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Science World celebrates 31 years virtually despite pandemic struggles

Science World (Mike Lloyd, NEWS 1130 Photo)

Science World is marking 31 years on Wednesday

The attraction is hosting a virtual celebration, despite struggles due to the COVID-19 pandemic

The live celebration starts at 2:20 p.m.

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Science World may be closed and struggling during the pandemic, but that’s not stopping birthday celebrations.

Vancouver’s iconic dome turns 31 on Wednesday. To mark the occasion, there will be a livestream birthday show at 2:20 p.m.

Some of Science World’s most popular demonstrations will be performed from its centre stage, including “The Exploding Pringles Can,” which sends potato chips flying with ignited hydrogen.

You also have the chance to win some prizes. Science World will be giving away five ultimate family passes to selected winners who participate and comment during the livestream.

The passes can be redeemed once Science World has reopened.

The iconic attraction along False Creek was forced the shut down on March 14. Since that time, Science World has lost most of its revenue that would normally have come from admissions and events hosted there.

In order to cut expenses, Science World has had to lay off all part-time staff, while full-time staff have taken paycuts.

Last month, Science World’s CEO painted a grim potential outlook, saying staff have been doing whatever they can to ensure the attraction is able to reopen once pandemic restrictions are lifted. However, she told NEWS 1130 the longer the crisis continues, the harder it becomes.

The anniversary celebration comes a day after Giving Tuesday. If you’d like to make a donation to Science World, you can do so here.

-With files from Monika Gul