Post Date: 09/02/2020 10:46 AM

OCALA, Fla. (Sept. 2, 2020) – The Discovery Center, 701 NE Sanchez Ave., will reopen to the public Saturday, Oct. 3. In response to COVID-19, the Discovery Center will offer modified hours. Tuesdays through Fridays will offer two sessions, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Saturdays, there will be three sessions available, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. or 2 p.m. to 4.pm. Admission prices apply per session.

The new exhibit, Astronaut Academy, will open Saturday, Oct. 3. General admission to the Discovery Center is $8 per person, $7 for seniors or veterans, and free for children two and under. A family four pass is $28. Memberships are available which include free admission as well as discounts on many programs. Saturday programming like Sing-a-long Science, STEAM Saturday and Star Lab Planetarium will be available at limited capacities for an additional fee. Information and pricing are available at www.mydiscoverycenter.org.

In accordance with recommended health guidelines and in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, all visitors over the age of six must wear a face covering. There will be limited occupancy to allow for proper social distancing.  Reservations are highly recommended.  Food and beverages are not allowed in the exhibit hall. Personal water bottles are allowed on the first floor as the water fountain will not be available.

Additionally, staff will be implementing increased cleaning protocols for the facility. Hands on manipulatives will be sanitized with appropriate cleaners during periods of high traffic and following each two-hour session. The Discovery Center will close at 4 p.m. each day to undergo deep cleaning. Use of UV light will be implemented to sanitize the planetarium, and UV sanitization has been installed in Discovery Center air handlers.  Items that are not easily sanitized have been removed or replaced. Hand sanitizer stations will be available in all areas of the facility.

The Discovery Center of Ocala is a children’s museum that strives to provide community members of all ages an interactive, educational experience to stimulate a desire to expand personal knowledge.

For more information about the Discovery Center and view the complete re-opening plan, visit www.mydiscoverycenter.org or call 352-401-3900.

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