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MessFest at the Science Museum of Virginia is June 25

The Science Museum of Virginia is celebrating the messiest (and most fun!) parts of science in a new summer kick-off festival, MessFest, noon to five, Saturday, June 25.

Guests are encouraged to put on their play clothes and get ready to blast, splash, splatter, and pop as they experiment with slime, explosions, bubbles, and more. With messy areas to explore including a Slime Zone, Bubble Zone, Splash Zone, and Blast Zone, the only question is: Where to start?

From slingshot painting to running across oobleck slime, MessFest activities will kick off at noon. Guests can launch water balloons from a giant trebuchet, create bicycle-powered spin art, play with air cannons, and compete in a racing challenge. Museum scientists will blast ping-pong balls into the air and create massive eruptions, revealing the science behind these explosive chemical reactions.

The festival includes food trucks, music, and fun for the whole family. From bursting smoke bubbles to sticky Mentos geyser eruptions, guests of all ages will enjoy making a mess at MessFest (in the name of science, of course).

MessFest is included with Museum admission. Museum admission and a Dome Feature are $18 with $1 discounts for ages 4 to

12 and 60+. Visit or call 804.864.1400 for details.

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