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Blow up pumpkins, make potions at Science Mill’s Fun with Chemistry

University of Texas' Fun with Chemistry is presenting a Halloween program at the Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City on Oct. 15. Courtesy photo

JOHNSON CITY — If the idea of blowing up a pumpkin sounds like fun to you and your kids, then the Hill Country Science Mill has something perfect lined up for you.

"It's part of the (University of Texas’) Fun with Chemistry outreach program," said Amber Middlebrook of the Science Mill. "It's a way to get kids excited and interested in chemistry, thinking about it as something they could do as a career."

The Pumpkins and Potions and Ghosts program is Saturday, Oct. 15, at the facility, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane. Kate Biberdorf, a UT chemistry professor, will present the program that features blowing up a pumpkin, creating "magical" potions, and generating a three-story ghost at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.

Biberdor's presentation will last about 30 minutes and give folks a fun look at chemistry. Yeah, it's more than the periodic chart and atoms sharing electrons.

"Her program does a great job of showing kids that chemistry is fun and exciting," Middlebrook said.

The Science Mill will also have 30-plus exhibits and other hands-on activities. Kids can make “monster snow" and “witch's sand" with everyday materials.

Hill Country Science Mill staff will facilitate some of the projects.

"We'll also have our 3D movie," Midddlebrook added.

Admission to the Science Mill is $10 for adults; $8.50 for ages 3-18; free for ages 2 and younger; and, $8 for ages 65 and older and military members. It is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday.

Go to or call (844) 263-6405 for more information.

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