactive Learning Studio.
2:00 pm – Close Encounters. The Gulf of Maine is home to many species that live in the sandy substrate. Join us for a chance to learn about, and get up-close to, chain cat sharks, little skates and horseshoe crabs, and more.
3:00 pm – Creature Feature: Lobsters. Crusher claws, cutter claws, pincher legs, and long whipping antennae make these arthropods a frightful sight for some, but we love them here at the Center! Find out why the American Lobster, Homarus americanus, is such a fascinating creature.
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