Discovery Center opens new Chain Reaction Charlie exhibit

The Discovery Center in Downtown Ocala [Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette]

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Posted January 8, 2021 |

The Discovery Center’s newest exhibit, Chain Reaction Charlie, opens to the public Saturday, Jan. 16 and will be on display through Saturday, April 3 at the Discovery Center, 701 NE Sanchez Ave. The exhibit is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The new exhibit encourages kids to explore and tinker with items within their world. Explore Chain Reaction Charlie’s backyard, go camping at Charlie’s tree house, get hands on in the garden, or test balancing skills at the Creek Cross Challenge. Build inside Charlie’s Workshop, where participants will learn about six simple machines and how they can work together to make incredible new inventions. The exhibit inspires children to become inventors or challenge current inventions.

Discovery Center staff will be implementing increased cleaning protocols for the facility. All guests must wear a face covering while inside buildings and adhere to a physical distance of six feet apart.

General admission to the Discovery Center is $8 per person or $28 for a family of four. Annual memberships are also available for individuals and families. StarLab Planetarium shows are held Saturdays at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. and tickets are $30 per ten-person group. An alternative Planetarium-like show, NASA Solar System Exploration, is also available for a $3 add-on to the price of general admission.

For more information, please call 352-401-3900 or visit

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