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SPI - Where Science and Play Intersect

by Sam Miller

A Place For Children and Children At Heart

Join the Knox County Ohio community and see what SPI is all about. Located at 400 South Main Street in Mount Vernon, Ohio, this scientific and interactive atmosphere has a mission and dedication to all ages of the Knox County Ohio community to encourage exploration of science and technology through play. SPI desires to assist in developing curiosity and inspiration to children and adults and wants members to appreciate and experience science through body, mind, and environment. 

The inviting setting welcomes visitors with an exciting display of colors and various spaces including physics experiments involving light and electricity, a Reading Nook, Climber, Air Rockets, Cars and Ramps, Interactive Augmented Realty Sandbox, and Discovery Lab Activities, perfect for one's imaginations to grow. 


SPI's Hours of Operation:

Monday: 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: 9:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Admission Prices:

Daily Individual Admission: $3

Monthly Family Admission: $15 **Includes 2 Adults, 3 Children. Each additional member increases admission cost by $5

Yearly Family Admission: $100 **Includes 2 Adults, 3 Children. Each additional member increases admission cost by $10

The Multi-Pack (20 tickets): $50 **Tickets are good for one year from date of purchast. Each ticket is one admission

Ohio Direction (EBT) Cardholders:  ** Up to four individuals per card with ID, $1/person

ASTC Membership Cardholders:   **COSI, The Works (SPI Individual Daily Admission: $1.50) Outside 90-mile radius (Admission into SPI: FREE)

The ASTC Passport Program is a yearly membership to SPI, gives you free general admission to ASTC museums greater than 90 miles away, as well as half price admission to COSI and The Works.

SPI will be CLOSED on Wednesday, November 22-November 24 in celebration of Thanksgiving.

SPI is located at 400 South Main Street in Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050
Click HERE to view their official site

This community feature is part of our ongoing series titled 365 Things To Do in Knox County Ohio by REALTOR Sam Miller of REMAX Stars Realty.


Kenyon College Summer Youth Mime Theatre

Summer Youth Mime Theatre is a joint venture with Kenyon College and Right Brain Productions.  This FREE performance is a culmination of three weeks of intense training, creativity and laughter for the participants in the Youth Mimi program at Kenyon College.  Student performers range in age from 2nd through 12th grade.  If you are looking for some relaxing entertainment that will put a smile on your face be sure to check out the Summer Youth Mime Theatre at the Bolton Theatre at Kenyon College.

This is part of our ongoing series titled "365 Things To Do in Knox County Ohio".  If you would like to view any of our previously featured community highlights be sure to visit 365 Things To Do in Knox County Ohio by Sam Miller of REMAX Stars Realty. 



Brown Family Environmental Center 365 Things To Do in Knox County Ohio

Our "365 Things To Do in Knox County Ohio" series takes us to the Brown Family Environment Center at Kenyon College which is an amazing attraction and a place for people of all ages.  You will experience visual beauty, you will hear the sounds of the birds and frogs, you will smell the flowers and clean air and you can walk, photograph, touch and connect with nature.   According to Kenyon College's website there have been more than 10,000 school children visit and experience the Brown Family Environmental Center.   

Brown Family Environmental Center 365 Things To Do in Knox County Ohio

My grandparents used to live on Porter Road in Gambier which is just around the corner from the Brown Family Environmental Center and our daughter Erica loved the many afternoons they spent there together.  Some of Erica's fondest memories were seeing the turtles and their tiny little baby turtles in one of the ponds.  Last year she revisited the Brown Family Environmental Center for an evening of star gazing with a few of her friends.  

Brown Family Environmental Center 365 Things To Do in Knox County OhioOriginally known as the Kenyon Center for Environmental Study when it opened in 1995 was renamed to recognize a generous gift from the Minigowin Foundation to honor Robert Bowen Brown and family.  The center expands well beyond the visitor's center on Laymon Road and includes approximately 380 acres of land.  It's super easy to find and is located less than 4 miles from Mount Vernon just off of 229 east and directly across from the main entrance of Kenyon College.  The next time you take a walk or bike ride on the Kokosing Gap Trail bike and walking path just beyond the 3.5 mile marker you will find a small walking bridge that leads to the Brown Family Environmental Center.  Whether you have hours to spend or just 15 or 20 minutes the Brown Family Environmental Center at Kenyon College is a community attraction worth visiting.

