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No snow? Durham museum makes up for it with 'Frozen Over'

Posted January 7

Courtesy: Museum of Life and Science

We didn't get more than a few flurries the other day, but the Museum of Life and Science in Durham has a month of winter fun.

Back by popular demand, Frozen Over offers winter-related activities inside. Visitors can weave through an icicle forest of suspended foam pool noodles, build an "icy" shelter and skate on a synthetic ice rink in their socks. Snowball fights (with pom-pom "snowballs") are scheduled at noon and 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 4:30 p.m., Sundays, through Jan. 31.

While it's designed with all ages in mind, it's been particularly popular with the younger crowd - ages five and under.

Here's a glimpse at some of the features:

  • The icicle forest is made of 800 suspended foam pool noodles, offering a sensory-rich experience. To make the forest, museum staff used more than a mile of rope and 1,000 individual knots. Tip: Keep an eye out for special gaps, spaces, and rooms within the forest.
  • The 400-square-foot synthetic ice rink is surrounded by a soft bumper border that encourages guests to kick off their shoes and practice their slides, twirls, and pirouettes.
  • The igloo building area features large foam blocks to build a custom "icy" shelter.
  • An activity area, best for those young guests, offers more opportunities to learn and have some "winter" fun.

Frozen Over is free with admission to the museum, which is $16 and $11 for kids ages 3 to 12.

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