MYSTIC AQUARIUM & ATLANTIC WHITE SHARK CONSERVANCY TEAM UP IN CELEBRATION OF SHARKS
Shark Week Kicks off August 9
Mystic, Conn. (August 10, 2020): Discovery Channel’s Shark Week has become somewhat of a pop culture phenomenon. For Mystic Aquarium and the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (AWSC), the more talk about sharks, the better. As the two New England organizations join in the excitement, they also join forces.
Mystic Aquarium and AWSC will be co-hosting a virtual Shark Trivia Challenge on Facebook Live on Tuesday, August 11 at 7pm as part of each organization’s week-long celebration of sharks. While the shark enthusiasts are technically ‘joining forces,’ the proverbial gloves will be off as the trios from each organization face-off to see who is more shark-savvy.
Friends and followers are invited not only to play along in support of their ‘side’ but also submit questions in advance - from the highly scientific to the ultra-pop culture. Those who submit a question will be entered to win a prize during the live game! Pre-register to submit trivia questions and enter to win our opportunity drawing.
The stakes are high in this virtual battle of wits! The losing organization will have to sing baby shark, while donning the opposing team’s uniform, for future broadcast on social media. Most importantly, it is critical for people to appreciate the value of these apex predators to the health of the ocean ecosystem, to understand the fact and fiction surrounding sharks and learn how they can take action to support the many endangered sharks species.
Education, conservation and research are at the heart of everything being done at Mystic Aquarium and the Atlantic While Shark Conservancy.
Based in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Atlantic While Shark Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit, is committed to raising public awareness of white sharks. The Conservancy supports scientific research, improves public safety and educates the community to inspire conservation of Atlantic white sharks.
Also a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, Connecticut-based Mystic Aquarium is counted among the nation’s leading aquariums, offering exemplary care to a variety of species. Robust conservation and education programming along with unparalleled visitor experiences serve to strengthen personal connections to the animals and their environments.
Amid current safety protocols, both Mystic Aquarium and AWSC have turned to virtual programming and social media engagement in support of Shark Week 2020. Visit their individual social media channels for more information and dedicated content.
This week, the Cape Kids Cast brings you a Science Rocks episode. The kids went off in search of the perfect slime recipe at a local science fair with Falmouth Public Schools - Massachusetts. Luckily we found 2 student scientists who broke down the best detergent to use! Check out the results and the best detergent to use to make slime in your home!
The Discovery Museums
If you find yourself in Acton, MA or close by I highly recommend going to the Discovery Museums. The Discovery Museum is actually three attractions in one place. There is the Children’s Discovery Museum geared for children ages 0-6 which is open Tuesday through Sunday 9-4:30, the Science Discovery Museum geared for children 6 and up which is open 1pm-4:30 Tuesday through Friday and 10-4:30 on the weekends and Discovery Woods which is great for all ages (open 9am to dusk Tuesday-Sunday). In addition there is also outdoor exhibits including Whisper Dishes, the Slapaphone, and Bessie's Cove spread throughout the 4.5 acre campus, and a trailhead to 180 acres of Great Hill conservation land. And don’t forget to visit Bessie the dinosaur out front.
The Discovery Museums recently had a sale on memberships so I decided to join. If you don’t have a membership admission is $12.50 per person. My kids and I went one afternoon this past week arriving at 1ish and the museums were pretty quiet. We started by exploring Discovery Woods which just opened over the summer and we had not been to yet. In Discovery Woods there is a tree house with small tables set up with two to three activities for the children to explore; today was building bugs out of various materials, observing items with magnifying glasses and kid tweezers for exploration. There are also child level shelves all around the tree house with materials for the children to explore, it reminded me of a Montessori classroom. Below the tree house is a slide which unfortunately is out of order since it is a little too fast (a solution is being worked on). The slide leads to a building area with a tippee structure in place and other sticks, fabric and material for exploration. Continuing along the path there are two wigwam like structures one with kitchen materials in it. Beyond that is a vernal pool area, bird houses and a gated path down to the conservation area. Also in Discovery Woods is a playgroundish area with a great saucer swing, hoppy balls, EZ steppers, jump ropes and hoola hoops. Plus there is a seating area, a gravel pit, spider web climber and logs to play on. Outside my kids enjoyed the tree house and play area best.
After about 30 minutes we headed into the Science Discovery Museum. First we hit up the bathroom which is conveniently located right by the entrance. Then we went to the craft and inventors workshop room. My daughter spent about 45 minutes at the craft table creating a masterpiece out of recycled materials. My son (with my assistances) enjoyed hammering, sawing, and drilling wood creations in the inventors workshop. Then we waited in line for the Harmonograph table where both kids made cool geometric drawings; the wait is definitely worth it! By this point the kids were hungry so we headed out to the car for a snack (there is no snacking inside the museums do to allergies but there are tables/benches outside).
After refueling we went to the Children’s Discover Museum which we had to ourselves. This museum is quite small and great for little kids. Since we were the only ones there the kids were able to roam room to room easily. We spent most of our time in the train room which has an engine to “operate”, a ticket booth plus play train tracks and Bessie’s cafe which is a pretend diner setup. There is also a Water Room, Ship Room, Backyard at night, Sensations exhibit, Chain Reaction Room and AirPlay exhibit. My kids love exploring this museum and the freedom it allows them (they feel like big kids there). They would have stayed longer but it was getting close to closing time.
If you are looking for a day trip or are already in the area you should go to the Discovery Museums as they are an unique and wonderful experience. I would definitely recommend allowing a whole day when you come to visit the Discovery Museums. We stayed over 3 hours and never even saw the rest of the Science Discovery Museum. I came here as a child and loved the museums and Bessie and now my kids do too.
Have you been to the Discovery Museums in Acton? What over unique museums have you been to?
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By: Suzanne Golden, M.S., CCC-SLP
We have had some beautiful weather so far this summer and my daughter and I have been enjoying every minute of it! One of our favorite things to do at the end of a long beach day is to collect some rocks on the beach.
We look for rocks of all different sizes, shapes and colors. Once we have collected our rocks we take them home and sort through them. This is such a great opportunity to use a lot of different describing words!
· Talk about the size, shape and color of the rocks
· Talk about how the rocks feel (smooth, bumpy, sharp, etc…)
· Pick two rocks and compare them (which rock is bigger? Which rock is smoother?)
· Sort the rocks into piles based on their different characteristics
· Count the rocks (how many big rocks? How many red rocks?, etc…)
If your child is working on producing specific speech sounds correctly, consider taking a marker and writing the sound/words on the back of the rocks. As he picks a rock to describe he can also practice the sound/word written on the back!
I love this activity because it’s a great way to end the day at the beach and get in some speech/language work too!
The Buzzard's Bay Coalition's Discovery Center in Woods Hole is now OPEN! The Cape Cod center is free and offers a touch tank, interactive exhibits, and daily programs for visitors of all ages. It is open 7 days a week from 10am-4:30pm all summer. This is the perfect activity family activity and the kids will love it!
Cape Cod Moms