Family Time Calendar: Get Out - iVillage

Biology, chemistry and physics lessons on a weekend? You bet! A visit to a science center offers hours of hands-on ways for children to learn these subjects without them even meaning to. Most major cities house a science museum with awesome exhibits about the human body, earth, outer space, the weather, machines, astronomy and even bugs! Lots of museums also have IMAX films and planetariums.

Prepare your budding scientist for the big outing by reading books about subjects that you'll be exploring. The human body and dinosaurs are always crowd favorites. And when you return, try some fun and safe experiments at home:

Salty Soil: Discover how the salt in soil affects plant growth. Place seeds and two cotton balls each into two clear plastic cups. Add a teaspoon of salt to one and water to both. Then watch which plant grows faster.

Light Liquids: Guess which one of these three liquids is the lightest, and then conduct an experiment to find out for sure. Pour 1/4 cup vegetable oil, 1/4 cup light corn syrup and 1/4 cup water into three separate cups. Then add a different shade of food coloring to each liquid. Use a funnel to carefully pour each one into a single glass jar. Wash the funnel between each step. Check out the layers of colors to discover which liquid is the densest!

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