Create some space-inspired art with shaving cream marbling!

Many of us are trying to live more sustainably, but these days you may be even more likely than before to be handed a plastic disposable cup! Instead of putting it in the recycling bin after you enjoy the refreshment, check to see what recycling number it is - you might be able to shrink it into art!

From budding blossoms to emerging butterflies, the world around erupts in a vibrant spectrum this time of year. Using things around your house we can make colors emerge using a process called chromatography, and just for fun we can turn those colors into stunning butterfly art!

Can you sort salt and pepper that's all mixed together? It's easier than you'd think!

With a few simple supplies and some imagination, make your own night sky of stars and create some new constellations!

See how craters are made and how rocks from deep with the Earth get moved to the surface when a crater is made!

Simulate the way rocks can be studied chemically to find out what they are made of when you make fizzing “moon” rocks!

Straws aren't getting much love these days. But there are some straws that deserve attention — xylem and phloem!

Plants have several really neat methods of getting their seeds out in the wild. It's called seed dispersal, and it can include air, water, animals, and more!

Next time you see a pine cone on one of your walks, consider picking it up. There’s a lot to discover!

It can be difficult to truly see how absolutely amazing insects are because they are seemingly constantly in motion. With just a few things you can make an observation station to get a better look!

Combine art and science with water marbling!

Revealing the wonder of weather — and in this case, vortexes — is something we can all do at home. After you complete this project, you’ll have your own tornado in a bottle!

Disruption can be beautiful! Magic Milk shows us how molecules that we can’t normally see are hard at work and makes some beautiful but temporary artwork at the same time. 

Bring a little rain cloud inside with shaving cream, water, and food coloring!

Meteorologists use a lot of data! You can keep a log of the weather and try to make predictions based on historical data with this #SMOatHome activity.

Evaporation, condensation, preciptation, collection — with just a window, some water, and a resealable bag, you can create your own water cycle!

This #SMOatHome activity is perfect to help a young scientist make observations about the air-quality-improving, wildlife-harboring, beautiful parts of our landscape: trees!

Get out of this world with moon sand!

We’re going to have some temperature swings this weekend — you can make your own weather instrument to measure the atmospheric pressure with just a few supplies like this one that Kirsten, one of our museum educators made at home! 

Happy World Flour Day! Wheat can’t believe we aren’t celebrating this holiday together, but our early childhood educators Candace and Devon cooked up a recipe for homemade play dough so that you can celebrate at home with some chemistry.

Using just a flashlight and materials like a CD, a glass with water and a mirror, a crystal, and glass knick-knacks, we made all sorts of rainbows. If you pick the mirror and glass of water method, you’ll need to have a mirror that can fit *inside* the glass of water.