“This is an event that’s great for kids and adults,” said Joe Schulman, director of marketing for the Tellus Science Museum. “Kids really of all ages enjoy this event. [Children] as young as 2 or 3 years old will have fun here. We’ve got so many different vehicles. We’ve got all these kids activities,” he said, referring to a miniature train ride and inflatable slide. “... There’s stuff for everybody and that’s what makes it such a great event.
“... [As far as the vehicles], we’re going to have some old fire trucks — I think the earliest one is going to be 1918 — drag racers, motorcycles, large trucks, a weather truck. [So] all sorts of cool stuff. And the great thing about all these vehicles is that kids are going to actually be able to get into the vehicles. That’s something that we are very excited about, because the most important part of this event is that kids are going to be able to get close and get in them and be a part of something and see these vehicles in a way they usually don’t get to.”
While taking part in this year’s event, patrons also will be able to attend a lecture titled “The Photography of the Reaching High Exhibit” at 2 p.m. in the Tellus Theater.
“[‘Reaching High’] is an exhibit on aircraft,” Tellus Executive Director Jose Santamaria said, adding that more than 12 images are on display at Tellus through November. “Each aircraft has got some significant technological achievement [and in addition to that] the photographs are stunning.
“These are World War II-era aircraft. Some older, some younger, but stunning photographs. And the photographer John Slemp will be here to talk about the aircraft and the photography and the techniques that he used to take those photos.”
Heavy Metal in Motion will be included in regular admission to Tellus — $14 for adults, $12 for individuals 65 and older, and $10 for children ages 3 to 17 and students with ID — and it will be free for museum members and active military personnel with ID.
Encompassing 120,000 square feet at 100 Tellus Drive in Cartersville, Tellus is comprised of four main galleries — The Weinman Mineral Gallery, The Fossil Gallery, Science in Motion and The Collins Family My Big Backyard — a 120-seat digital planetarium and an observatory. A Smithsonian affiliate, Tellus has attracted more than 800,000 visitors since opening in January 2009.
For more information about the museum and its upcoming events and programs, call 770-606-5700 or visit www.tellusmuseum.org.