Today, Science World shared its Phase Three restart plans as the province enters the next stage of reopening given a decline in COVID-19 cases. Following the guidelines by the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), capacity at the dome will increase and group bookings of up to ten people will be allowed. Weddings of up to 50 people are back at The Green Roof Terrace which overlooks the False Creek skyline, the perfect venue for wedding receptions and ceremonies. Masks continue to be mandatory for staff and visitors ages 6 and over to ensure the safety of those who have not been vaccinated, including children under 12 and visitors are asked to maintain physical distancing with other visitors and staff at this time.
“It’s clear based on the data that the Province’s immunization roll out is helping to keep case numbers down so we are thrilled to offer our visitors more options and excitement during their visit to the dome,” said Tracy Redies, President and CEO of Science World. “We will proceed with caution, ensuring that we protect our staff and vulnerable populations as we adapt our plan for phase 3 of B.C.’s Restart Plan. Our focus will remain on expanding STEAM learning across the province, both at the dome and virtually to those in communities that are typically underserved or more difficult to reach.”
Other details on what’s happening at the dome this summer:
Science World will remain open 7 days/week from 10 am to 5 pm, timed entry is still strongly recommended, walk-ins are subject to availability.
Its feature exhibition, Arctic Voices, will stay on until September 6, with regular family online events including the Arctic Voices Speaker Series.
The next Speakers event is July 15 at 4:00 pm called Birds of the North with Parks Canada, a co-production with Parks Canada highlighting some of the unique birds of the Arctic.
Preschool Curiosity Club is an online program for children ages 3 to 5 and their grown-ups. In this 4-week exploration into light, colour, reflections and shadows kids will engage in hands-on investigations while having lots of fun. More details can be found here.
Girls and STEAM continues its monthly mentor café events giving female identifying youth a chance to learn more about career opportunities with panel discussions and networking opportunities with mentors in a wide range of industries. The next Girls and STEAM event on July 24 will showcase video game careers, an opportunity to meet women who have been successful in the video game industry and meet other like-minded participants with similar aspirations and interests. Registration is free.
Science World recently expanded its fundraising campaign, The World Needs More Nerds with a revitalized campaign called The Future Needs More Nerds. The updated goal is to raise $10 million through community partnerships, private business and individual donors. Of the total goal, $5 million will be used to invest in immersive experiences and vital capital projects and the other $5 million will help to scale its program digitization to reach +3.44 million in the coming year. This digitization will focus on reaching barriered groups: those living in rural and remote communities, women and girls, Indigenous peoples and low-income families. Currently, the fundraising campaign has reached about 25% of its target, and is aiming to complete the raise by the end of the year.
Increased capacity, group and weddings bookings now available and more online events available throughout the summer.
Media release and image provided by Larissa Dundon, The Tea Communications.