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Hill Country Science Mill Forecast Calls for Snow Day

Kids of all ages enjoyed Snow Day last year at the Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City. The event returns 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, with twice as much snow, which means twice as much fun. The Science Mill is located at 101 S. Lady Bird Lane. The event will be postponed if it rains. Go to for more information. Staff photo by Jared Fields

JOHNSON CITY — While meteorologists might scratch their heads at the idea of promising snow on Saturday, Jan. 14, in Johnson City, the Hill Country Science Mill folks are doing just that — in a big way.

The second annual Snow Day celebrates winter with plenty of snow and fun. Yes, the two go hand in hand, or more like, mitten in glove. Last year, the event drew such a big response that Science Mill officials brought it back and added more snow.

In fact, visitors can expect twice as much snow — 20 tons of it — at this year’s Snow Day, which is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane.

The science museum features several hands-on exhibits, and Snow Day is no different.

Kids can enjoy an ice piano, a snowball catapult, a mini-snowman-building contest, a snowball radar, and “snow” much more.

Science Mill officials encourage visitors to bring mittens and gloves to keep their hands warm while playing in the snow. Another tip for adults is to bring an extra change of clothes for the kids as they will get wet playing in the snow.

You should also bring a playful heart with a plan to have fun because that’s what the event is all about. The only downside is it’s on a Saturday, so kids won’t get out of school for this snow day.

Still, it’s definitely worth the trip to Johnson City.

Along with Snow Day, all the regular museum activities are open and included in the admission. The 3D movie, “Titans of the Ice Age,” will be playing in the Science Mill’s theater.

While Snow Day is 11 a.m.-2 p.m., the museum will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Admission is $8.50 for ages 3-18, $10 for adults, $8 for ages 65 and older as well as military members, and free ages 2 and younger. Tickets may be purchased at the Science Mill or at H-E-B is sponsoring the event.

Though snow is in the forecast at the museum, if it rains, officials said they’ll postpone the event. Check the website or the Science Mill’s Facebook page for up-to-date information.

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