PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Today marks the official start of summer, which means it was time for the annual Snowball Day at the Carnegie Science Center.

People lined up outside before it opened, carrying coolers and plastic bags filled with snow.

“We have 12 snowballs. We actually have one of those little red snowball makers that you squeeze together to make the perfect ball, but it was a real challenge this year because we had very little snow,” Jackie Stranko said.

Over the winter, the guests made and saved snowballs in preparation for Snowball Day.

Visitors were not only able to name their own price for admission today, but they also launched their snowballs straight into the Ohio River.

“It’s fun throwing them in and it’s a lot of excitement to throw them in,” Jonathan Abbondanza said,

“It’s awesome. It’s fun,” Carter Stranko said.

“It’s fun because you get to throw a bunch of snow balls in the river and they just disintegrate in the river,” Camden Stranko said.

This is the sixth year for this event, but there is something new this year as they debuted the ultimate snowball launcher.

“We thought, why not get people excited about saying goodbye to winter and hello to summer and it’s been really popular and it’s become a tradition. A lot of people have come all six years we’ve been doing it,” Steve Kovac with the Carnegie Science Center said.

It’s turned into a popular tradition as the Science Center was expecting to see between 800 and 1,000 visitors.


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