By Logan Stewart
CHARLOTTE, NC – The campaign trail gets a little wilder this
summer when Discovery Place and the EpiCentre bring a nonpartisan
contest to Uptown Charlotte, offering a chance at victory for anyone
willing to get in the race.
Beginning July 30, a total of 24 specially-marked donkey
and elephant toy animals will be hidden throughout the EpiCentre and its
resident businesses. Each ‘political animal’ will be redeemable for two
tickets to Discovery Place, including entry to the National Geographic
Crittercam: The World Through Animal Eyes exhibition, plus two tickets
to Discovery Place’s Charlotte Observer IMAX ® Dome Theatre to see polar
bears frolic in To The Arctic or the dinosaurs roar in Sea Rex...
(Note: The IMAX tickets are not valid for The Dark Knight Rises.)
The scavenger hunt, open to the public, offers a game-changing
opportunity to get involved in the culture and excitement of Discovery
Place, one of the state’s most visited and beloved educational
destinations, while exploring the heart of the Democratic National
Convention’s host city.
“Animals have a rare view of the world, whether they are
penguins, sharks, sea lions, elephants, donkeys or any other creature.
The Crittercam exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to see the
world the way animals do ” said John Mackay, president and CEO of
Discovery Place, Inc. “This scavenger hunt is an entertaining way for us
to let the public see the way we can combine fun, education and science
during the advent of the DNC in Charlotte.”
Showcasing the ongoing research of National Geographic’s
Crittercam, a scientific video- and data-gathering tool safely worn by
wild animals, the Crittercam exhibition at Discovery Place invites
visitors to see the world through animal eyes. Encompassing more than 20
years of scientific invention and research collaborations, /Crittercam/
has uncovered stunning insights into animal life. The exhibition will be
at Discovery Place through September 16.
The twelve donkeys and twelve elephants will be secured in
hidden and visible locations throughout the EpiCentre and each will be
tagged with information about how to redeem the animal for Discovery
Place and IMAX tickets. To level the playing field, Discovery Place will
be offering daily social media clues on Facebook
and Twitter (@discoveryplace <http://www.twitter.com/discoveryplace>).
The contest will continue until all 24 animals have been captured. For
more information call 704.372.6261 x300 or email email@example.com
“As a longstanding partner in Charlotte’s arts and culture
scene, we are excited to be in the “epicenter” of national events that
will surround the region in the coming months,” said Mackay. “And, if
you’re wondering what the odds of finding tickets are…well, I would
speculate that it will all come down to turnout.”
*About Discovery Place*
One of the top hands-on science museums in the nation, Discovery Place
provides ever-changing, entertaining facilities that engage people in
the active exploration of science and nature. The Museum brings
relevant, contemporary science to life through groundbreaking
exhibitions, interactive educational programming and hands-on
activities. Nearly a half-million people from all over the United States
engage with Discovery Place and its IMAX Dome Theatre each year.
Discovery Place is located in uptown Charlotte at 301 N. Tryon Street.
Convenient 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
_www._discoveryplace.org <http://www.discoveryplace.org/>or connect with
Discovery Place on Facebook <http://www.facebook.com/discoveryplace>,
Twitter <http://www.twitter.com/discoveryplace>and YouTube
Discovery Place Inc. owns and operates Discovery Place, Charlotte Nature
Museum and Discovery Place KIDS and is supported, in part, with funding
from the Arts & Science Council.