Nov 20, 2016

Exploring Cranbrook's Halloween Science

When it comes to anything science related, my boys are all about checking it out - whether it's a new gadget, a new exhibit, or even if it's the latest How It's Made video. They love discovering the way things move and work. When the chance came to check out Cranbrook's Institute of Science's annual event, Halloween Science, I knew it was something they would enjoy.

Join for one of three sessions as we investigate the science behind the spooky through demonstrations, interactive activities, and more. Each session features all ages, not-too-scary experiences, and attendees are encouraged to don their costumes for this event. 
Attendees were encouraged to pre-register and were guaranteed a goody bag upon arrival. I have to say, Psy loved the contents - shark bubbles and a shark mask - but he was more interested in getting started. As soon as we walked in, there was quite a bit to do.

At one station Psy was able to see what his fingerprints (and others) looked like under a magnifying glass; another had the kids making their own invisible ink; and there was also a chance to see what the inside of a cow's eyeball looked like. I have to say, for a boy who tends to get squeamish around certain things, Psy had no problem getting up close to check out the cow eye. In total, there were eight different stations right as you entered that the kids could explore through, and all the experiments were ones that could easily be done at home. Out of all the exhibits that were right there, the one that caught Psy's interest the most was the Ghost Towers.

Kids were encouraged to test their stacking skills by building walls, towers, and mountains - quite a few tried building towers that were taller than themselves. This was the one station that seemed to have the most kids every time we walked by it (and Psy wanted to spend quite a bit of time here *grin*).

Cranbrook's Halloween Science exhibit wasn't kept in one area though; the entire museum was open to explore - including the current Megalodon - Largest Shark That Ever Lived exhibit (which will be available until January 3, 2017 - Tutankhamun starts February 3rd!).

Throughout the museum, there were even more stations with activities for the kids to do, plus there was a show in the planetarium to view and several live demonstrations in the auditorium. Sadly, we didn't make it to any of the demonstrations since we were so busy with all of the activities, so I can't say to much about them.  There was two demonstrations we did get to catch - Cranbrook did a little Pumpkin Chunkin' and exploded a few ping pong balls.

Overall, Psy loved all the activities. The only thing I would say is, my oldest didn't attend with us and it was probably a good thing he didn't. While he would have loved all the experiments, there wasn't anything he hasn't done before, especially at a hands-on museum. My boys tend to be very curious, and if they can't touch or investigate something, they tend to lose interest quickly. With that in mind, Psy was definitely more interested in all the stations than exploring Cranbrook as a whole and I wouldn't have minded a few more spookier experiments.


  1. Looks like Psy did have a great time. This kind of events and activities really help nourishes our children's creativity and curiosity sides. Something that parents via usually enhances on a daily basis.