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Celebrating Birthdays with Science

This article appeared in the November 14, 2014 edition of the Davis Enterprise.


By Lisa Justice

Special to the Enterprise


What do cabbage juice, hydrogen peroxide and dish soap have in common? They all played a role in helping a local six-year-old celebrate her birthday at Explorit recently!


You too could celebrate your birthday with one of Explorit’s Super Birthday Party packages. With four hands-on science topics, there’s birthday fun for everyone!


Investigate the magic of chemical reactions with our Magical Chem-Mysteries party! We’ll dive into the states of matter with cornstarch, glue and more while we learn about non-Newtonian substances. We’ll create and observe a variety of chemical reactions from getting stuff to stick together to making things change color!


Or you could blast off into outer space with our Starry Science party, an out-of-this-world adventure! Build a telescope and learn what different stars are made of. Or study the constellations and design one of your own. It’s stellar!


Our Fascinating Fossils party will turn you into a paleontologist as you use brushes and picks to excavate bones and shells. Explore a variety of real fossil specimens and make a fossil of your own to take home!


Become a real party animal with our animal-themed Slither, Leap and Hop party. Discover how scientists sort animals into groups like mammals and reptiles, and enjoy a few four- and six-legged guests at your party as Explorit’s resident animals come out to meet your guests!


Each Super Party Package includes an hour of hands-on activities led by an Explorit educator for up to 15 children, a take-home project for each guest, free museum admission for the whole party and an hour to use a private room for your own party activities. Plus, the birthday child receives a free Explorit t-shirt, and members receive a discount on party fees.


Birthday parties are available Saturday and Sunday mornings, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and other times upon request. Call Explorit at 530-756-0191 to schedule a party or learn more. Add a little science to your birthday festivities this year with Explorit!



Explorit’s coming events:


  • Explorit’s Beautiful World: Science and Art exhibition is open to the public every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m. and every Friday, 3:00-6:00 p.m.  Admission is $5.00 per person; Explorit members, teachers and children 2 and under are free.
  • Interested in membership?  Think your Explorit membership may have lapsed?  Call Explorit at 530-756-0191 to check or sign up!
  • Birthdays are back at Explorit!  Call Explorit at 530-756-0191 for more information or to book your party.
  • Registration is open now for Explorit’s November and December workshops Thanksgiving week, Christmas week and New Year’s week.  For a full list of topics and schedule, visit Hurry, workshops are filling fast!



Explorit Science Center is located at 3141 5th St. For more information call (530) 756-0191 or visit, or “like” us on Facebook at

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