Hello DSP members, visitors, fans and supporters. The latest update from the governor’s office provides mixed news for the Discovery Science Place.
Let’s start with the good news: DSP Summer Camps can proceed (albeit in a limited and modified fashion). Camps will begin on June 1st and run for 8 weeks through the summer. We intend to have 4 subjects that will then repeat in the second half of the summer- Robotics, Space, Chemical Engineering, and 3D Printing/Minecraft. To comply with the requirements of dealing with COVID-19 and to maximize the health of our students and staff we will be implementing a wide-range of new procedures. These include everything from temperature checks upon arrival and a new hand-washing station in the entry courtyard, to limiting the number of campers per age group to ten, to physically separating camper groups, and much more. The health and safety of the children we serve is foremost in our minds, and we intend to move cautiously and based on the best scientific information available to us.
For more information and to register your student for camp today, click here: https://www.discoveryscienceplace.org/dsp-camps/
And now, the not as good news: The governor’s most recent announcement did not change the status of the museum itself. Even though the state now allows additional entities such as zoos and aquariums to reopen under limited capacity rules, hands-on and interactive exhibits and entities such as the DSP must remain closed at this time. Our facility, and even our mission itself, centers on interactive exploration. We know that even when we do begin the re-opening process that new procedures and rules will be required to help minimize risk. We hope our visitors will practice patience and kindness as we move forward together in this new “normal”.
We want all our members and community donors/supporters to know that we are so grateful for your support in this time. This closure has been economically very damaging to the Discovery Science Place, and it will take a long time for us to fully recover. We appreciate your loyalty and support in the weeks, months, and years ahead. All memberships purchased prior to our mid-March shut-down have been automatically extended by one month. All museum memberships currently active will be extended an additional month this week as well.
Stay well and safe. We hope to see you and your family soon,