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Sci-Port plans partial opening

SHREVEPORT - The re-opening of the new Power of Play (POP) area at Sci-Port, located on the second floor of the Science Center was announced today by the Board of Sci-Port Discovery Center.

POP, designed for children 8 and younger with parent supervision/interaction required, will open to members on March 1 and to the public on March 2.  Hours will be Thursday through 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays ;and from 12-5 p.m. Sundays.

IMAX will open to members on April 6 and to the public on April 7. Hours will be announced in the coming weeks. The first IMAX film will be the newly-released film, “Pandas,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAamrkLjIuM 

Existing memberships from members in good standing as of 9/1/17 will be honored with proof of membership.  A school group discount for more than 50 people is available.  Reservations for groups may be made at reservations@sciport.org. 

According to Board Chairman Rich Lamb, the board has been working to reopen the center, but other issues intervened in those plans.

 “We had hoped to open at least POP and IMAX before this, but discovered additional issues that required our attention,” Lamb said.

“We are working on a plan to reopen the rest of the Science Center, which we’ll announce as soon as (plans are) finalized.  In the interim we hope people will support our employees and Sci-Port by coming to POP and IMAX.” 

The public will be invited to write “Why We Love Sci-Port” on the construction wall in the lobby. There also will be a donation box available to accept donations for the benefit of Sci-Port. 

Eloise Palmer, a member who grew up going to Sci-Port, now takes her children.

 “As a teacher, I appreciate the educational mission of Sci-Port. It was fun for me to go as a child and now my children are going. The reason I support Sci-Port is that I want it to be there for future generations, too,” Palmer said. 

Board member Jennifer Pou agreed. “Sci-Port Discovery Center is too important to lose, Pou said. “It’s an icon on the Shreveport riverfront, drawing visitors from across the country and providing educational resources and entertainment for the Ark-La-Tex residents.”

Lamb indicated a number of individuals and community organizations, including Downtown Development Authority’s Downtown Shreveport Development Corporation, have come forward to help support the organization while it works toward re-opening. 

“We particularly want to thank our employees, members and donors for their patience as we take the first step toward reopening the entire facility,” Lamb added. 

For more information, check Sci-Port Discovery Center’s Facebook page for updates.  

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