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Happy STEM-Giving at the Science Mill

Even making giant bubbles can teach a kid a thing or two about science. After all, a bubble, which has three layers, needs air and soap molecules to form. Science Mill staffers can fill in the rest for visitors to the museum. Courtesy photo

Have a side of science for Thanksgiving, served courtesy of the Science Mill in Johnson City and its full schedule of activities planned Nov. 23-25.

On Monday-Wednesday, the Science Mill features special "STEM-Giving” activity stations inside and outside, all with enough room to social distance. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

On your visit, step into a video game, race robots, attempt aero-gami — the museum's version of paper airplane stunt flying — win a scavenger hunt, see reptiles, and take in a mini-science movie marathon.

The Science Mill will be closed on Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, but reopens Black Friday for the weekend. The museum store, filled with STEM toys, kits, and books, is offering 15 percent discounts, so you can check off your holiday shopping list. Staff have selected personal favorites in their online Science Outside Gift Guide. All purchases support the Science Mill’s youth programs and “helps inspire the next generation of scientists,” said Science Mill Director of Operations Portia Marchman.

Science Mill admission is $11 for adults, $9.50 for ages 3-17, and $9 for ages 65 and older. Active or retired military personnel and up to three family members each pay half-price with a valid military identification. You can purchase tickets online for contactless entry. Ages 5 and older are required to wear face coverings inside the museum.

The Science Mill is located at 101 S. Lady Bird Lane in Johnson City. Go to for more information on the exhibits. Visit the museum's What's New and Different page for COVID-19 protocols.

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