Holiday events at Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH - Thousands of visitors of all ages are expected to hop on board this holiday season at the Carnegie Science Center.
Beginning with the reopening of the Miniature Railroad and Village, showcasing the newest addition, Fallingwater, and "The Polar Express: An IMAX Experience" on the biggest screen in Pittsburgh, the Science Center has a packed line-up of science celebrations and holiday happenings to offer.
Fallingwater in the Miniature Railroad and Village
The ever-popular Miniature Railroad and Village exhibit will reopen Friday featuring a scale replica of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater. This famous home was voted the most important building of the 20th century in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects and is yet another addition to the display that illustrates how people lived, worked and played in the region during an era spanning the 1880s to the 1930s. Currently, the exhibit features more than 250,000 hand-made trees, 98 animations and dozens of models, including Forbes Field, Luna Park and the Sharon Steel Mill.
'The Polar Express: An IMAX Experience'
This holiday film comes alive once again in the Rangos Omnimax Theater and will play from Friday through the end of December. Based on the classic Caldecott Medal-winning children's book written by Chris Van Allsburg, the film stars two-time Academy Award-winner Tom Hanks and follows the story of a doubting young boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole. The Science Center Web site offers the most up-to-date Omnimax film schedule.
A Science Center favorite, Breakfast Express offers visitors three chances, Dec. 5, 12 and 19, to enjoy a morning of holiday- and train-themed activities. Breakfast Express includes breakfast, activities and crafts related to trains and science, "The Polar Express: An IMAX Experience," time in the Miniature Railroad and Village and the opportunity to meet a surprise celebrity guest. The cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members (adults); $20 for members and $25 for non-members (children or seniors); and $10 for all children ages 1-2. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (412) 237-3400 and pressing 7.
Polar Express Sleepover
The Polar Express Sleepover is the Science Center's last sleepover of 2009 and will take place from 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 to 11 a.m. Dec. 13. The family-oriented sleepover includes "The Polar Express: An IMAX Experience," the Christmas Star planetarium show and a night and morning of holiday-themed science activities. Cost is $35 per person (parent or caregiver is required to attend with child), and registrations can be made by calling (412) 237-1637.
The Science Center's holiday camps will run Dec. 28-30. Half-day camps, designed for kids ages 4-5, will run from 9 a.m. to noon, while full-day camps for older children ages 6-10 will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Costs are $20 for members and $23 for non-members for half-day camps; and $36 for members and $40 for non-members for full-day camps. Pre- and post-camp care is available for a fee and can be arranged when registering. The full schedule of holiday camps is available at the Science Center Web site, and parents can call (412) 237-1637 to register.
Carnegie Science Center is at 1 Allegheny Ave. on Pittsburgh's North Shore next to Heinz Field.
For information, visit www.CarnegieScienceCenter.org or call (412) 237-1637.
Holiday homes tours hosted by library
STEUBENVILLE - The Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County will host its annual Holiday Home Tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 12 as part of the Out 'n About series, where programming is taken out of the library and onto the road.
This year's homeowners opening their homes are Francesca Carinci of Steubenville; Robert and Christine Hargrave of Wintersville; model railroader Les Lemley of Steubenville; Walter and Nancy Stanak of Toronto; Forrest and Tami Wietfeld of Wintersville; and Pat and Barbara Davis of Richmond.
The tour will begin at the main library in downtown Steubenville. From there participants will be given directions to drive to the homes. The tour is $20 per person and is a donation to the library.
As part of the Out 'n About series participants must have a library card.
To register and for information, call (740) 282-9782.