Newark Museum Presents Free Kid’s Lab That Creates Fun With Chemistry

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NEWARK – The Newark Museum will give kids the opportunity to discover how chemical reactions occur and how chemistry and science improve everyday lives this fall.

In these fun, interactive classes, kids will perform the experiments themselves, in the Science Learning Laboratory. They can make lotions and other beauty products, test for acidity in water and learn how to make clean drinking water. A different topic is explored each week. Classes take place on the following Saturdays: Sept. 29; Oct. 6, 13 and 20; Nov. 3 and 17; and Dec. 1, 8 and 15 at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

BASF, the world’s leading chemical company, is partnering with the Newark Museum to present a series of investigative, hands-on experiments using safe and engaging materials led by one of the museum educators.

The BASF’s Kids’ Lab is for children ages 6-12, accompanied by at least one adult chaperone per four children. Participation is FREE and space is limited, so reservations are recommended. If spaces are available, reservations may be made on the same day at the Science Drop-In activities in the Dynamic Earth exhibit. For advance reservations, call 1-973-596-6563 or 6565.

September 29:

Water Loves Chemistry: Operation Filtration
Learn about the process of creating clean water by doing it yourself. Create a sample of dirty water and then try out some interesting processes to clean it up.

October 6:

Playful Polymers
Slippery, ooey and gooey… Oh My! Explore how polymers behave using some common household ingredients. Your slimey creation is yours to keep.

October 13:

The Rainbow Connection

Is black ink really just made of black dye? Can you create a rainbow just by adding water? Visitors will grab some markers and filter paper and explore the magic behind a colorful chemical process.

October 20:

A Hair-Raising Experiment
Explore the chemistry of a product that helps keep you looking your best. Together, we will observe and compare some interesting properties of matter, such as viscosity. For the grand finale, create and bottle your very own hair gel.

November 3:

The pHun Factor
Lemons and vinegar …. bananas and baking soda … what do these seemingly weird pairings have in common? Come explore the pH scale using two different methods. Do you have a nose for chemistry??

November 17:

Happy Hands
Oil and water do mix in this experiment! Understand the key role emulsifiers play in a popular body product. Apply this knowledge while mixing up your very own hand lotion that is yours to keep.

December 1:

Hold Everything!
Don’t cry over spilled anything! Join us while we explore some interesting absorbent materials. Experiment with household products before exploring an amazing chemical with a noteworthy property.

December 8:

A Hair-Raising Experiment
Explore the chemistry of a product that helps keep you looking your best. Together, we will observe and compare some interesting properties of matter, such as viscosity. For the grand finale, create and bottle your very own hair gel.

December 15:

Playful Polymers
Slippery, ooey and gooey… Oh My! Explore how polymers behave using common household ingredients. Your slimey creation is yours to keep.


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