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Explorit Event Ends Summer with a Blast

This article appeared in the August 21, 2015 edition of the Davis Enterprise.


By Lisa Justice

Special to the Enterprise


Explorit’s Final Blast festival is back for a third year on Sunday, August 30. Send summer out with a bang with this day full of explosive family fun!


You won’t want to miss the Explosive Chemistry Show presented by the U.C. Davis Chemistry faculty while you picnic in Mace Ranch Park. Pack your own picnic, or pick up a snack from one of our fabulous food vendors like Roos’ Café or the Hotdogger. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Explorit.


But that’s not all! Citrus Circuits will be on hand with a robotics team demonstration. The Davis-Explorit Astronomy Club will host a safe solar viewing. And Davis Makerspace will inspire your DIY creativity.


Don’t miss your chance to cruise around the park on one of Peter Wagner’s Whymcycles, or catch a live falconry demonstration by Karl Kerster. The exploding watermelons will also be back this year. Take a turn adding rubber bands and tension to help us get closer to an explosion!


Plus, we’ll be celebrating the grand opening of our new Nano Mini-Exhibition from the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network, with support from the National Science Foundation! Be among the first to try out some brand new hands-on activities about the smallest science around, or relax with a book for a few minutes in our new nano nook.


Nano is an interactive exhibition that engages family audiences in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. Hands-on exhibits present the basics of nanoscience and engineering, introduce some real world applications, and explore the societal and ethical implications of this new technology. If you’ve ever attended NanoDays and wished for more, now’s your chance to get a first look!


Tickets for Final Blast are $5 for children ages 5-10, and $10 for adults and children 11 and up. Children 4 and under are free for this special event. Your ticket purchase is tax deductible. Get your tickets online at, and don’t miss this exciting, end-of-summer science celebration!


Explorit would like to thank all our partners for their help in making the day so special: the Chemistry faculty of U.C. Davis, Citrus Circuits, the Davis-Explorit Astronomy Club, Davis Makerspace, The Hotdogger, falconer Karl Kerster, Peter Wagner and his Whymcycles, Roos’ Café, and volunteers from Davis Aggie Lion’s Club and the Davis Rotaract Club.


Explorit’s coming events:


  • Explorit’s Exploration Gallery 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. Come check out the new “Our World in Water” activities!
  • Interested in helping out the community through board membership? Explorit is currently seeking individuals in the community to serve as members of our volunteer board. Please call or email for additional information on how to apply.
  • 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.



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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