Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Kids Witness Experiments ; cMoe Hosts Monster Mash Pumpkin Bash

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Kids Witness Experiments ; cMoe Hosts Monster Mash Pumpkin Bash

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Frankenstein's toothpaste fizzled, but the snot congealed and the grimacing head melted into noxious ooze. The first experiment underwhelmed, but the last two demonstrations Saturday earned escalating choruses of "oohs," "ahs" and "yuks" from the score of diminutive superheroes, cartoon characters, princesses and other costumed characters at the 11 a.m. Mad Scientists's Lab program in the Koch Family Children's Center's Monster Mash and Pumpkin Bash.

Emily Endress, the museum's education director, wrote off Frankenstein's Toothpaste after the concoction of hydrogen peroxide, liquid dish detergent, food coloring and live yeast failed to foam as it was supposed to.

"That's how science works, sometimes," said Endress, dressed in a white lab apron, pink Tshirt, bright yellow rubber gloves and a blue, magenta and yellow fright wig. "Sometimes the experiment fails. It looks like Frankenstein's going to have gross breath for a while,"

Moments later, however, Endress and her assistant wowed their costumed audience with more gross science. The room erupted children's exclamations as the team mixed borax, water, Elmer's glue and food coloring into a viscous polymer goo Endress called "snot," inviting her audience to touch it, afterward.

The show stopper came at the end, when Endress pulled out a head- shaped, plastic foam wig form with a grimacing, scarred and stitched face drawn onto it.

"He's evil, so we're going to melt, him," she said. Then she pressed the head into a bowl of acetone, where it slowly dissolved, leaving behind only a mucus-like solution Endress dipped up with a spoon.

The show was part of the children's museum's annual Halloween celebration, but the focus on gross fluids and dissolving head fit right in with the regular interactive attractions in the "Live Big" gallery. The second-floor exhibition normally invites visitors to crawl into a giant nostril and through a monumental nose, pull eight yards of rubber intestine from the belly of a statue replica of the Venus de Milo and press their own noses to a Mystery Stink Hole to smell sweaty socks. …

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