Family Featured Fara Illich March 11, 2010

Afraid of falling? Imagine being strapped to a platform that slowly tilts back, then falls to the ground. Scared of loud noises? Then picture yourself startled by noise and able to watch your own reaction, filmed in slow motion.
bee_beard7-330Both scary and giggle-inducing, the new exhibit at the Arizona Science Center will help you understand the science behind our common fears in a series of creative, first-hand encounters. “Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear” is another terrific example of the Center’s ability to make learning a thrilling, interactive experience.
In the Fear Challenge Course, you’ll have the chance to face four common fears – animals, electric shock, loud noises and falling – in a safe environment. Fear In The Wild is a put-yourself-in-the-picture video game that lets you explore common responses to danger, including the freeze, flight and fight mode.
Since most of us are overgrown kids, this exhibit is perfect for just about any age. It also includes a provocative look at the way media and pop culture reflect our collective fears, plus useful tips to help kids move past those early-age fears.
The exhibit is free to members, $15 per person for children and seniors and $17 per person for adults. And yup, that price includes general admission to the Center.
Want another Fear Factor experience? You have until March 12th to enter for the chance to wear a beard of live bees. True story; I couldn’t make this up if I tried.
On Saturday, March 20th, six winning entries, drawn at random, will proudly wear their bee beard at the Arizona Science Center. If you’d rather watch than participate, demonstrations begin at 11 a.m. and run every 30 minutes until 1:30 p.m.
As for me, I have apiphobia (fear of bees), and I’ll be happy to let you wear the beard in my absence. Just don’t try to shave it off.