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Free Weekend on North Coast Harbor is Here!

The Cleveland Foundation’s February centennial gift to the community, a free weekend on North Coast Harbor, will include just-announced, all-day special family programming at Great Lakes Science Center on Saturday, Feb. 22, and at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum on Sunday, Feb. 23.

Great Lakes Science Center’s free admission on Saturday, Feb. 22, will include live science demonstrations every hour, capsule chats in the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, and a chance to see the Science Center’s new exhibition, Wildlife Rescue, which opened Jan. 25. Guests will also have an opportunity in the morning and afternoon to meet NASA astronaut and native Clevelander Dr. Don Thomas, and hear about his flight aboard the space shuttle Discovery during its STS-70 mission. In addition, the first 1,800 visitors to the Science Center will receive vouchers to see one of five OMNIMAX movie showings playing throughout the day.

On Sunday, Feb. 23, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum’s free admission will include special movies throughout the day, such as a documentary on the Beatles first U.S. visit and a behind-the-scenes film on the young Rolling Stones. In addition, visitors will have the opportunity to meet 2014 Rock Hall Inductee Vini Lopez of the E Street Band, who will be participating in a special Hall of Fame Series conversation. This will also be a last chance to catch the exhibit, Rolling Stones, 50 Years of Satisfaction, which ends March 2.

If visitors can only attend one of the free days during the foundation’s North Coast weekend, both institutions will be conducting first-ever cross-programming to highlight educational synergy along the North Coast. On Saturday, Feb. 22, the Rock Hall education team will come to the Science Center to present a program on the Birth of Hip-Hop Culture, which is aimed at students in grades 5-12. On Sunday, Feb. 23, the Science Center team will appear at the Rock Hall to showcase highlights from its Big Science Show, including a cryoblast dump and bed of nails experiment.

For a complete, downloadable schedule of the Cleveland Foundation Weekend on North Coast Harbor programming, go towww.clevelandfoundation.org/northcoast.

Visitors are encouraged to use the Greater Cleveland RTA. From Tower City, ride the free L-line trolley, or hop on the Waterfront Line. For additional parking information, visit www.greatscience.com and www.rockhall.org.

Highlights include:


Saturday, Feb. 22 – Great Lakes Science Center


10 a.m. – Cleveland Foundation President & CEO Ronn Richard and Great Lakes Science Center President & CEO Dr. Kirsten Ellenbogen officially kick off the Weekend on North Coast Harbor festivities by opening the main doors of the Science Center to visitors.


10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. & 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Meet NASA astronaut Dr. Don Thomas


2 p.m. – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum staff presents the Birth of Hip-Hop Culture


Sunday, Feb. 23 – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum


12 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Live performance by the Rock Hall Education Staff Band

12:45 p.m. – Brief remarks by Cleveland Foundation Executive Vice President Bob



1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Great Lakes Science Center staff presents highlights from the Science Center’s Big Science Show


2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Hall of Fame Series with Vini Lopez of the E Street Band



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