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Father and son experimenting with hydrodynamics at Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center.
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Trying to "land" a plane in the flight simulator.
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The aquarium ay Sci-Port contains fish caught only a few miles away.
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Live alligators, snakes, and turtles live among the exhibits about Red River life and culture.
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Balloons were everywhere as Sci-Port celebrated its 3 millionth visitor.
Spring holds many promises at science and entertainment complex Sci-Port. Through May 11, visitors may learn about Treasure! The temporary exhibit explores treasure history and treasure hunting techniques.
The 60-foot IMAX dome theater sports the 3D documentary The Island of Lemurs: Madagascar in April, on the screen of the only theater of its kind in the state. Early April is also a time to explore light and metal in the nanotechnology world. Also in April (15-19) is Sci-Port's third annual Technology Egg-stravaganza, hunting for eggs using QR codes on smart phones.
As May begins, so does National Astronomy Week. Sci-Port presents Jazz Under the Stars, with guest speaker Ron DeIulio, head of the astronomy department at the University of North Texas, tentatively scheduled for Friday, May 9. Meeting Dinosaur Families is on the fall agenda.
In the meantime, week-long Summer Science Blast Camps await toddler through pre-school children as well as kindergarteners through eighth graders. Adults of all ages are not forgotten; the adults-only On the Rocks series will be held in September.
Long range plans are afoot. In late fall 2015, the non-profit Sci-Port will open a $2 million Itty Bitty City, for the youngest possible learners, ages 2-5, exciting those developing brains with science, math, and technology. They will explore a café, farm, medical center – plus a Chase Bank-sponsored bank and Southern Hills Animal Hospital-sponsored vet clinic – and other community components.
Further into the future are a $4 million renovation of Sci-Port's signature Red River Gallery, expanding the scope of the exhibit to follow Louisiana waterways to the Gulf of Mexico, and a nearly $3 million technology upgrade for the entire facility.
Sci-Port has grown a lot over the years, starting with temporary exhibits, then moving into a permanent location on Common Street in 1996. It opened at its current location in 1998 with 2,000 square feet. Today, it encompasses 92,000 square feet and employs about 70 full- and part-time staffers.
By Lani Duke
- DeSoto Days, free admission for DeSoto Parish residents, first Saturday every month, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Wonderful Wednesdays, $3 admission for Caddo Parish and Bossier City residents, first Wednesday every month, all day September-May, 10 a.m.-noon June-August
- Golden Days Matinee, discounts for senior adults all afternoons