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Science Mill’s Snow Day Fun and Educational

The Science Mill in Johnson City is holding its annual Snow Day from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. Staff photo by Jared Fields

JOHNSON CITY — The Saturday forecast is calling for highs in the 70s and 44,000 pounds of ice at the Science Mill.

It’s the museum’s annual Snow Day.

A wood chipper will turn 22 tons (equivalent to 44,000 pounds) of ice into frozen crystals for the third annual frozen fun event, which is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane.

Admission is $10 for adults, $8.50 for ages 3-18, and $8 for seniors and military members. Science Mill members get in free.

Children will launch snowballs from a giant catapult and try to outsmart a snowball-swatting, talking robot, but there’s a twist.

“We want to focus on the science with snow,” said Holly Barton, the Science Mill’s director of operations. “We want kids to play with the size, shape, and weight of the snowballs. So when they use the catapult to launch, they can play with the physics. The robot will talk back to the kids a little bit.”

In addition, kids can build and race a derby sled down an ice luge, build mini-snowmen, watch an ice sculpture be created as well as enjoy the many hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math exhibits inside the Science Mill.

A 3D movie, “Wonders of the Arctic,” will also be shown during the museum’s hours of operation from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Bring mittens, gloves, and a change of clothes — it will be cold and wet.

Barton said she doesn’t know what the ice sculptor will create but knows people will be impressed with the piece.

“He turns this piece of ice into art,” she said.

Barton encourages people to purchase their tickets in advance at sciencemill.org. If it rains, the event will be postponed.

“We want to make sure everyone has a great experience,” she said. “It’ll be a busy, fun day with something for everyone to enjoy.”

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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