Boonanza: the Must-attend Halloween Celebration at the Kentucky Science Center
A wonderfully educational Halloween celebration, Boonanza occurs every year at the Kentucky Science Center, focusing on the scientific aspects of every child's favorite fall holiday. This year, the Boonanza is scheduled for Saturday, October 26th and Sunday, October 27th from 11am - 4pm. Regular admission to the Science Center gives you access to this frighteningly good time, and the event is free for members of the Science Center. Here are just a few of the fun activities families can do together at the Kentucky Science Center.
Learn More About Zombies
The zombie exhibit at Boonanza will teach you more than just “aim for the head.” At Boonanza, visitors can learn about how a hypothetical zombie virus would affect their bodies, and even look at zombie "organs" up close. Given our recent cultural obsession with zombies (World War Z, anyone?), this part of Boonanza is a great way to turn a creepy cultural phenomenon into a fun scientific learning experience. The Zombie Lab will also allow visitors to create take-home scabs, blisters, and other unpleasant zombie virus side effects.
Cool Geysers and Glow in the Dark Minerals
Boonanza features a variety of fun glow-in-the-dark activities, designed to showcase the illuminating properties of various substances. You can expect to see geysers and ultraviolet minerals. A light table will feature spooky skeleton-style X-rays, while an electricity demonstration will showcase the various properties of electricity.
Squishy Pumpkins and Spooky Science
Boonanza will contain several fun interactive elements, including the Squishy Pumpkins exhibit. This will feature several carved pumpkins filled with squishy, slimy, slippery mystery substances that visitors are encouraged to explore hands-on. Other creepy components of Boonanza include informative (yet chill-inducing) walk-ups, such as a station explaining the science behind Halloween fog.
Halloween Treats for Little Tricksters
Boonanza at the Kentucky Science Center is definitely appropriate for younger children. The Science Center is hosting a "My First Halloween Costume" contest, and a special film, Spookley the Square Pumpkin, is showing in the Tech Forum until October 31st. Admission for the film is just three dollars. Spookley the Square Pumpkin is about a beleaguered pumpkin who gets teased for his square shape by his more spherical colleagues, but winds up saving the day when a storm threatens to push all the more rotund pumpkins into a nearby river. Curious George will also be available for photographs with dressed-up youngsters on October 27th.
Win Prizes in the Mystery Lab
Visit the Mystery Lab at Boonanza for the chance to win special prizes. You and your little ones can play detective, giving you the chance to win big if you correctly guess Who Dunnit. This is a great activity if you have an aspiring Sherlock Holmes in your family.
Boonanza at the Science Center is meant to be kid-friendly and not too scary, so the Science Center reminds guests to refrain from wearing a scary Halloween costume or a mask to the event. Last year StageOne performed spooky Halloween songs on the second day of the event, so hopefully they will be back this year with more frightening sounds. From zombie science to contests and fun films, there’s something for children of all ages at the Kentucky Science Center Boonanza.
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