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New Year's Day means messy fun at CSC


It’s a one-of-a-kind tradition that’s guaranteed to get everyone’s New Year off to a very messy start.

Carnegie Science Center is breaking out its sloppiest, goopiest, gooiest activities for MessFest 2014 on Wednesday, Jan. 1. This is the seventh annual MessFest celebration.

MessFest features special, hands-on activities that are available only on the first day of the year! From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors are invited to experiment with slime and get sticky during shows as the Science Center turns four floors of exhibits into a messy playground. It’s fun for all, and best of all, parents don’t have to do the clean-up.

A perennial favorite is oobleck,a gooey substance that feels solid when picked up, but then slips through the fingers like a liquid. It’s made of cornstarch and water, so there’s no damage if it gets on clothing.

The Egg Drop activity invites visitors to engineer a case for raw eggs that will protect their “egg-stronauts” as they are dropped from a height to the pavement below. Kids can become messy artists with finger painting, make sidewalk chalk out of plaster of Paris and tempera paint, and compete in a “pi”-eating contest. They’re actually eating pudding, but at the Science Center, it’s called pi.

Along with the activity tables, visitors can experience the Science Center’s most explosive,high-energy, and grossly entertaining theater programs: “Plant Pop Extreme” in the Kitchen Theater and the “Messy Minute Challenge” in the Works Theater.

All messy activities are included with general admission to the Science Center. Visitors are advised: They will get messy -- and whatever they do, don’t dress up.

Visit or call 412-237-3400 for more details.


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