Halloween fun at Discovery Center, Burpee Museum Oct. 29

Once again, it’s that time of year when Moms and Dads and kids of all ages are looking for a fun, safe and delightfully scary Halloween party for youngsters of all ages. Look no further!!! The Burpee Museum and Discovery Center are teaming up to host the best party in Rockford for children of all ages on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. This annual event is full of fun and educational activities kids will love.

Go in costume, bring your own flashlight and grab a goody bag provided by Old Country Buffet to trick or treat throughout the museum. The “Mad Scientist” Lab with be oozing with finds from Burpee’s collections. Discovery Center is just down the hall where trick or treaters can grab plenty of goodies as well as the chance to make slime, mess with worms, and get glow lights to explore the Park in the Dark. Famous scientists will be on hand to amaze visitors with “dead” demonstrations. This not-too-scary event will be skele-tons-of-fun for the whole family. And, of course, JANE will be waiting to meet everyone!

Following is a rundown of some of the activities available:

Burpee Museum of Natural History

Live animals on the third floor for kids and parents to see, touch and ask questions about;

Folks dressed in Native American garb who will show off artifacts and tell stories in a true replica of a wigwam;

A special glow-in-the-dark display;

Trick or Treat through all three floors of the museum;

Receive a ribbon for best costume by category;

Check out the “Mad Scientist Lab” where you will see specimens and oddities of all kinds;

Discover spooky oddballs and eyeballs; and/or

Stick your hand into the gooey, slimy bucket.

Discovery Center

Treat or treat through Discovery Center;

Make your own slime that glows in the dark;

Mess with worms;

Create monster fingers that write;

Explore the park in the dark;

Meet famous scientists who will amaze you with “dead” science demonstrations;

Enjoy Carl Sagan, host of a “spirited” planetarium show; and/or

Check out the spooky moves of Dance Reach, performing throughout the evening.

Admission includes entrance and all activities at both museums. Cost for non-members is $6 per child, $4 per adult, and cost for members is $4 per child, $2 per adult. Parking is free at 711 N. Main St. or 737 N. Main St. This un-scary event is fun for the whole family.

From the Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 2005, issue

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