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Media Contact:  Paula Wagner
June 15, 2001
Science in the Dark: Caves, Waves and Other Curiosities
Cave spelunking, "night" creatures and more featured in new summer program at the California Science Center

The adventure of cave exploration meets the myth and folklore of bats in a new summer program at the California Science Center called Science in the Dark: Caves, Waves and Other Curiosities. Science in the Dark features kids' activities that make a connection between two popular offerings at the Science Center: Journey Into Amazing Caves, an IMAX film that depicts the challenge and purpose of cave exploration, and Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats, an exhibit that dispels commonly held beliefs about bats. Children can experience the thrill of climbing the sheer rock walls of a cave in Cave Climb, a 23-ft. high rock-climbing wall, or crawl through a "cave tunnel" to see what it's like to be a cave spelunker on a journey through the dark in Kids' Cave Crawl.

The whole family can gather for Night Creature Theater, an interactive presentation showing that when dusk falls, the "day" is just beginning for many strange and familiar animals that inhabit the night. Campfire Stories offers dramatic readings about bats, caves and other creepy tales in a camp setting, complete with a tent and "campfire," while Campfire Crafts, stationed nearby, gives kids an opportunity to make crafts and drawings that further explore these themes of the dark. Live scorpions, tarantulas, leeches and snakes can be seen up close and personal in the Creepy Crawly Critter Cave, where children can learn how these unique animals navigate and hunt in a darkened environment.

Who: Cave Climb (rock climbing wall) has a minimum height requirement of 38 inches and a fee of $3.50 for one climb, $5 for two; other activities are open to the entire family and are free. Parents with young children can find related hands-on activities for their toddlers to 7-year-olds in Science Center Discovery Rooms, located in our permanent galleries.
When: Science in the Dark: Caves, Waves and Other Curiosities opens to the public June 30 and continues through September 3, 2001.
Where: California Science Center, 700 State Drive - Exposition Park, Los Angeles.
Enter visitor parking at 39th & Figueroa Street; parking is $6 per car. Activities are on all three floors of the Science Center.
Why: The California Science Center makes informal science learning accessible to children and their families through exhibitions, films and public programs. Science in the Dark integrates the educational content from two programs—exhibits and IMAX films—to show how science relates to everyday life.
General Info: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to Science Center exhibits is free; IMAX tickets range from $4.25 to $7. For advance ticket purchase or group rates, phone 213.744-2019. For general information, phone 323.SCIENCE (323.724-3623). Both the Science Center and IMAX Theater are wheelchair accessible.
Proceeds from the IMAX Theater support Science Center exhibits and programming.
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