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Science museum celebrates watermelon day by giving animals slice

Posted July 30, 2014 7:34 p.m. EDT

Animals enjoy juicy watermelons at the NC Museum of Life and Science's Watermelon Day on Friday, August 2, 2013 in Durham.

The bears, lemurs and other animals at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham will cool off on Friday with watermelon. And visitors will get to see all of the messy fun they have with it.

As part of an annual celebration of the watermelon, animal keepers will have frozen melons and watermelon "pops" for the animals. Visitors are encouraged to bring a whole watermelon to share with their favorite animal at the museum and learn more about the hot weather care of the animals.

The museum's lab will also have some special melon science and there will be melon treats for purchase at Sprout cafe.

The watermelon programs are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, at the Durham museum. It's free with admission, which is $14 for adults and $10 for kids ages 3 to 12. Here's the schedule: 

10 a.m. Pigs, Farmyard
11 a.m. Bears, Main Overlook
1 p.m. Farmyard
2 p.m. Lemurs, Overlook
3 p.m. Carolina Wildlife
4 p.m. Bears, Main Overlook