Orange Crush 2022
OCT 1 - 31

Orange Crush

Ooey-gooey, creepy crawly, utterly smashing science!

WHEN

October 1-31

TIME

Sunday to Thursday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Friday, Saturday and long weekend Sundays: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

COST

Regular Admission (but free for members!)

AGES

All ages

In October, Spark transforms into a Halloween extravaganza to scare, surprise and delight!

Ever held a real eyeball, watched a pumpkin decompose or dip into a tub of fake blood? Explore the gross side of science this October at Spark with Orange Crush!

Expect a few science tricks and a whole lot of tasty treats. And of course, no Halloween at the science centre is complete without an epic PUMPKIN SMASH – check out the outdoor pumpkin catapult for all the gourds, guts and goodies you can handle.

Costumes are welcomed and creativity is encouraged!

WHAT'S ON

  • LOCATION:
  • BRAINASIUM OUTDOOR PARK

THE PUMPKIN SMASH

How many ways are there to smash a pumpkin? Let's find out! Get extra messy in the pumpkin splatter room, and decorate walls with the glorious pumpkin guts.

  • LOCATION:
  • EVERYWHERE

OOEY-GOOEY SCIENCE STORIES

It wouldn't be Halloween without a little bit of potion mixing and experimenting, courtesy of Spark's mad scientists!

  • LOCATION:
  • ATRIUM

ELEPHANT TOOTHPASTE JACK-O-LANTERNS

What happens when you make elephant toothpaste inside of a jack-o-lantern?

Hint: FOAM. EXPLODES. EVERYWHERE.

  • LOCATION:
  • OPEN STUDIO

ANATOMICAL DISSECTIONS

Put on some nitrile gloves, pick a specimen and get gross while learning about anatomy! Science guides will help guests navigate dissections of sheep hearts, eyeballs, earthworms and grasshoppers. Not recommended for those under 10 and parental supervision required.

Sundays – Thursdays: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Fridays – Saturdays: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

  • LOCATION:
  • ATRIUM

BLOOD CELL SENSORY BIN

Learn about the cells that make up blood while playing around in this squishy sensory experience.

  • LOCATION:
  • EARTH & SKY GALLERY

ROTTING SCIENCE DISPLAY

What is decomposition? What conditions make it happen faster? Is there a way to keep a jack-o-lantern fresh for all of October? Find answers to these questions and more!

  • LOCATION:
  • BRAINASIUM OUTDOOR PARK

PUMPKIN SPLATTER ZONE

Get messy while smashing pumpkins in a variety of different ways, and conduct splatter analysis on fake pumpkin blood adorning the walls. Recommended for ages 12+.

  • LOCATION:
  • SPARK EATERY

FOOD

Stomach growling? Quiet that roaring monster by heading to the Spark Eatery for some Halloween favourites!

  • LOCATION:
  • INSPIRATION STAGE

CREEPY CRAWLERS

Scorpions, tarantulas and spiders, oh my! Georgia Blum (aka Lady Buggy) will be at Spark with some creepy crawlies for you to peek at. Don't get the heebie-jeebies!

  • LOCATION:
  • OPEN STUDIO

GELATIN BRAIN SURGERY

Pretend to play surgeon with a squishy gelatin brain using “real” surgeon tools, then learn about brain development and how role-play and experimentation will help cerebral cortex’s grow!

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