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Take the kids to the lab

It may be mild outside, but inside Discovery Place the science is sizzling! From the living wonder of the human body to the mechanical marvel of robots, the world of interactive lab science is full of cool ideas during February at Discovery Place.

Go around the world in the Museum’s Explore More Collections lab while studying items from Discovery Place’s collection including elephant tusks, textiles, dinosaur footprints, a rhinoceros head and more. February features a special focus on Fossils, with daily hands-on activities at 2 p.m. that include digging for fossils, making dinosaur hats, and creating imprints and rubbings. Learn how these objects are connected to the natural world, and bring in your own treasures to check out under high-powered microscopes.

What’s inside our bodies? Explore More Life, the Museum’s one-of-a-kind lab that spotlights living species and organisms, journeys into the inner workings of the Human Body this month. On weekends guests can observe fetal pig dissections that illustrate how human body systems function (Saturdays, 11 a.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m.).

On Feb. 12, the lab celebrates Darwin Day, an all-day, worldwide event that honors science, humanity, and the birthday and work of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin. Nibble away at the secrets behind how different types of beaks enable birds to eat certain foods, a concept first theorized by Darwin while studying avian species on the Galapagos Islands. Explore More Life is presented by Carolinas Medical Center.

What role will robots play in our future? Technical learning turns a new gear this month in Explore More Stuff, Discovery Place’s laboratory environment that explores matter, energy and how “stuff” works. Guests can learn all about Robotics during February while tinkering with electrical and mechanical automatons and building on their knowledge of functional machines.

All activities are free with Museum admission.

Discovery Place is in uptown Charlotte at 301 N. Tryon St. Parking is available in the museum’s parking deck – the Carol Grotnes Belk Complex – at the corner of Sixth and Church streets. For more information about Discovery Place, call (704)372-6261, visit or connect with Discovery Place on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.