Magazine article USA TODAY

A "Discovery" at the Store

Magazine article USA TODAY

A "Discovery" at the Store

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When there seems to be nothing worthwhile on TV and flipping with the remote is getting tedious, a stop at the Discovery Channel more often than not proves worthwhile. The same can be said for the Discovery Channel Store, headquartered in Florence, Ky., but with outlets nationwide.

Children usually are born with inquisitive minds, never more so than when it comes to natural disasters. We were tempted by the Ultimate Volcano kit, but the option to "moderate the explosion as it erupts--from six inches to six feet" sounded a bit too true-to-life for our tastes. Besides, being partial to winter and the snow--with children who feel the same way--led us to the Ultimate Avalanche Kit. And the come-on was irresistible: "With all the pieces in place, you release a wave of snow that wipes out everything in its path.... Trigger an avalanche that roars.... The amazing 'InstaSnow' powder expands to 100 times its original size. …

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