Mess Fest, a Science Center tradition is a gooey, yucky slimy time for kids Jan. 2


MessFest, Carnegie Science Center’s one-of-a-kind tradition to kick off the New Year with a very messy – and very fun – start, is back!

Carnegie Science Center is breaking out all of its slimiest, yuckiest, and gooiest activities for MessFest 2017 on Monday, Jan. 2. This is the 10th annual MessFest celebration.

While MessFest has historically been held on New Year’s Day, the Science Center will be closed Jan.1 due to the Steeler’s Game at Heinz Field.

MessFest features hands-on activities that are available only on this special day. From 10 a.m.-5 p.m., visitors of all ages are invited to experiment and enjoy as the Science Center turns its four floors of exhibits into a messy playground. It’s fun for the whole family and, best of all, parents don’t have to clean up after their kids.

Visitors are advised: You will get messy, so whatever you do, don’t dress up! Gooey-substance-turned-solid-turned-liquid Oobleck returns as a fan favorite. The Egg Zipline activity invites visitors to engineer a package for raw eggs that will protect their “egg-stronauts” as they are sent hurtling toward the Science Stage. Kids can become messy artists with finger painting and compete in a pudding “pi”-eating contest.

Other activities include making prints with bubbles, do-it-yourself face paint, and making hand prints at Highmark SportsWorks®.

Along with the activity tables, visitors can experience explosive reactions and high-energy, grossly entertaining programs in the Science Center’s three demonstration theaters: The Works Theater; the BodyStage, presented by Allegheny Health Network; and the Science Stage.

MessFest activities are included with general admission to the Science Center.

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


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