Every year ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum celebrates summer with some fascinating and fun science festivals.
This year some great events happen each month, with a kickoff festival of "That's Amazing!" ScienceWorks invites visitors of all ages to explore both familiar and unfamiliar science, with a host of guest artists and performers.
"That's Amazing" will set the stage for a series of summer festivals that explore amazing phenomenons from "Wild Wheels" to "Radical Robots" to "Awesome Animals."
The first event, "That's Amazing," features skills of acrobatics, juggling and puppetry. From noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, come join local artist Jill Fjeldheim for an interactive workshop. Learn how to juggle, walk on stilts and discover the science behind some amazing feats. Fjeldheim has performed nationally and internationally with companies including the American Mime Theatre, Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey Circus.
At 11 a.m. Friday, June 29, come enjoy the fun-filled antics of "Sassy Cassie" as she performs her Comedy Magic Show for kids ages 2 to 6. Kids will be delighted as they sing songs, perform silly magic and meet her lovable puppet dog "Sparky." Then join "Sassy Cassie" from noon to — p.m. as she teaches the art of making balloon animals.
Kids of all ages will learn to twist a classic balloon dog in their favorite color and may even try their luck at blowing one up with their own lung-power. Cassie learned how to make balloon animals when she trained to be a professional clown and has been twisting balloons for more than 12 years.
Headlining the "That's Amazing" festival is the return of the popular Rhys Thomas. From noon to — p.m. Saturday, June 30, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 1, Thomas will wow and woo audiences with his special blend of science, comedy and amazing feats. Thomas returns to ScienceWorks with a new show, "Stunt Science." Thomas has served as artist-in-residence at the Smithsonian Institution and has performed at science museums and juggling festivals on three continents.
This year, ScienceWorks will have a large presence at Ashland's old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration. ScienceWorks will be featuring a tent full of over 10 space-related exhibits. The museum itself will be open that day from noon to 5 p.m.
The "Wild Wheels" festival from July 4 to July 8 is a chance to explore the science of all things that roll. Join us from 11 a.m. to — p.m. Saturday, July 7, when BMX pro Dave Nourie will perform bicycle tricks. Nourie is a legendary professional bicycle rider who has traveled the world performing bicycle tricks. He greatly influenced the sport of freestyle bike riding to make it what it is today. The show is uplifting and inspiring to audiences of all ages.
Segway of Jacksonville will also be on site from noon to — p.m., giving demos, rides and the sharing science behind the Segway.
The "Awesome Animals" festival is from July 25 to July 29. From noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 28, Wild Life Safari will present an amazing "Out of Park Encounter" with a live Reptiles Show. This educational talk will include a bearded dragon, a ball python, a red-tailed boa, a corn snake, a 2-year-old alligator and a California desert tortoise. Learn about these reptiles' natural history, conservation and fun facts. Get close and personal with some hands-on time.
At — p.m. Sunday, July 29, experience a live bird show from Wild Life Images. They will be showing some awesome raptors, including a bald eagle. Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and Education Center provides care and treatment of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife, and offer educational programs on wildlife, conservation and the environment to schools, organizations and the general public. At 2:30 p.m. there will be a special presentation from the Southern Oregon Humane Society and "Ducky" the dog. "Ducky" visits hundreds of schoolchildren throughout Jackson County each year. He helps teach students about kindness, respect, empathy and compassion for all living beings. As an ambassador, educator and entertainer, he is living a purposeful life while leaving paw prints across the hearts of students of all ages.
Two great festivals in August complete the summer lineup. From Aug. 8 to Aug. 12, check out the world of "Radical Robots." Join local robotics experts as they share their inventions with you and try your hand at programming your own robot. And on Aug. 22 to Aug. 26, ScienceWorks goes "Down on the Farm" with live animals, tractor, harvesting and milking demonstrations. With live music, this will be a great way to end the summer and welcome the fall.
ScienceWorks is located at 1500 E. Main St. at Walker Avenue in Ashland. Summer hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Summer hours began June 13. For more information on events, directions, membership and volunteer opportunities, call 482-6767 or go to .