Burpee, Discovery Center offer Halloween fun

If you are looking for a fun, safe and not-too-scary Halloween celebration for youngsters, then look no further than Discovery Center Museum and the Burpee Museum of Natural History.

The musuems are joining forces to host the best party in Rockford for children of all ages from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28.

Grab your goody bag, your flashlight, and come in costume as you trick or treat through the exhibits, create spooky crafts, explore the park in the dark at Discovery Center.

Famous dead scientists will be on hand to amaze you with “dead” science demos.

Following is a rundown of some of the activities available at both locations:

Discovery Center—Make real slime; make glow lights in the dark; play with black lights; follow clues in the outdoor park and solve a mystery; decorate treat bags; meet famous “dead” scientists Carl Sagan and Dorothy Hodgkin and take part in their “Dead Science Demonstrations”; and enter drawings for great door prizes.

Burpee Museum of Natural History—Bring your own flashlight and sneak through three floors of Burpee’s creepy collections; pet live animals and other critters; celebrate the season with live reptiles, insects, pumpkin games and crafts; enjoy seasonal treats; and discover spooky oddballs and eyeballs.

Admission is $5 per person, public; $3 per person, members of either museum. Cost includes admission to both museums and related activities. Parking is free at 711 N. Main St. or 737 N. Main St.

From the Oct. 25-31, 2006, issue

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