Sizzling Science

Step out of the cold and into the science of all things hot!

Throughout the Museum
Included with Admission
All Ages
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It may be cold outside, but the science is really heating up inside the Science Museum.

We're turning the tables on winter and cranking up the heat on discovery with some extra activities to really fire you up about heat! Check out details below to find out how you can get hands on with daily explorations of all things hot!

See Daily Demos in the Barbara Thalhimer Theater

Check out daily fireworks demos at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to learn about the science of combustion. And watch our rats work up a sweat each day at 1:30 p.m. as they put operant conditioning to work on the court in our Rat Basketball demo.

Uncover the Secrets of Desert Survival in the EcoLab

What are deserts and why do they form? What special adaptations do plants and animals need to survive in extreme heat? Meet real animals, do experiments, and observe different plant adaptations as you learn about deserts and the adaptations living things have to survive in extreme heat.

Get Creative in The Forge

Polymers and heat make things shrink! Make your own homemade Shrinky Dinks and watch as they magically warm up and shrink down.

Beat the Heat in the Challenge Lab

Learn about the urban heat island effect and ways we can mitigate it. Then design and build and add to our communal “cool city.”

Experiment in Boost!

What makes hot peppers hot? Are you bold enough to taste test a few flavors? And how can water and heat crush a can in seconds? Step back and watch science at work!

Discover Space Volcanoes

Earth isn’t the only celestial body that's tectonically active!  Explore a solar system of volcanoes on Science On a Sphere each day at 2:30 p.m. From the largest ever discovered to ice volcanoes on Neptune’s moon, this will be a wild temperature ride.

The Dome schedule for the week is still taking shape. One thing's for sure: we'll show Volcanoes- The Fires of Creation daily. We kind of have to, right? Check back in December for the final schedule.

Sizzling Science programming is included with regular Science Museum admission. Tickets for December admission will be available soon.