December 12, 2017

Grab Your Lab Coats: 7 Fun Family Science Festivals


My kids love science. My eight-year-old is taking an after-school class called “Science & Magic,” focused on everyday science experiments, and this week they’re doing the Diet Coke and Mentos experiment, which I know the group will love. So naturally, I’m on the hunt for more activities to further their interest in science, and was excited to see the many science festivals that are taking place over the next two months across the country.

Close to me just outside Washington, DC is the USA Science Festival, which kicks off the end of April. They originally found me through Twitter (follow them at @USAScienceFest for updates) and I’m so glad they did since it looks like a fantastically educational event. Take a look at seven fabulous science festivals coming up this spring.

Kid*Vention (Charlottesville, VA): Head to Charlottesville’s downtown mall on March 10 for the Virginia Discovery Museum’s annual science festival, which features plenty of hands-on activities, crafts and games. You and your kids can learn about astronomy, chemistry, environmental science and more at this free community event.

Las Vegas Science Festival: This week-long festival runs April 29 to May 5, and will allow you to go behind-the-scenes to see how science really happens, check out robotics demonstrations, stargaze using special telescopes and make slime. The littlest ones can even play in a science discovery zone.

North Carolina Science Festival: This state-wide event runs April 13-29, offering many opportunities to see spring skies at the planetarium, hunt and identify fossils, learn about forces of nature and much more. Check out the lengthy events calendar and check back since new events are still being added.

Philadelphia Science Festival: The second annual celebration takes place April 20-29, and features a variety of hands-on activities, even a Science Carnival on April 21 with non-stop family-friendly experiments. You’ll also have the chance to meet science superheroes, learn the science behind your favorite music and explore your taste buds.

San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering: This week-long event kicks off on March 17 with a week of hands-on activities that lead up to EXPO DAY, their grand-slam-science-finale at PETCO Park on March 24.  You and your kids can take part in various science activities that involve bugs, light sabers, telescopes, underwater vehicles and more.

World Science Festival (New York, NY): This five-day event runs from May 30 to June 3 and will feature more than 50 enriching science activities. Kids events and interactive exhibits fall mainly on the weekend, and many require a ticket, so get on their e-mail list to be first in the know when they announce the full event schedule.   

USA Science & Engineering Festival (Washington, DC): This huge weekend event comes back to our nation’s capital April 28-29 with plenty of exhibits, stage shows and even a book fair. The 3M Visiting Wizards will feature hands-on experiments on a variety of science topics, as will Allen Kurzweil, author of Potato Chip Science. 

While science festivals take the summer off along with the rest of the school kids, there are some festivals that take place in the fall, including the Bay Area Science Festival (Berkeley, CA) and the Texas Science & Engineering Festival (Austin, TX). 

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  1. You can find out more about science festivals like those described here, at There are dozens taking place in 2012, including in Cambridge/Boston, Seattle, Arizona…so on. The festivals are each really different, but all are great for kids of all ages…whether science enthusiasts or not.

    • Erin Gifford says:

      Thanks, Ben! Great tip! I live just outside DC and am really excited for the festival that’s coming here in April. Such a great way to instill a love of science in children. 🙂

  2. have some fun science education resources which have helped me a lot!

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