Hub and Special Activities

The hub location offers an open are where participants can enjoy a variety of educational (and entertaining) activities without having to register for a specific time period. Children do not need to register for specific activities, but they do have to register for the event. To register your child, go to the child registration page.

  • Hub Activities

    • Air Rockets

      Come build an air rocket and see how high you can launch it!

    • ART through SCIENCE

      Children will create their own T-Shirts using permanent colorful markers. With spray bottles they will spray rubbing alcohol directly on their T- Shirts and the running of the colors in the fibers will create a tie dye looking T-Shirts

    • Children's Book Swap

      Gently used children's books will be available for free to any child participating in Take Your Child To Work Day. Stop by the Scientific Library in Building 549 and select some books to take home and read. If you wish, you can also bring in some of your own children's books that you no longer need and add them to the collection for others to read.


      Stop by the Scientific Library anytime during Take Your Child To Work Day and help decorate our Book Tree! The Library staff has created a tall tree out of old indexes and added white lights for a festive touch. The only things missing are decorations. We invite anyone to drop in to the Library in Building 549 and make a decoration for the tree. We will supply the materials, and you bring your creativity. When you are finished, you can hang your masterpiece on the tree.

    • Fort Dertick Fire & Emergency Services

      See what it's like to be a firefighter and do some firefighting with our flame knock down display. Check out our cool equipment and fire truck/engine. *display subject to change due to weather and staffing

    • Fun in the Sun!

      Fun interactive activities, sure to get kids moving and smiling all in one!

    • Get Inside a Scientist’s Head

      Picture yourself as a scientist! In this Hub activity, 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!

    • Interactive Augmented Reality Sandbox

      Using an interactive augmented reality sandbox to simulate terrain and weather conditions, students will be able to learn about natural hazards and hazard mitigation in a fun, hands-on educational session.

    • Jigsaw Puzzles for All!

      Take a break during Take Your Child To Work Day, stop by the cool Scientific Library in Building 549, and work on some puzzles! We will have different levels of jigsaw puzzles available for anyone to try during the day. Work your brain cells while resting and cooling down from all the physical activity of the day.

    • Nitrogen Ice Cream

      Watch what happens when liquid nitrogen meets cream and sugar.

    • Polymers "Gak"

      Use of glue, water, borax, and food color for the children to make their own "Gak" to take home. Substance acts like a liquid under pressure but appears to be a solid = Polymers

    • R.E.A.D. Therapy Dogs

      Come to the Scientific Library in Building 549 during Take Your Child To Work Day and interact with a R.E.A.D. Therapy dog! The "Reading Education Assistance Dogs” program encourages young readers to read aloud to trained dogs, thereby improving their reading ability, fluency, and confidence. Three dogs will visit throughout the day: 9-11, 11-1, and 1-3.

    • Rescue Rules

      Opt to Adopt, Awareness Helps Save Lives! Come find out about animal rescue and meet some adopted rescues who found their happy forever home after not so happy beginnings!