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Carin Schoppmeyer: Worst case scenarios educate

Jones Center ramping up by Carin Schoppmeyer | June 19, 2022 at 1:00 a.m.
Terri Trotter, Jones Center president and CEO (from left); Celia Swanson, Jones Trust board chairwoman; and Sam Dean, Scott Family Amazeum executive director, visit at the VIP preview of Worst Case Scenario Survival Experience on June 8 at the JTL Shop in Springdale. The "hands-on, minds-on" touring exhibition runs through Oct. 14. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)

The Jones Center welcomed VIP guests to a special preview of the Worst Case Scenario Survival Experience touring exhibition June 8 at the center's JTL Shop in Springdale.

Organizers say the "hands-on, minds-on, immersive exhibition," based on the best-selling "The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook," is a bilingual, STEM-based experience "that engages all ages and abilities in active problem solving and hilarious, full-body play."

"Guests rely on their tinkering and decision-making skills to conquer real-world challenges, from defusing a bomb and leaping from a moving train, to landing a plane, escaping from quicksand and outsmarting a mountain lion."

"As downtown Springdale evolves, the Jones Center is reimagining our 50-plus acre campus and how we can offer more opportunities for fun and learning. This exhibition is a start, and we are excited to welcome guests to the Jones Center and to the Worst-Case Scenario Survival Experience this summer," says Terri Trotter, president and CEO of the Jones Center. The exhibition runs through Oct. 14.

For a limited time, the center is offering a Jones Discovery pass, "which includes access to the Jones Center Ice Arena (skates included) and pools during public sessions and member sessions, as well as the temporary exhibition at the JTL Shop for all members and family." For more information, contact the Guest and Member Services team at memberships@jonesnet.org or (479) 756-8090.

The Jones Center is also holding more than 30 summer camps for Northwest Arkansas children through Aug. 11. Camp offerings include Amazeum Camps at The Jones Center, Trike Theatre Experience, Introduction to Basketball Academy, Ice Skating Skills Camps, Learn-to-Ride, and Wize Computing Academy Coding Camps. Organizers say: "The Jones Center's affordable and accessible summer camps are designed to keep kids active and learn a new skill." For more information, visit thejonescenter.net/camps.

For more event photos -- nwadg.com/photos/society.

Columnist Carin Schoppmeyer can be reached by email at cschoppmeyer@nwadg.com.

  photo  Andi Jones (from left), Al "Papa Rap" Lopez and Betsy Phillips visit at the Worst Case Scenario preview. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
 
 
  photo  Carl and Anna George attend the Worst Case Scenario preview. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
 
 
  photo  Samantha Stinson with Ariana (from left) and Sara Broome Jones with Alice enjoy the VIP preview of Worst Case Scenario. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
 
 
  photo  Thomas Guod (from left), Ally Offenbacker, Ruby Guod and Anna Norris enjoy the Worst Case Scenario preview. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
 
 
  photo  Lela Davidson (left) and Tina Winham attend the Worst Case Scenario preview. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
 
 
  photo  Connor Wormington, 9, and his sister Brooklyn Wormington, 6, try their skills on a climbing wall Wednesday June 8, 2022 at The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Experience. The siblings were at the event with their mom, Jennifer Wormington of Springdale (not pictured). The exhibit is a bilingual touring exhibition that The Jones Center is hosting this summer through October 14 at the JTL Shop in downtown Springdale. The exhibition features scenarios to test and build worst-case survival skills. For more information visit https://www.thejonescenter.net/special-exhibitions Visit nwaonline.com/220609Daily/ for daily galleries. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. Wampler)
 
 
  photo  Children try to escape the avalanche simulator Wednesday June 8, 2022 at The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Experience. The exhibit is a bilingual touring exhibition that The Jones Center is hosting this summer through October 14 at The JTL Shop in downtown Springdale. The exhibition features scenarios to test and build worst-case survival skills. For more information visit https://www.thejonescenter.net/special-exhibitions Visit nwaonline.com/220609Daily/ for daily galleries. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. Wampler)
 
 
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