Weird (and Really Fun) Science Classes

Kids Science Labs Opens

kids science labs opens!

Parenting is an ongoing experiment. You try a little of this (bribing with lollipops) and a little of that (passing kiddo to Dad and hiding in the shower) and hope it all turns out okay.

When you want to add fun to the formula, figure in a trip to Kids Science Labs in Lincoln Park. The just-opened learning center is where animated teachers in lab coats teach physics, anatomy, and other brainy subjects in ways little Einsteins (toddlers through preteens) can appreciate.

That means silliness, mess making, and good old-fashioned gross-outs. Consider Fruit Smashanomics, a class in which kids learn about the makeup of fruit and the power of gravity when oranges and peaches hit the floor. Or Scab Lab, where students make “blood clots” (dyed red water mixed into paste) to understand what happens when they get an injury.

What’s best, kids get one free trial class. Which doesn’t leave much room for error.

Kids Science Labs, 1500 North Kingsbury Street, at Blackhawk Street (312-846-1426 or kslchicago.com). A one-time membership fee is $40 per child, $75 for up to four kids. Individual classes are $22-$43; a ten-week session is $220-$360.

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When: Wed.-Nov. 18.
Where: Lakeview YMCA, 3333 N. Marshfield Ave., at Lincoln Ave. (773-248-3333); registration info online at ymcachgo.com; Little Beans Cafe, 1809 W. Webster Ave., at Wood St. (773-251-1025); register online at littlebeanscafe.com. An eight-week session is $250-$280.

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Why: Apple cider donuts beg to be brought home.
When: Daily.
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Photo: Courtesy of Kids Science Labs

5006 S Sylvania Ave
bt 1st St & Hwy 11
Sturtevant, WI 53177
Lakeview YMCA
3333 N Marshfield Ave
@ Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
1500 N Kingsbury St
@ Blackhawk St
Chicago, IL 60642
1809 W Webster Ave
@ N Wood St
Chicago, IL 60614
3855 N Lincoln Ave
@ Byron St
Chicago, IL 60613