Hub and Special Activities

Activities for 2017 are currently being developed. Below is a sample list of past activities. Please check back on Thursday, May 18th, 2017 for more information. If you are interested in sponsoring an activity, please visit our Hub Activity Registration page.

Hub Activities 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

  • Art from Nature

    Children create their own artwork or decorate a greeting cards from nature (using materials such as leaves and flower blossoms).
  • Custom Motorcycles/Airbrushing

    Display of custom built motorcycles and airbrushing - with an engineer at work!
  • Fire Truck and Fire Extinguisher Trainer

    A real fire engine is put on display. The Fire Department also has on hand their Fire Extinguisher trainer.
  • Fun in the Sun

    Fun interactive activities, sure to get kids moving and smiling all in one!
  • Hands On Snakes

    Meet and hold pet corn snakes and ball pythons.
  • Something to Sprout About

    Children can "Spread the Green" by planting a seed.
  • Water Density

    Exploring the density of fresh water vs. salt water. How does the difference in densities of salt water vs. fresh water effect the buoyancy of objects?

Science Room Activities (426) 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

  • DNA from Food

    Children extract DNA from food using common household items. Possible food items might include bananas, strawberries and peas.
  • Make Your Own Slime

    Make your own slime to take home!

549 Lobby 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

  • 4th Annual Children's Book Swap

    Visit the Scientific Library in Building 549 during the day and take home some FREE BOOKS! We encourage children to bring in books from home that they no longer need and swap them for some "new" books to read. Even if you don't have books to swap, you can still come in and take home some FREE BOOKS!
  • Air Rockets

    Children will be able to make a paper rocket and launch it.
  • Braille Workshop

    Sponsored by the Employee Diverstity Team (EDT), staff assist children in making Braille name tags.
  • Get Inside a Scientist’s Head

    Picture yourself as a scientist! Scientific Publications, Graphics & Media staff will help you get “inside” a scientist’s head. Get your picture taken, but with a twist—your head on a scientist’s body! Your picture will sent to your parent or guardian within 24 hours.
  • Puzzles @ the Library

    Escape the heat, visit the Scientific Library, and challenge yourself to a puzzle! We will have jigsaw puzzles of various levels of difficulty available throughout the day. You can also try to "puzzle out" the amount of sugar in popular drinks by playing our matching game.
  • R.E.A.D. Therapy Dogs

    R.E.A.D. dogs are therapy animals that are trained to sit quietly while children read aloud to them. The dogs create a safe, non-threatening environment for reading, so children gain confidence in their reading abilities.