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Activities begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. so everyone can head to the Opera House for our keynote presentation at 4 p.m. 

The Handley Center is your stop for hands-on activities for all ages. Start at the Visitor Center and catch a school buss shuttle to this location.

Catapult your knowledge of physics by building your own pompom launcher. Explore the night sky constellations with an art activity. Detect invisible particles with a cosmic ray detector and cloud chamber. Build a DNA bracelet. Monitor the Earth’s rumblings with a raspberry shake seismometer. Test your archeology skills with a fossil-matching activity. Peer into the Universe with the Journey Museum’s immersive geodome or take a look inward with Monument Health’s giant inflatable heart and lungs.

Top tip: In July, Neutrino Day can get hot! Cool off at the South Dakota Mines nitrogen ice cream station at the Handley Center.