The holidays are upon us and you might have some little (or big) ones that will get a bit stir-crazy. The Science Museum of Virginia has the cure with two special events as well as all the usual fun and learning.
Continuing the tradition of conducting various experiments on the holiday treat everyone loves to hate for nearly a decade, Fruitcake Science returns Dec. 26 – 30. During that week, staff will freeze fruitcake with liquid nitrogen, burn it with a blow torch, drop it into a water tank and more.
Guests can also sample fruitcake baked in the Museum’s “Boost!” exhibit kitchen, make vessels to drop fruitcake down a zip line and create a glowing felt fruitcake in the Museum’s new makerspace, The Forge. Plus, the Museum will put its special fruitcake collection on display, which includes a fruitcake that launched into space and back, one that traveled directly from Buckingham Palace and a Virginia-shaped fruitcake made of all Virginia-grown ingredients baked by former Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
Fruitcake Science demonstrations happen twice a day each of the five days in the Museum’s lab spaces. Guests can check the schedule posted on the Museum’s website for the exact times each day.
Directly following Fruitcake Science, the Museum is sending 2018 out with a bang with the family-favorite Noon Year’s Eve. On Monday, Dec. 31, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. guests who can’t (or don’t want to) stay up until midnight are invited to ring in the new year early. The Museum opens at 9 a.m. so guests can count down to noon with an unconventional ball drop. Starting at 10 a.m., guests can make wearable decorations, wish wands and noisemakers to prepare for the noon-time celebration, then sign a huge resolution banner.
At noon, 2,019 bouncy balls and paper confetti, dropped from a giant sphere several stories above the crowd, will bring the Museum’s rotunda to life so the excited crowd can celebrate the (almost) beginning of 2019. To conclude the event, there is a Bernoulli Blower ping pong ball science demonstration at 1 p.m.
Because of the popularity of Noon Year’s Eve, the Museum is capping attendance at 2,500 this year. Tickets are first come, first served on the day of the event. The Museum is not offering advance ticket sales for Noon Year’s Eve.
Fruitcake Science and Noon Year’s Eve are both free with Museum admission, which is $15 for adults, $13.50 for youth and seniors and $10 for preschoolers between the ages of 3 and 5. Museum members and children two and under are admitted free. The Museum offers discounts for military, teachers and EBT cardholders.
To learn more about Museum events, visit www.smv.org.