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It’s time to get messy kids! This is not the type of mess that gets dragged through your house, or your car. This is the type of mess that can only be found at The Museum of Science. Messfest to be exact. This is the event where kids are allowed to get as messy as they want, because it’s all in a controlled learning environment.

The Official Messfest “Pie in your face” experience will be open throughout the day.

Not only are children encouraged to interact with all sorts of messy creations, they are also invited to attend the Messtacular! stage show, featuring the “Professor of Mess”. Kids will get a kick out of all of the science experiments, including science experiments such as elephant toothpaste, mentos fountains, liquid nitrogen explosion and the Bernoulli toilet paper shooter! Messtacular performances will take place at 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, and 4:30pm. Each show is approximately 40 minutes in length and priced at $5 for non-members and $3 for members. Support for Messfest is provided by Northrop Grumman and Grand Island Waste Management. 

We’ll have everything ooey, gooey, sticky and fun; you make the mess and we’ll clean up the rest!

On top of everything else, attendees will be able to “pie” their friends and family members, or zing some paint at the wall with the Fling Shot Mural. Then there’s the bizarre Messy Oobleck Trough, which feels like liquid one moment, and then a solid a moment later. Don’t miss the Shaving Cream Chaos station or the Polymer Slime station because they are both as mesmerizing as they are fascinating. 

Visitors will challenge themselves to build a tall structure out of dried spaghetti and marshmallows at the Spaghetti Tower Challenge.

After experimenting with messy glow in the classrooms, head on over to the Pottery Put Together station where guests will decipher clay tiles and explore artificial worm habitats in the worm troughs. Last but not least there’s the Strawberry DNA Smash necklaces and the Splatter Hats, which are both a fashionable riot. Splatter Hats have a materials fee of $7 for non-members and $5 for members. Pre-registration recommended but not required.

Docents, keepers and critters from the Buffalo Zoo will present ‘What’s the scoop on poop?’


Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Buffalo Museum of Science

New this year, the Museum will be open with extended hours from 10am – 6pm. 

Admission to Messfest is included with general Museum admission and FREE for BMS Members. Guests may save time in line the day of the event and purchase Messfest event tickets, Messtacular! stage show tickets and Splatter Hat sessions in advance. 

Admission to the Buffalo Museum of Science is $11.00 for Adults ages 18-61, $9.00 for Seniors ages 62+, $9.00 for Military & Student, $8.00 for Children 2-17, free for Children Under 2 and free for Museum Members.  The Buffalo Museum of Science is located at 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14211 and for more information, call 716-896-5200 or visit

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