Aurora attraction ready for full schedule of trips and classes

The center has revamped exhibits and added new attractions
Published: Mar. 16, 2021 at 12:16 PM CDT
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AURORA, Neb. (KSNB) - During the spring of 2019 the Edgerton Explorit Center in Aurora missed out on a full season of field trips and going out to visit schools because of the pandemic but this year the staff is eager to return to interacting with students.

On Monday, the staff filled its last field trip spot while also finishing up its brochure for summer classes, which will include 40 classes on a variety of topics.

“It’s really amazing. The staff is excited and it’s great to have people back in the center and doing what we love to do which is educating people about science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics,” Mary Molliconi, the Executive Director for the center, said. “It’s what we’re here for.”

From mid March to mid June of 2019 the center had its doors closed which gave staff the opportunity to renovate current exhibits, add exhibits and add an entirely new space to the lower level of the center. Molliconi said in her nine years at the center she isn’t sure if it has ever looked as good as it does now or has offered as much.

The brochure for summer classes will go on the center’s website and Facebook page on April 1. People can visit those pages to figure out which classes they’d like to be involved in.

Attendance and revenue has increased since Christmas and people seem eager to get back in the center and interact with the exhibits. Missing out an entire year of trips and classes would have been a financial hit for the center had it not been for the community’s support during that time.

“Being closed that amount of time, about 80 percent of our income comes from field trips in the spring and we weren’t able to have really any of those, so that 80 percent of our yearly income to be able to replace that is something that’s hard to do.”

The center is open at full capacity right now from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Masks are required.

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