Life Size Dinosaurs Invading Greenville, SC This Summer at the Roper Mountain Science Center

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Have you heard Summer Adventure is coming to Roper Mountain Science Center? RMSC’s brand new summer program for the public includes some familiar favorites and some brand new, amazing things, like Dinosaurs! Kidding Around’s Kristina has all the details!

Readers, I don’t know about you all but the one place I have missed dearly that has been mostly closed since last year because of COVID is the Roper Mountain Science Center. I used to take my kids to every single Second Saturday event and we all loved the interactive exhibits, opportunities to stretch our creativity, getting to see all the animals at the Living History Farm, walking the trails, and pretending we were students in the 1800s at the one room schoolhouse. 

I’ve got some fantastic news if you feel the same way I do. 

The Roper Mountain Science Center is reopening to the public starting on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 and introducing the new Summer Adventure program, which will run through August 7.

Thank you to Roper Mountain Science Center for sponsoring this article on Kidding Around.

Summer Adventure

The RMSC is affiliated with the Greenville County School district and therefore, their programs all have some educational aspect to them. But they are fun and engaging and fantastic for any age. 

The Summer Adventure program, which is a completely new aspect of the RMSC, will run Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm starting June 1st. Guests will have access to some pretty amazing things at the center. 

The brand new Environmental Science and Sustainability Center $12.2 million building will be open and features permanent exhibits Our Water Story, Sustainable Future, Orientation Story and the unique Nature Exchange. This building is beautiful and just recently opened. The water exhibit is sponsored by Greenville Water and is totally interactive. 

Harrison Hall of Natural Science will also be open for visitors. This is where you can pet a stingray and handle shells and hermit crabs. There is an active beehive where you can try to find the queen as well as rooms with snakes and smaller animals for observation (and sometimes petting!).  

You will also be able to take a stroll around the Living History Farm – one of my favorites – which highlights life in South Carolina in the 1800s with several hands-on activities. In the past, my kids have made toys out of sticks, rope and branches, washed rags on an old washboard, and of course got to see the adorable sheep. They also have horses, cows, and chickens. 

The butterfly garden and nature playground are also open for guests. The nature play area next to the pond is awesome. It’s mostly shaded and has a cute little house for kids to play in. 

Dinosaur Invasion

Here’s the coolest part if you and your kids love dinosaurs: Summer Adventure will feature the brand new Dino-Trail, which has life-size dinosaurs. 

Life. Size. Dinosaurs. 

Want to get your tickets yet?

Admission and Timing

Tickets are $12/adults and $10/kids ages 4-16, military and senior citizens. Kids three and under are free. All tickets will be timed entry and you can purchase them online. You will have no time limit to enjoy the exhibits when you are there but you’ll have to enter by a certain, pre-planned time.

If you have a RMSC membership, there is no admission fee. If there was ever a time to get a RMSC membership, it’s now. Not only do you get unlimited entry into Summer Adventure but you also get free admission to the Friday Starry Night shows at the planetarium and discounts on special program and first access to summer camp registration. 

If you have a membership to another science center through the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) and you are further than 90 miles from your home base center where you have the membership, admission is free to RMSC. Also, by purchasing a membership to RMSC, since they are a member of the ASTC, you will get free or reduced admission to more than 300 other zoos, science, and nature centers in the country. 

If you were a fan of taking your kids to the nature play area during the week, unfortunately that will not be an option any longer unless you have an admission ticket – another reason to consider a family membership perhaps.

Which part of Summer Adventure are you most looking forward to?

About the Author
Kristina Hernandez is a mom of two girls, freelance writer and photographer. Originally from New Jersey, she is in love with the Upstate and could not imagine raising her kids anywhere else. She enjoys hiking to waterfalls, kayaking, camping, cooking, and exploring all that Greenville has to offer. And she really loves baby goats. Follow her on Instagram at @scadventurer.

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