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Destination: Science Live! at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

Posted October 17, 2013
Updated October 18, 2013

The planetarium shows might garner most of the headlines at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. But, as the name of this Chapel Hill destination suggests, there are more than just shows about the stars and planets here.

Morehead also offers a variety of science shows and programs, including the regular Science Live! sessions which take place on its Science Stage. And that's our focus today.

These free shows run about 45 minutes or so and are great for grade schoolers and up. Educators take on topics such as physics, biology, chemistry and geology and explain them in a fun and engaging way.

"We try to make a lasting impression," said Quin Walker, an educator at Morehead since 2010 and senior at UNC-Chapel Hill. "We try to make science a life-long part of everyone's life." 

I went with my eight-year-old, preschooler and mom and was prepared to have grandma take my preschooler out once she tired of it. But all four of us were fascinated by the show. Quin Walker leads an experiment during a Science Live! presentation. Destination: Science Live! at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

Walker went through a rapid series of experiments, talking about Newton's Laws among other topics. Balloons popped, a can crushed, we were amazed by the effects of a strobe light on a fan. Walker pulled up kids to participate in some of the experiments, a highlight for my eight-year-old.

The Science Live! schedule changes throughout the year depending on Morehead's operating hours. Right now, the shows are 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., Saturdays, and 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., Sundays. That schedule will continue through Oct. 27. During the summer and some holiday breaks, the center is open on weekdays to the public.

The schedule includes Magnificent Matter, which explores the science of matter and chemistry. Learn more about physics in Phenomenal Physics. All Systems Go is about the human body.

For the full schedule, including Morehead's planetarium shows, click here.

For more, including some scenes of a Science Live! program, watch my video interview with Walker. 

And since we're on the topic of Morehead: They'll be showing special screenings of Scare-Olina Skies on Oct. 26, Oct. 27 and Oct. 30, including a special family-friendly version. Click here for details.

Go Ask Mom features places to take kids every Friday. For more ideas, check our park and playground reviews and posts on Triangle family destinations.




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