This feature is part of our ongoing series called 365 Things To Do in Knox County Ohio by real estate professional Sam Miller of REMAX Stars Realty.  Feel free to check out all of our previously featured articles by visiting 365 Things To Do in Knox County Ohio feature articles.  


Forbes Magazine recently featured Kenyon College in their latest issue as one of "The World's Most Beautiful College Campuses".   The Village of Gambier is truly a gorgeous community with tree lined streets, spectacular Gothic architecture, walking paths and river scenery.  The Gambier community is adjoined by a picturesque landscape of country property and farmland.  Kenyon is one of the nation's finest liberal arts colleges. 


As a Knox County resident and real estate professional, it makes me very proud that Kenyon College received this well deserved recognition from Forbes Magazine.  Because of the Forbes article, I am sure others will discover the beauty of the Kenyon College Campus.


Community Profile of Gambier, Ohio


Kenyon College

Kokosing Gap Trail: Ohio’s Finest Rail to Trail

by Sam Miller

Once an active branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad, the Kokosing Gap Trail offers Knox County residents a relaxing and very scenic means of exercise and recreation. Opened in 1991, the Trail is a 10-foot wide paved path that stretches 13.5 miles from Mount Vernon to Danville. Along its course, the Trail follows Knox County’s scenic Kokosing River and surrounding countryside. Forested hills, wetlands, family farms, and the river itself offer pleasant scenery, and many opportunities for memorable photos. Beginning in Mount Vernon’s Phillips Park, the trail runs east to historic Gambier, the home of nationally respected Kenyon College. Here, one can stop for a rest at one of the Trail’s restroom facilities and take photos with one of the Trail’s travelers from the past: and old steam engine, coal car, flatbed and caboose; a standing reminder of the legacy of America’s once great railroad system.


From Gambier, the trail continues northeast towards Howard, where the beautiful Apple Valley Lake and resort are located. Here, Trail goers will pass underneath Route 36 through a stone-arched tunnel, and then continue on towards Danville. It is in Danville where the 13.5-mile Kokosing Gap Trail ends, but if one wishes to travel further, the Mohican Valley Trail, which opened to the public in 1999, begins only a few blocks from where the Kokosing Trail ends.


Many people use the Kokosing Gap Trail. Its close proximity to Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Kenyon College in Gambier makes it an excellent place for college students to get away from the stress of campus life and prevent the infamous Freshman 15. It is a great way for families to spend peaceful, quality time together, and instill in young children good exercise habits and a respect and love of nature. The Trail is an excellent way for anyone, of any age, to get the exercise needed to live a healthy, happy life.


The Trail is also a great place for nature lovers. In addition to the common squirrel, chipmunk, and deer, the Kokosing Gap Trail is also a great place for bird watchers. One of the most inspiring sights at the Trail is the rare spotting of the American Bald Eagle. At least one mating pair is reported to soar the skies along the Kokosing River, making the Trail one of the best places to try and spot this majestic, once endangered, bird of prey. With the 4th of July fast approaching, the spotting of the American Bald Eagle within Knox County could be one of the most memorable sights of the summer.


Parking for the Kokosing Gap Trail can be found in Mount Vernon, Gambier, Howard, and Danville. The trail features several river crossings on wooden-decked steel bridges, a few of which include observation decks where people can rest and take in the scenery or take a few photos. Recently, there has been some talk on extending the Trail to also run north to Fredericktown, Ohio. The Kokosing Gap Trail is a beautiful, relaxing stretch of path, which is enjoyable to people of all ages and backgrounds. Whether biking, walking, running or skating, the Trail is an excellent venue for exercise and shows off the beauty and rich history of Knox County.

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