April 20th, 2011, by izonorlando

ORLANDO, FL – (April 19, 2011) – The Walmart Foundation and the Orlando Science Center will host “Walmart $5 Day” at the Orlando Science Center on Saturday, April 23. All guests to the Science Center on that day will enjoy exhibits, films and live programs for the significantly discounted price of $5. General admission fees are usually $17 for adults and $12 for kids (ages 3-11). For many, this event presents the opportunity to experience the Science Center for the first time.

“Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are dedicated to make an impact in communities where our employees and customers live and work,” said Walmart Market Manager for Central Florida, Rick Tomb. “We are very proud of programs like Walmart $5 Day because we immediately see the result on the faces of the visitors to the Orlando Science Center.”

This event will feature Earth Day adventures for the entire family. Little ones will delight in eco-activities in the KidsTown preschool area while adults can enjoy behind-the-scenes Green Building tours including the facility’s new 144 panel solar array and cutting edge new HVAC system. On level four, guests can indulge in delicious s’mores that they create using solar ovens or check out water conservation experiments in Dr. Dare’s Lab. Special guest artist Dale Wayne will work with visitors of all ages to create artwork out of recycled plastic containers.

In addition, encounter live swamp critters in NatureWorks or test your meteorology skills in the severe weather center within the earth and space science exhibit, Our Planet, Our Universe. In between exhibits, experience movies on an enormous eight-story screen within the Dr. Phillips CineDome. Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees invites viewers to be among the few humans to venture into the jungle to see these creatures at close range. Chronicling Dr. Jane Goodall’s more than 40 years of legendary work among the chimps at Gombe Park in Africa, this film immerses you in the world of the chimpanzee.

For the little ones, they can enjoy another curious creature by venturing into the exhibit, Curious George: Let’s Get Curious. Based on the familiar characters in H.A. and Margret Rey’s classic stories published by Houghton Mifflin, the exhibit inspires children’s natural curiosity as they explore early science, math and engineering through hands-on interactive play. Young visitors will also be able to enjoy exhibits like the echo tube in Science Park, dinosaur fossils in DinoDigs, and the live reptiles in NatureWorks and fun for the littlest traveler in All Aboard.

“Walmart $5 Days make a huge impact on the families of our community and we so appreciate Walmart’s support with this event,” said JoAnn Newman, president and CEO of the Science Center. “Families have a wonderful day of fun and discovery.”

For more information on Walmart $5 Day on April 23, the general public can call 407.514.2000 or visit www.osc.org.

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