Does a pumpkin bounce if you drop it from a second story balcony
in the Museum of Science and Industry (and who has to clean up the
mess if it doesn't)? Kids can learn the answer to this and other
messy Halloween questions at the museum's Spooky Science activities
Starting with a Halloween-themed overnight program Oct. 12-13,
the museum will showcase chemistry magic with flaming
jack-o-lanterns, treat guests to haunted Coal Mine and Pioneer
Zephyr tours, gauge gravity with a pumpkin drop and even let guests
create their own spooky music soundtrack on the "FrankenFoley"
"Halloween's such a great time of year and this is a great way
to get in the spirit of it and talk about science," says Meredith
Black, MSI manager of specialized experiences. The events and
activities are geared towards kids of all ages, and a big favorite
for all is the pumpkin pyrotechnics, which uses chemistry to light
"We have something for everyone. The pumpkin smashing is
definitely for the younger, pyrotechnics is for a little older,"
she says. "We have an idea factory for the itty bitty ones. We have
some great programming there with scarab beetles and an Egyptian
The haunted coal mine (additional charge for this) and haunted
Zephyr have some scary (but not too scary) surprises, so they're
best reserved for older kids, Black says.
Even adults will like this year's addition to Spooky Science-the
FrankenFoley stage. "We have the silent movie from the 1920s and
our guests get to figure out what sound effects go best," Black
All of the activities run throughout the day, with a schedule
and map of events posted online at msichicago.org. The
Snoozeum event and the coal mine rides have admission charges and
require pre-registration; the other events are free drop-in
Spooky Science runs through Oct. 31.
Liz DeCarlo is the senior editor at Chicago Parent.
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