Oh, Wow! teases children’s brains at event


Neighbors | Chelsea Weikart Shar.Katie Sominara (left), assistant manager at Oh, Wow!, challenged Jacqueline and her cousin J.R. Sharon (right), to stack sups using Popsicle sticks during Brain Teasers.


Neighbors | Chelsea Weikart Shar.Conner is shown celebrating after he figured out a brain teaser at the Oh Wow! event July 25, which he attended while visiting his grandparents, Etta and Howie Porterfield.


Neighbors | Chelsea Weikart Shar.Even 3-year-old Alex joined his cousins in the brain teasing event, attempting to stack cups using only Popsicle sticks.


Neighbors | Chelsea Weikart Shar.Katie Sominara (front right), assistant manager at Oh, Wow!, led children in brain teaser activities as part of the free "drop in" programs hosted by the science center July 25.



Oh, Wow!, the Roger and Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science and Technology, hosted the second free event for children on July 25. Titled brain teasers, the event allowed patrons, ages 5 through adult, to try a number of logic puzzles and 3D brain teasers.

Etta and Howie Porterfield brought five of their grandchildren to the event as part of their week of taking them to free, fun activities in the Youngstown area.

“We’ve done something different with them every day this week,” said Etta Porterfield.

Children ages 3-12 were the only ones at the brain teasers activity, but had plenty of fun turning the puzzles into a competition with each other.

The activities were led by Katie Sominara, the assistant manager at the science center.

Brain Teasers is part of the “drop in” programs at Oh, Wow! where the cost is free, even to non-members of the center.

The next drop in program will be Wonderful Water, a series of activities to show what water can do for children ages pre-kindergarten to eight.

The summer hours for the center are Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., and Sunday noon until 4 p.m.

The science center provides 16,000 square feet of exploration and experimentation for children up to 14-years-old. All of the exhibits are interactive, such as a weather broadcast station, where children can practice being a weather person on a big screen.

Admission is free for members, $8 for general admission and free for children age two and under. Senior and veteran admission is $7.

In addition to the free “drop in” events, Oh, Wow! will host a Silly Science Sunday Sept. 22, in which children will learn how to explode a watermelon and more. There A section of Federal street will be shut down for the event.

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