Survive a simulated avalanche? Outsmart a mountain lion? Discover your favorite challenge at “The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Experience!”

Photo: Courtesy, The Jones Center

The Jones Center’s new STEM-based exhibition for kids and families, The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Experience, is underway at The JTL Shop, offering guests a unique kind of interactive experience in the heart of downtown Springdale.

The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Experience is a hands-on, mind-on exhibition where all ages can conquer real-world challenges with critical problem-solving and hilarious, full-body play.

Need to land a plane, escape quicksand, or detect if someone is lying? The exhibition will have you thinking on your feet and laughing at every turn.

Presented in English and Spanish and now translated in Marshallese, the exhibition is open through Oct. 14 at The JTL Shop, located 614 E. Emma Ave. and part of The Jones Center campus.

President and CEO Terri Trotter said the exhibition is just one of the ways The Jones Center is activating its campus to deliver exciting new programming to Northwest Arkansas.

“As downtown Springdale evolves, we’re reimagining our 50+ acre campus and how we can offer more opportunities for fun and learning,” Trotter said. “This exhibition is a start, and we’re excited to welcome guests to The Jones Center and The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Experience over the next few months.”

The exhibition features 5,000+ square feet of interactive exhibits at the Survival Gym with Challenges, where daredevils can navigate a simulated avalanche in the giant Ball Pit and learn how to jump from one moving vehicle to another on the Train Jump platform. They can explore how to change their appearance with common household items at the Disguise Display or visit the Lock Pick Wall, where lock barrels are made of clear Lucite so they can see inside while they tinker.

The exhibition provides essential instructions to conquer all the challenges and encourages guests to approach extreme situations with ingenuity, while testing their knowledge in fun, creative ways.

The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Experience is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are available at and at the door during exhibition hours.

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