Messy Science All Summer Long!

Grab your goggles and lab coat, and head over to the DCM for some messy science fun throughout the month of July.


Calling all junior scientists! Come experiment with "Sticky Solutions" while testing out different "gooey" concoctions (July 1 - 6); discover the transformative ability of bubbles in "Bubble-ometry" (July 8 - 13); uncover the effects of hot air in "Surging Soap" (July 15- 20); create your own slimy substance to take home during "DIY Slime" (July 22 - 27); and roll up your sleeves to explore the secret behind "Oobleck," our favorite non-Newtonian fluid (July 29 - Aug. 4).


Our "Open Studio" hours throughout July will feature crazy creations using everyday household materials. On different days, kids can make a red, white, and blue masterpiece with explosive firework art, use tape to craft something that really sticks, re-create the funny formations of the clouds, make a colorful collage with tissue paper, and even use recycled materials to construct a cardboard face!


On July 12 & 13, our monthly science-career series continues with "Try Science: Be a Food Scientist." Discover the wonders of astronaut food, conduct exciting kitchen experiments, and extract the iron in your breakfast cereal as you dive into the science behind this interesting career. Then, learn how to make food-themed art and examine the science behind creating your own butter.




***Featured Events***


"$5 Fridays After 5pm" summer series

  • The DCM's "$5 Fridays After 5pm" summer series will have you saying T.G.I.F. all summer long! Now through August 29, the DCM features special extended hours, unique programming, and discounted pricing for guests visiting after 5pm on Fridays. Museum hours on these summer Fridays is 9am – 8pm, with admission starting at just $5 per person after 5pm (DCM Members are free).


"Fun on the Fourth"

  • Bring out your patriotic side for the DCM's "Fun on the Fourth" celebration! Enjoy three jam-packed hours of fun from 5pm-8pm on Friday, July 4, as we celebrate our nation's independence with an evening of awesome science demos that pop, fizz, and explode. At 6pm and 7pm, our patriotic exploding toothpaste demonstration will have you oohing and ahhing as a red, white, and blue foam eruption hits the sky. Then head into the studio to create a "Firework Art" masterpiece or jump across our bubblewrapped floor for a "Bubblewrap Fireworks" experience. After the DCM closes, stick around for the City of Wilmington's annual fireworks display on the Riverfront with family and friends. (The DCM is open 5pm-8pm on July 4, 2014; the Museum will not be open for daytime hours.)



  • Join us from July 22 - 27 as TEACH FLEET sets sail for the DCM. You won't want to miss this display of expertly crafted model ships constructed entirely from Legos! Engage your friends and family as Commodore McKinley teaches our guests all about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).


"STEAMY Summer Week"

  • Full STEAM ahead! Come visit the DCM as students from the Charter School of Wilmington's Science Ambassadors Program and Cab Calloway partner to create a STEAMY Summer Week. From July 22 - July 25, jump into some awesome, interactive activities focused around science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM). With a different theme each day, guests can explore their interests, try something new, and even discover hidden talents.





All programs during normal hours are free with admission (unless otherwise specified), and are subject to possible delay, substitution, and/or cancellation.

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