Family Science Nights
How it Works
Award-winning hands-on STEM Science projects led by Science Explorer instructors. Each family receives a science kit with the materials needed to complete the project. 60-minute program.
Main Library Children’s Department
March 18: Rockin’ Rainbows
April 15: Savvy Circuits
May 20: Extreme Storms
March 20: Bubble Blast
April 17: Extreme Storms
May 15: Defying Gravity
September 9: Awesome Air
October 7: Secret Colors
November 4: Tall Towers
September 18: Slime Time
October 23: Art with a Spin
November 13: Polar Opposites
Build your own spin art machine to create awesome art using science! You’ll complete a circuit to transform energy into art and power your own machine.
Use Bernoulli’s Principle to conduct experiments that demonstrate the amazing effects of air pressure.
Explore Newton’s Third Law of Motion by having a balloon rocket race, then build and launch your own stomp rocket that uses the power of air.
Your family is your blood. But what is blood? Learn all about that red liquid that is so important to our bodies, learn how bruises form, then make a batch of edible blood.
Mix up a bubble solution with a special ingredient to make longer lasting, giant, floating bubbles. Plus, we will make bubbles that we can hold!
Launch into learning as we construct a simple machine the catapult, to hurl pompoms all over the room.
Build your own circuit that lets you communicate using Morse Code. Send messages that your friends and family can try to decode.
Hang on tight as you, the meteorologist, explore extreme weather events. Create a model of a rain cloud, thunder in a cup, and make a tornado in a bottle.
Create fun, fizzing reactions to discover what affects reaction rates. How will these reactions launch your rocket?
Scream in delight as the chemical reactions create a “monster” that goes through a major matter change.
Why don’t oil and water mix? We will conduct experiments on density and polarity to find out, then we’ll use our knowledge to make lava lamp test tubes.
Polymers are magical substances that can absorb 300 times their weight, disappear before your eyes, and keep a baby happy. Conduct fun experiments to learn more about this very special substance!
Learn about the properties of light and about the colors of the rainbow. Then we will use special polymers to create our own tube of rainbow colors!
Calling all inventors! You will create a cell that will become part of a homemade battery. Then you’ll build a simple circuit to create your very own motorized invention.
Utilize the separation procedure of chromatography to reveal the true colors of color-coated candy, Kool-Aid, and magic markers.
You can never make enough of this stuff! We’ll cross-link our way through non-Newtonian fluids as we make both fluffy and chalkboard slime.
Seeing is believing! Use the magic of invisible ultraviolet light to turn slime different colors before our eyes.
How long can you hold your breath? Explore the amazing power of our lungs and how we get air into our bodies! Then build a lung model that actually breathes!
Test out your engineering skills and discover which shapes are the best for building structures. Then put your knowledge to the test to build the tallest, strongest tower of them all!
Experiment with water’s amazing properties – the strength of surface tension, cohesion, and the power of capillary action.