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The Science of Spooky: Museum of Science and Industry offering scary fun in October

2012-10-04T00:00:00Z The Science of Spooky: Museum of Science and Industry offering scary fun in OctoberBy Philip Potempa philip.potempa@nwi.com, (219) 852-4327 nwitimes.com

Having the Halloween spirit equals a chance to educate and entertain all ages according to the staff at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.

It's a sort of trick or treat with a slant to learn an important lesson or two while visiting the museum during October.

"Kids and families really enjoy the Halloween spin we put on some of our exhibits and activities," said Marilyn Stein, public relations coordinator for Museum of Science and Industry.

"Making slime becomes a lesson in polymers, and our Pumpkin Smashing activity — where we literally drop pumpkins from our balcony — is a fun demonstration on elastic and inelastic collisions. So not only are guests having fun, they're learning science, too."

Beginning Oct. 13 and running through the end of the month, MSI will showcase chemistry magic with flaming jack-o-lanterns, treat guests to eerie haunted Coal Mine and Pioneer Zephyr tours, gauge gravity with the pumpkin drops from the balcony, and even let guests create their own spooky movie soundtrack on their "FrankenFoley" stage.

All activities are included in the Museum's general admission and happen at various times throughout the day.

In addition, for families with kids ages 6-12, the Halloween Snoozeum Sleepover kicks off the spooky science fun on Friday, Oct. 12, as a chance to experience the Museum after dark, and see the fiery pumpkin chemistry show while trying out one of the haunted exhibit tours before you settle in at MSI for the night. Registration is required and tickets are $45 per person.

FYI: (773) 684-1414 ext. 8800 or msichicago.org/snoozeum

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