GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum reopens one of its most popular family activity areas today, a new and expanded Discovery Room. Previously open only during the summer, the Discovery Room will provide ongoing, interactive family activities daily until 4:30 p.m. through December 2008.

Discovery Room visitors may explore a coral reef, create animals from Florida’s diverse ecosystems in self-guided discovery stations, or complete an arts and craft or coloring project. Scheduled programs include story time, puppets and museum exploration with Dr. Discovery.

“The Discovery Room received an outstanding reception last year, and based on the numerous requests of our members and visitors, we’ve decided to offer it through December 2008,” said Florida Museum of Natural History Education Director Jamie Creola. “The expanded schedule will provide opportunities for increased public engagement with Discovery Room resources and allow our education staff to evaluate current, and develop new, programming and exhibits for that space.”

For more information on the Discovery Room, visit or call (352) 846-2000, ext. 246.

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