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Snow making, holiday lights, cookie chemistry on tap at Durham museum's lab

Posted December 23, 2012

Learn about the science behind snow, cookies, holiday lights, ice skating and more at the Museum of Life and Science's lab during the holidays.

From Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, the Durham museum's lab will focus on holiday favorites. On Dec. 26 and Jan. 3, for instance, visitors will be able to mix a concoction of water with polymers to make dry snow, wet snow, snowballs and snowmen. When they're done, they can get an up-close look at different crystals using the museum's microscopes and learn about the chemistry of real snow versus fake snow.

Other topics include holiday lights, nanoscience and holiday scents, cookie chemistry, ice skating physics and fighting the flu.

The lab hours are 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Admission to the museum is $14 for adults and $10 for kids ages 3 to 12.

Here's the complete schedule:

Dec. 26: Let It Snow
Dec. 27: Brain Awareness with UNC Bowles Center
Dec. 28: Nanoscience: Exploring Holiday Scents
Dec. 28: Fighting the Flu
Jan. 2: Cookie Chemistry
Jan. 3: Let It Snow
Jan. 4: Ice Skating Physics
Jan: 5: Holiday Lights

Looking for other winter break ideas? Check our winter break guide!

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