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It's time for some spooky science!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Posted by
Rachel Wong

Saturday, October 27 is Boo-ology at the Science Museum. At this popular annual event, you'll find hands-on science activities with a spooky spin througout the museum, and kids under 12 in costume get in free! This year's event will feature cool hands-on activities from Medtronic that will let you see inside your body, along with some activities that explore Frankenstein's legacy in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's famous novel. 

With all the festivities happening at the museum, we're really in the Halloween spirit. We rounded up some Halloween themed activities that are easy and fun to do at home so that you can continue the science fun!

We chose three DIY activities to share in this post so that there is an activity that appeals to every kid - or kid-at-heart. For each activity, you'll find easy-to-follow instructions from our Learning Technologies Center so that you can replicate the activity at home. (The fun-loving and creative LTC staff are up to all kinds of cool things. Check out their blog, Bricolage, for a sampling of the work they're doing to get visitors of all ages innovating with technology!)

For the visual artist: Halloween Static Cards

Learn about static electricity while designing and drawing a Halloween greeting card. Make your scary creatures come to life with some cardstock, yarn, markers, and static!  

For the playful prankster: Laughing Cup

Learn about sound and how it travels by scaring your friends with the laughing cup, which is inspired by the cuica, a musical instrument from Brazil. Draw your favorite facial expression on the cup to match its laugh!

For the Star Wars enthusiast: DIY Lightsaber

Make your own lightsaber to go with your costume, and learn about the qualities of light and electrical circuits. Challenge your friends to a friendly lightsaber duel!

Boo-ology is on Saturday, October 27 from noon to 4 p.m. Festivities are included in museum admission. And don't forget - kids in costume get in FREE!

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