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Buffalo Museum of Science presents Messfest

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Tue, Mar 14th 2017 07:00 am

On Saturday, March 25, the Buffalo Museum of Science proudly presents Messfest. The venue will have everything ooey, gooey, sticky and fun. Guests are invited to make a mess, and staffers will clean up the rest!

New this year, the museum will be open with extended hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Support for Messfest is provided by Northrop Grumman and Grand Island Waste Management. 

In addition to special extended hours, the museum will present a new "Messtacular!" stage show. Meet "Professor of Mess" and experience the messiest of science experiments, including: elephant toothpaste, Mentos fountains, liquid nitrogen explosion and the Bernoulli toilet paper shooter. Each show is approximately 40 minutes in length and priced at $5 for non-members and $3 for members. "Messtacular!" performances will take place at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. 

The official Messfest "Pie in Your Face" experience will be open throughout the day. Guests will be able to "pie" a friend or family member and walk away with bragging rights.

In addition, guests are invited to get creative with a "Fling Shot Mural." Staffers will have paint to launch at the Messfest mural, which is ideal for even the littlest scientist to enjoy.

The "Messy Oobleck Trough" will be up and running throughout event. This gooey, sticky fluid has the properties of both solids and liquids. Slowly dip your hand into oobleck and it feels like a liquid, but squeeze the substance and it feels solid! 

Guests will also enjoy good, clean fun at the "Shaving Cream Chaos" station. Create chemical reactions and watch as household glue changes before your eyes at the "Polymer Slime Station."

Visitors can challenge themselves to build a tall structure out of dried spaghetti and marshmallows at the "Spaghetti Tower Challenge." Make a mess in the classrooms, watching the mess glow under an ultraviolet light; reassemble clay tiles to solve ancient mysteries at the "Pottery Put Together" station; and dig up, investigate and explore (artificial) worms in the large worm troughs.

Make-and-take activities will include the "Strawberry DNA Smash," where visitors will make their own strawberry DNA necklace by smashing berries and mixing liquids; and "Splatter Hats," where guests can design their own beautiful disaster.

"Splatter Hats" have a materials fee of $7 for non-members and $5 for members. Pre-registration is recommended, but not required.

Special guests from the Buffalo Zoo will also join in the messy fun. Docents, keepers and critters will present "What's the scoop on poop?" 

Admission to Messfest is included with general museum admission and free for BMS members. Guests may save time in line the day of the event and purchase Messfest event tickets, "Messtacular!" stage show tickets and "Splatter Hat" sessions in advance. 

Admission to the Buffalo Museum of Science is $11 for adults ages 18-61, $9 for seniors ages 62 and up, $9 for military members and students, $8 for children ages 2-17, and free for children under the age of 2. Admission also is free for museum members. 

The Buffalo Museum of Science is located at 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo. For more information, call 716-896-5200 or visit www.sciencebuff.org.

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