There's something about soapy water and a small plastic stick that can entrall nearly every kid.
The Museum of Life and Science in Durham is taking kids' fascination with bubbles to new levels Saturday with Bubble Blitz. The event from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. features everything from science experiments to recipes for fizzy drinks to homemade bubble wands made with recycled items.
Long-time museum goers probably remember the old bubble machine that once was in the space formerly called Small Science. Kids could use a huge wand and pull up a giant bubble around them.
But the bubble machine didn't return when the museum renovated the space aimed at young children and reopened it last year as Play to Learn.
Museum officials knew it was missed, so they decided to design a day around bubbles.
At Bubble Blitz, kids can create art by blowing bubbles, make a fizzy drink using pantry ingredients and check out hands-on bubble experiments.
Dr. Ken Lyle, a Duke University chemistry professor, will conduct some kid-friendly chemical experiments. Museum staff will talk about how insects use bubbles in the water. And the Traveling Teacher Show, a local group, will help kids make their own bubble wands.
Bubble Blitz is part of the museum's Second Saturday Science series.
The museum has been in the news this month after vandals decapitated its beloved brontasaurus. The head was discovered a few days later.
The brontosaurus was part of the museum's old Dinosaur Trail, which opened 1967 and closed in 1996 because of damage sustained during Hurricane Fran. It's not clear whether the brontosaurus can be restored.
But the museum is nearly ready to open a new dinosaur trail in late July. The 2-1/2 acre trail will feature as many as 22 models of dinosaurs and a big pit where kids can look for fossils. Stay tuned for more information.
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