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Science Center hosting annual Pumpkin Smash event


Last updated 10/31/2016 at 5:17pm

nnual Great Pumpkin Smash event on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Visitors can join Smash-ologists to roll their leftover jack-o-lanterns off the Science Center’s roof. Some will smash, some will splatter, and some will even bounce. It’s an exploration into physics to understand why different pumpkins react to the fall in different ways. A video monitor allows participants to watch their pumpkin’s great smash (or bounce) without leaning over the edge. Spectators can witness the smashing sequence from a safe distance outside the “splash zone” on the ground.

Along with the fun of smashing pumpkins, visitors can also watch some explode. The Science Center’s back lawn will be used to demonstrate how liquid nitrogen can be used to create an exciting pumpkin blast.

Continuing the pumpkin theme, visitors can enjoy pumpkin flavored ice cream during the “Science in a Scoop” show in the BodyStage.

Activities will run from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. rain or shine and are included with the price of general admission. Pre-registration is not required.

For more information on Great Pumpkin Smash and other upcoming holiday-themed events, visit


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