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UPDATE: Science Mill makes Snow Day safer

Snow Day returns to the Science Mill in Johnson City on Jan. 15. Enjoy a snow pit with 30 tons of real snow and snow-themed science activities for all ages. Photo by Laura Hajar

JAN. 11 UPDATE: The Science Mill announced that it is moving all Snow Day activities outdoors and adding extra snow. The indoor museum building will be closed, except for check-in at the front desk, due to the rise in COVID-19 cases. Additional portable restrooms will be available.

The Science Mill rolls out the white carpet on Jan. 15, welcoming visitors of all ages to enjoy more than 40 tons of real snow. Back after a brief hiatus, the 2022 event will feature the Johnson City attraction's largest-ever snow pit as well as outdoor activities throughout its expanded Science & Art Park, according to a Science Mill media release.

Launch the perfect snowball with the super-sized Snowball Slingshot or experiment with the physics of fling by creating a take-home mini-snowball catapult. Compose a snow symphony on the Ice Chimes, a one-of-a-kind instrument powered by a computer but made of real ice. And join hands-on experiments to see what happens when ice meets salt and marvel as Science Mill educators create swirling, “smoke-filled” bubbles from dry ice.

Then, there’s the main event: the Snow Pit, with more than 30 tons of real snow. Kids of all ages will enjoy making snowballs, snow sculptures, and snow castles. In the Snowman Laboratory, they’ll find science-themed accessories to complete their creative snow creatures. Guests are encouraged to bring mittens and gloves to fully enjoy the frozen fun.

When it’s time to chill, attendees can snack on treats from local food trucks and watch master ice carver Griffon Ramsey showcase her amazing chainsaw sculpting skills.

Snow Day activities are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, in the Science & Art Park. Easy-access parking options are available in front of the museum, located at 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, and west of it just off U.S. 290. Two entry points (in front of the museum and at the Science & Art Park parking lot) will be available for a speedy check-in with expedited entry for Science Mill Members and pre-paid ticket holders.

Pre-purchasing tickets is highly recommended for this popular event; reserve them now online. Admission to Snow Day is $11 per adult, $9.50 for ages 3-18, $9 for seniors, $5.50 for military, and free for ages 0-2. Science Mill members get in free.


Learn more about other safety protocols on the museum's What's New and Different page and FAQs page.

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