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Natural sciences museum scavenger hunt fills in 24 hours, more planned for Thursday nights

Posted June 24, 2013

I was gearing up to write a post today about a new scavenger hunt that the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh has planned for next month.

Luckily, I checked in with my contact over there who tells me that the hunt set for July 11 was all full within 24 hours after it was announced last week! In fact, the museum had spots for 30 families and 36 responded within a day.

Museum staffers do plan on offering more of the hunts on Thursday evenings when it stays open late. The free one-hour activity involves family teams roaming the museum and the new Nature Research Center looking for answers to questions and performing short experiments. Prizes include items from Great Outdoor Provision Company and the museum. Good luck to the first 30 families!

So stay tuned for details on how to sign up for the next one.

And even if you don't have a spot to compete, it's a good reminder that the museum in downtown Raleigh is open until 9 p.m. every Thursday (except July 4). The evening includes presentations or trivia during a Science Cafe at 7 p.m., classes, 3D movies and more. The classes and 3D movies require a small fee. Both wings are open for exploring. And the museum sometimes has sci-fi book club meetings and guest scientists in the Naturalist Center.

The museum also offers a discount on adult tickets to the new Dinosaurs in Motion exhibit. Tickets for adults are $8 after 5 p.m. on Thursday. The last ticket sale is at 7 p.m.

For all the details, check the museum's website{ for the latest Science Thursdays schedule.

I'm told that these Thursday evenings are very popular with families. Speakers tailor their presentation to the group in attendance.

The museum's Daily Planet Cafe also is open until 9 p.m. and is a great option for dinner or dessert. They have lots of items on their children's menu (all kids meals are $5) and some yummy options on their main menu. (May I suggest the roasted beet wrap). I've been really impressed with the service, food and pricing.

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