What's new at Discovery Place?

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In case you didn’t make it out to join the mob of a crowd at Discovery Place this past Sunday during its Public Free Day - celebrating the museum’s striking renovations and new exhibits, World Alive and Fantastic Frogs - here’s a little more detail on what you missed.

Discovery Place’s 18-month renovations (which amounted to the whopping cost of $31.6 million dollars) resulted in an expanded educational addition to the facility. First stepping foot into World Alive, folks have the opportunity to explore Earth’s biodiversity through recreated ecosystems with a range of species. From the new aquariums and rainforest upgrades to hands-on labs, visitors get an up-close encounter with nature. There are some fascinating new species on view too, including jellyfish, stingrays, seahorses and more.

Another new exhibit, Fantastic Frogs is displayed with colorful graphic art that explains the extraordinary survival skills and nature of frogs. Featured are an assortment of hoppy creatures – like Wood Frogs, White’s Tree Frogs, Pacman Frogs, Tomato Frogs, Bullfrogs, Poison Dart Frogs and, the best hidden, Vietnamese Mossy Frogs and Solomon Island Leaf Frogs.

All these extra touches definitely make Discovery Place worthy a visit … or two or three. Just make sure you have enough time to explore and interact to the fullest. Discovery Place’s summer hours and admission costs are as followed: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults (14-59 years old); $10 for seniors (60 years old and older); $9 for children (2-13 years old); Free for children 2 years old and under and for members. For more information on Discovery Place, call 704-372-6261 or visit www.discoveryplace.org.

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