2019 Festival Family Activities

Submitted by dahlonegascience on Wed, 02/21/2018 - 19:13

We have planned a full schedule of family activities for the 2019 Dahlonega Science Festival!  Engage in science with the entire family!

Please note that parents must accompany children at all events.  At no time should unsupervised children be dropped off for any of these activities.

Friday March 1: 

Hands-on Astronomy Activities at the UNG Health & Sciences Building

  • Make your own constellation cookie... construct moon and star clocks.... try Nitrogen Ice Cream!  These activities are part of our festival kick-off!  We also have 2 planetarium shows - an early show at 6 and the regular show at 8, plus Trina Ray from NASA JPL will talk at 7:00 p.m. on exploration of the Solar System's icy moons!

Saturday March 2: 

Hands-on Science Children's activities - 10:00 am to noon

Join us for more than a dozen Hands-on Science Activities for kids!  Make an air cannon!  Build a straw rocket!  Explore surface tension!  

Location: Woodmen Life Bldg. (over Cranberry Corners, across from Hancock Park)


Makers’ Fair – Noon to 5:00 pm

Explore a variety of exciting science, engineering and DIY activities!  Try your hand at designing objects for 3D printing, explore some great technology applications, engage in a variety of physics kits and robotics activities.  Fun for the whole family!

Location: UNG MakerBot Innovation Center (Choice Street)


Discovery Center – Noon to 5:00 pm

Join us as we explore and learn about various scientific disciplines through fun    hands-on activities!  At the Discovery Center, you can learn about Astronomy, Psychology, Neuroscience, Ecology, Chemistry, Entomology, and so much more!!  Afterwards, you can relax and enjoy some snacks at our tea party!  Have a chat with a scientist while enjoying a hot cup of tea and a cupcake.


Thanks to the following who are participating in this event:

  • Marianne Shockley – hosting the UGA “Bug Zoo”
  • Georgia Southern University – “Science to Go” activities
  • UNG – Ecological Protection Lab
  • Georgia Bureau of Investigation

    Location: Dahlonega Community House (111 North Park Street)


Meet the Scientists – Noon to 5:00 pm

Famous scientists from the past will be visiting Dahlonega to chat with visitors.  UNG students will be in costume and character, presenting the contributions of important scientists from the past.  Come, relax and enjoy some snacks at our tea party!  Have a chat with a scientist while enjoying a hot cup of tea and a cookie.

    Location: Dahlonega Community House (111 North Park Street)


Forensics Lab – Noon to 5:00 pm

Join us for an exciting survey of Forensic Analysis Techniques.  Ever wonder how they really solve all those crimes?  Explore fingerprint analysis, bite mark challenges, tire track challenges, hair and fiber identification, DNA extraction, and much more with the Forensic Lab Exhibit! 

Location: Dahlonega Old Jail & Museum (75 Enota Street)


Crime Scene – Noon to 5:00 pm

We will set up a mock crime scene in the old jail to demonstrate and discuss the various scientific and investigative techniques utilized by CSI to locate and recover evidence. Topics will include fingerprints, DNA collection and footwear examination and anything else that comes up in conversation.   

Location: Dahlonega Old Jail & Museum (75 Enota Street)


Escape Room – Times:  12:30, 1:45, 3:00, 4:15

A Thirty min to one-hour introduction for puzzle solving escape room style. An escape room is a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives at hand. Constitutive problem solving is an important aspect of many fields in science and challenges such as escape rooms and puzzle hunts are great ways to enjoy and practice those skills. The puzzles will be science based. Biology, Coding, Cryptyology, Physics, Math and more for teams of 1 to 5 come try solving the clues to escape an actual cell at the historic Dahlonega jail. (All puzzles should be solvable without a detailed knowledge of the particular field).  Limited availability to first arrivals; specific times apply:  12:30, 1:45, 3:00 & 4:15.

Location: Dahlonega Old Jail & Museum (75 Enota Street)



Science of the Circus! – 4:15 pm to 6:30 pm

Ladies and gentlemen! Boys and girls! Step right up and be a part of Circus Science! Immerse yourself in circus arts while exploring basic scientific principles that make possible these amazing feats of strength, balance, and skill. Traditional circus disciplines, demonstrated by skilled Imperial Opa Circus performers, will be scientifically dissected by UNG "Science Clowns". You'll even have the opportunity to participate in learning several circus skills to experience first-hand the science within!  Participate in interactive demonstrations before and after the stage show!

Stage show starts at 5:15


Location:  UNG Health & Natural Sciences Building (159 Sunset Drive)