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Himalayan Salt Lamp (On sale for $15 with any purchase, regularly $30)

If you’ve been searching for unique, creative, educational, quirky or just plain fun gifts, we’ve made your holiday shopping a lot easier!

Check out our top gift ideas for 2012, available at Shop Science or Shop Science is open to the public during regular Museum hours. Discovery Place Members receive a 20% discount on all purchases.

Himalayan Salt Lamp (On sale for $15 with any purchase, regularly $30) – These best-selling lamps act as natural air purifiers. The heat from the bulb warms the salt crystal, causing it to release negative ions that help remove allergens, dust, smoke, bacteria and other allergens from the air.

Fireworks Lightshow ($46.99) – This booming handheld launcher projects images of fireworks onto the walls or ceiling with realistic sound e… Keep reading.

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My desk is covered with straw rockets, jellyfish in a bottle, crystal ink paintings, molecular snowflakes and all kinds of other experiments that will make Winter Break Camps extraordinary!

When the kids are out of school, what's a parent to do?

We've found a cool solution here at Discovery Place -- Winter Break Camps!

This time of year, many of us are looking for ways to make the school break extraordinary for the children in our lives. Why not give them an opportunity to have fun and learn?

Our Winter Break Camps are active and informative, sparking the imagination in a wide range of subjects. Each Camp is packed with as much excitement and activity as we can fit in one day.

How do I know? Well, I happen to be the biggest kid in the Museum! I'm the lucky person who gets to create and test everything our Winter Break Camps offer. I'm about to tell you a secret, so don't tell anyone…

…this is really my job. No kidding! As the Learning Experiences Camp Coordina… Keep reading.

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Frog with a Good Realtor, Gabriel, Age 10

This past summer, cameras were full flutter.

From aspiring paparazzi to mini photographers, The Crittercam Photo Contest, inspired by National Geographic Crittercam: The World Through Animal Eyes showcased a flurry of fantastic photos captured by kids. After receiving so many incredible images, it was quite a challenge to determine which deserved the top shutterbug spots.

Submissions were judged by a panel of VIP judges from Discovery Place, Charlotte Parent and local businesses.

Categories included:

Two years old and younger.

Pet’s Eye View
Preschool, Elementary School, Middle School and High school.

What do animals do when there are no humans around?
Preschool, Elementary School, Middle School and High school.

Best in Show
All entries were accepted… Keep reading.

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IMAX Decks: a little different than the ones you might find in your backyard.

If you have ever been on a visit to Discovery Place, you have probably walked past the giant glass wall that contains decks with film reels, a massive projector, monitor (and much more!) which together operate the Charlotte Observer IMAX® Dome Theatre. I had the pleasure of experiencing the inner workings of this theatre with projectionists Stuart Lundsten and Brian Hester. I had no concept of the precision and complexities that go hand-in-hand with operating this mechanical masterpiece until slipping behind the scenes.

Due to the dome shape of the screen, IMAX® at Discovery Place is well known for its ability to make you feel like you are completely immersed in the movies. It provides the illusion that you are floating “above waterfalls” or are in the midst of a “vast Arctic landscape”… Keep reading.

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Will you be here to talk turkey later this month?

What animal has a bright red snood on top of its beak and wattle underneath and makes noises called a “gobble,”? A Turkey, of course! (if you guessed a goose; better luck next time!).

Stop by the Explore More Collections lab this month to talk some turkey as our educators shed light on this fascinating species every day at 2:00 p.m. Make a turkey craft (not a sandwich!), learn more about this boisterous bird and meet Charlotte’s very own Mr. T the Turkey!

Mr. T, our fowl feathered VIP is swooping in Saturday, November 24 and will be on the Museum floor (just outside Discovery 3D Theatre near the Explore More Life lab) from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. visiting guests and shaking his tail feather. A popular resident of the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, Mr. T loves people and has a winning per… Keep reading.

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Meet some Madagascar hissing cockroaches

What is it about hairy little legs, antennas, horns, and pincers that instantly get under people’s skin? Some are fascinated by them: some are afraid. Everything from tarantula spiders to two-headed cats are being showcased in the Explore More Collections lab through the end of the month at 2:00 p.m.. Many of these ‘creepy crawlies’ are guaranteed to raise a couple of hairs on your head!

I had the privilege of meeting with Explore More Life and Explore More Collections educator Chris Eckart who gave me the lowdown on the arsenal of insects that make up the “creepy crawlies.” He began by introducing me to an African millipede, archispirostreptus gigas.

Millipedes have twice as many legs as the centipede. They aren’t the tastiest animals on the food chain and use this to their advan… Keep reading.

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