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Mad Science® Crazy School's Out Science Fun offered on Dec 20, 23, 30 and Jan 9
POSTED: 11/27/2013

Youth ages six to 12 can spend up to four non-school days in December and early January learning about a variety of science-related topics during a new Mad Science® program being offered by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Mad Science® Crazy School's Out Science Fun is the name of the program which is offered at the Prairie Village Community Center, 7720 Mission Road, Prairie Village, when school is not in session on Dec. 20, 23, and 30 and Jan. 9. Each session begins at 9 a.m. and is a separate day-long program covering a different science topic.

The first session on Friday, Dec. 20, is called "Chemical Counting." Participants will explore elements, molecules, and chemicals by stepping into the shoes of a chemist as they learn about chemical combinations, electroplating, and cool color changing reactions. A session on Monday, Dec. 23, is called "Radical Reactions," and give participants and up-close look at chemistry to explore mystery substances, chemical bonding, catalysts, and even their own invisible ink. A session on Monday, Dec. 30, is called "Crazy Chemistry" and will investigate chemical reaction happening around us every day. Young scientists will build crystals, make sidewalk chalk, create bath fizzers and a chromatograph T-shirt and use chemical reactions to create their own ice cream. The final session on Thursday, Jan. 9, is "Junior Engineers." Young engineers will explore out pyramids, arches, inflatable beams, test the strength of eggs, and build bridges and sky scrapers. Participants will also have fun playing games and puzzles with shapes and structures.

The cost for each seven-hour session is $58 per person for Johnson County residents or $64 per person for nonresidents. Participants should bring a sack lunch and a water bottle daily.

To find these programs in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth and then under enrichment & special interests. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “childcare.”

The JCPRD's Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online and for updated program listings, visit the District's website at

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