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Young visitors to the Clay Center
play with an exhibit and conduct a
scientific experiment.

Old Favorites, New FunWhen the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences opened in Charleston the summer of 2003, the goal was to offer kids and their parents a place to explore science on the screen and in their hands. Eight years later, the dream is being realized each day.

“The Clay Center is great for families because they can learn together, whether it’s a movie about oceans in the giant-screen theater, a planetarium show, or an exhibit,” said Lewis Ferguson, director of Visual Arts and Sciences.

The Clay Center has a new gallery called Mylan Explore-atory. It features a variety of changing, temporary science exhibits throughout the year to give guests new and different experiences. There will be a new exhibit every three months.

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“These will be appealing to all age groups,” Ferguson said. “The first one was all about the history of toys and the science behind them. Then we had a space exhibit where visitors could see the world from a satellite’s perspective. This past summer we let people put their sleuthing skills to the test. They used forensic science techniques like fingerprinting and DNA analysis to investigate clues at a crime scene.”

The Clay Center has several exhibits and play areas that are permanent fixtures. Gizmo Factory is made up of more than 30 exhibits exploring physical science with emphasis on engineering, sound, light, color, energy and magnetism. Health Royale lets kids explore the human body and test their health knowledge. Kidspace is an area reserved for the littlest visitors, age five and under.

The Clay Center also offers workshops for both kids and adults. The hours are Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit theclaycenter.org.
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