Space Foundation combines green energy, Hill Climb this weekend

162232988This weekend, visitors to the Space Foundation can do their own version of the famed Pikes Peak Hill Climb – and they can learn more about environmentally friendly automobiles at the same time.

Visitors to the Discovery Center, located at 4425 Arrowswest Drive, can drive a Chevy Volt or Nissan Leaf electric car up a nearby hill, and then watch how electricity recharges the battery upon descent. The cars will be provided by Drive SunShine Institute, a co-sponsor of the Space Foundation’s Summer of Discovery.

Visitors will also be able to peddle their way to a healthy snack on a special stationary Boulder Bike Blender. Burn calories while blending organic bike-powered fruit smoothies. The smoothies will be free with the first 100 admissions to the Discovery Center starting at 10 a.m. June 29. Additional bike-powered smoothies will be $3 each.

The discovery center is the region’s only space, science and technology attraction, and is open to the public from 10 a.m. t 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Each week, the center will focus on a specific theme, with a full day of special activities each Saturday.

Daily admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, $7 for college students, $3 for children 4 to 17. Admission is free with military I.D., to those affected by the Colorado wildfires and to first responders.

The discovery center is also a collection point for Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado. The public may bring donations between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., and anyone donating food will receive $2 off the price of admission.