Two and a half year old Clara Elsbernd of Bossier City plays in the kitchen area of the POP children’s area at Sci-Port Discovery Center. (By Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune)

Sci-Port Discovery Center has reopened its Power of Play (POP) area.

Located on the second floor of the Science Center, POP is designed for children 8 and under only, with parent supervision/interaction required. Hours will be Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

IMAX will open to members on April 6 and to the public on April 7. Hours will be announced in the coming weeks.

Suzanna Elsbernd of Bossier City brought her two and a half year old daughter, Clara, to POP Friday morning for the public reopening.

“We love POP. It’s our favorite…we come here at least once a week,” Elsbernd said. “We’re very happy that it’s open again.”

According to Board Chairman Rich Lamb, the Board has been working diligently to reopen the Science Center. A press release said Sci-Port is “doing everything possible to re-open the entire facility as soon as possible.”

“We had hoped to open at least POP and IMAX before this, but discovered additional issues that required our attention,” Lamb said. “We are working on a plan to reopen the rest of the Science Center, which we’ll announce as soon as finalized. In the interim, we hope people will support our employees and Sci-Port by coming to POP and IMAX.”

Sci-Port has become an icon on the Shreveport riverfront, drawing visitors from across the country and providing educational resources and entertainment for the Ark-La-Tex residents.

Board member Jennifer Pou said they are working hard to resolve past issues and move forward with a plan to reopen all of Sci-Port so the center will continue to educate and entertain for years to come.

“Sci-Port Discovery Center is too important to lose,” Pou said.

Eloise Palmer is a member who grew up going to Sci-Port, and now her children go, too.

“As a teacher, I appreciate the educational mission of Sci-Port. It was fun for me to go as a child and now my children are going,” Palmer  said. “The reason I support Sci-Port is that I want it to be there for future generations, too.”

By Amanda Simmons

Photos by Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune

IMG 1859,72,78 — Two and a half Clara Elsbernd of Bossier City plays in the kitchen area of the POP children’s area at Sci-Port Discovery Center.