Like many of us these days, Professor Wonder has been cooped up during quarantine inside WonderWorks Orlando. To pass the time, he painted five rocks with summertime designs and hid them around the city for kids of all ages to find.
Summer 2020 might not be the fun-filled season families planned for, but WonderWorks has launched another round of its popular hidden rocks program to provide local families with an outdoor activity they can do together.
“We love hiding rocks around town and spreading a little joy into our community,” says Taylor Geraghty, WonderWorks social media manager. “We thought now more than ever, this would be a fun, social distancing activity for families. Whether or not the trend of painting and hiding rocks has died down, we still want to give people something to smile about.”
Lucky science-lovers who find one of Professor Wonder’s colorful summer-themed rocks just need to tag WonderWorks Orlando on Facebook in a photo of themselves holding the rock they found and then bring it to WonderWorks to claim their prize: Two free tickets to the science-focused indoor amusement park. The good news is that the five rocks have already been hidden around Orlando and are waiting to be found; the bad news is there are only five, so start looking! (Sadly, WonderWorks did not offer any hints).
Professor Wonder is also celebrating the season by sharing cool — and science-y — summer facts.
Did you know?
- The first day of summer is called the Summer Solstice, and it falls somewhere between June 20 and June 22. The exact date varies from year to year, depending on the earth’s rotation, but most calendars have the first day of summer on June 21. It’s also the longest day of the year.
- Thunderstorms occur most often in the summer because the weather conditions needed to create a storm occur most often during these times: moisture in the air + rapidly rising warm air.
- The Northern Hemisphere will experience the Autumnal Equinox on Sept. 22, marking the last day of summer and the first day of fall. The word “equinox” comes from the Latin word for “equal” and the Latin word for “night,” which is why the word describes the two days during the year when daytime and nighttime are the same lengths (the Spring Equinox is March 21).
Check here for more info about the WonderWorks hidden rock program. And good luck!