CHALLENGER LEARNING CENTER COVID-19 UPDATES
We will continue to update this page with current information on our operational plans.
The Challenger Learning Center is a part of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering and as a campus facility, face coverings are expected in all indoor facilities. For the safety of our students, customers, and staff and to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Challenger Learning Center requires all students attending SCIturday, Camp Challenger and Homeschool Day programs to wear face masks. Parents may opt out of this mandatory mask mandate by completing an “opt out” form at the sign-in desk the day of the program. Medical documentation is not required to opt out.
IMAX Theatre: The Challenger Learning Center IMAX Theatre is temporarily closed to the public for renovations. This closure affects all theatre-related programming, including Kids’ Free Day, commercial films, documentaries and any other regularly scheduled programming in the theatre.
Planetarium Theatre: The Challenger Learning Center Planetarium Theatre is now open to the public. The theatre can also be reserved for field trips and other groups for private screenings. To reserve your theatre experience, please contact our sales department at firstname.lastname@example.org or (850) 645-7777.
SCIturdays: SCIturdays programs are now offered on-site. Register here.
Field Trips: The Challenger Learning Center has many options for field trips available. Click here to view our current field trip offerings, including our new CLC2You program. Please contact our Sales Coordinator to check on the status or availability of your field trip.
Facility Rentals and Birthday Parties: Facility Rentals and Birthday Parties are available for reservation. At this time, all participants of facility rentals and birthday parties are strongly recommended to wear face masks.
Home School Days: Home School Day programs are now available. Click here for days, themes, registration and programs.
Monthly Skies over Tallahassee: The Monthly Skies over Tallahassee have resumed in the Challenger Learning Center’s planetarium. In conjunction with the Tallahassee Astronomical Society, we are bringing back the free screenings on the first Saturday of each month at 10 and 11 a.m. Due to capacity limits in order to permit social distancing, there will be limited tickets available per show.
Reopening: Due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak, the Challenger Learning Center made adjustments to support the safety of our visitors and staff. When you are able to visit you will notice some of those changes:
- Box Office and Concessions plexiglass partitions
- Hand sanitizer stations throughout the facility
- Assigned seating in the Planetarium for proper spacing
- Adjusted capacities in each room and theatre for proper spacing
- Face masks are expected for everyone inside the facility
If you would like to see the adjusted room capacities please click here.
The Challenger Learning Center team appreciates your support and understanding during this difficult time. Below are several ways you can support us:
1. Purchase a membership. By becoming a Challenger Learning Center member, you can take advantage of discounts on tickets, gift shop items and children’s camps, invitations to exclusive, members-only events, free admission to participating Association of Science and Technology Center museums and institutions, and much, much more! If you purchase a new membership during our closure, please note that your membership start date will be the day we reopen. www.ChallengerTLH.com/memberships
2. Follow us/share on social media. A quick, easy way to support our organization is to like/follow us on social media! Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ChallengerTLH. Invite your Facebook friends to like our page, and share/retweet our social content. This will help us to expand our reach and keep our organization top-of-mind during our closure. Find us online @ChallengerTLH!
3. Write a testimonial. Nothing is more valuable in telling our story than hearing it straight from the people who matter most: our loyal customers. Whether you are a frequent planetarium visitor, a Camp Challenger parent, an IMAX lover or a general supporter of our educational mission, we want to hear from you. We use testimonials on our website, in grant proposals, social media and other opportunities. Testimonials can be a length and topic of your choosing. You can submit these in the form of a Google review, a Facebook review, or they can be sent to email@example.com.
4. Make a donation. The Challenger Learning Center of Tallahassee is planning renovations to our IMAX theatre that will greatly enhance your movie experience. These renovations include new seating, flooring, signage, lighting and even a new IMAX screen. Your support in the quantity of $500 will cover the cost of purchasing and installing one new seat in the IMAX theatre. With your help, we can complete these necessary renovations to improve our movie experience for years to come. Revenue generated by the IMAX theatre supports the Challenger Learning Center’s STEAM outreach initiatives and educational programming in our 66-county service area. By submitting a pledge at www.ChallengerTLH.com/imax-renovations, you are bringing the vision for a new and improved IMAX theatre to reality.
Challenger Learning Center of Tallahassee Partners with Hamilton County Schools to Provide At-Home Instruction During the COVID-19 Pandemic
We are partnering with Hamilton County Schools to provide virtual instruction to K-8 students during the spring and summer semesters. The curriculum has been developed and prepared for virtual dissemination by CLC educators and will be distributed to students via the school’s online platform. Curriculum features art-infused STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) lessons, presented in both English and Spanish. Each lesson includes a family component for families to complete a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) lesson together. Included with the virtual STEAM lessons are corresponding IMAX documentary or planetarium show video links and lessons.
The agreement between the CLC and Hamilton County Schools includes instruction for grades K-2 and 6-8 in the spring and grades 3-5 and 7-8 in the summer. The agreement is designed to keep students engaged in STEAM topics during the spring and summer months in lieu of traditional instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Challenger Learning Center is pleased to work with Hamilton County Schools and provide virtual lessons for K-8 students, thanks to a Florida Department of Education grant procured by Mrs. Phyllis Porter of Hamilton County Schools,” says Susan Borland, Challenger Learning Center Education Manager. “While this partnership has existed for several years and usually includes in-classroom visits, the COVID-19 situation has changed that. Our education staff appreciates the partnership with Hamilton County Schools and thoroughly enjoys working with the students and teachers each year.”
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12pm to 10pm Sundays
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
The Challenger Learning Center is located on the beautiful Kleman Plaza in Downtown Tallahassee.