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Third Annual Messtival Promises Bigger Messes

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The Museum of Discovery is devoting a day to making messes at its third annual “Messtival” event, which will be presented from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 19. At “Messtival,” visitors will be able to play with slime, mud, water, foam and more. Even better, guests will not have to clean up their messes. The messy festival will take place inside and outside the museum.
“At Museum of Discovery we know that kids love to make messes and get messy but often are not allowed to do so because of the time and energy it takes to clean them up,” said museum educator and event leader Adam McEvoy. “Messtival gives kids an outlet to make messes but with the added benefit of learning science and leaving the cleanup to the museum staff. It really is the perfect family-friendly event.”
This year, “Messtival” goers can expect a number of activities, including:
Giant Foam Cannon
River Run
Mud Pie Kitchen
Cascading Water Play
Graffiti Room
Sand Painting
Skat Sculptures
Wax Casting
Bubble Mania
Slime Time
Anything but a Paint Brush (painting murals with all sorts of things – but not a paint brush)
Spin Art
Balloon Pop Booth
Human Car Wash
DIY Face Painting
Giant Slip ‘n’ Slide
Exploding Melons
Food Smash
Viscosity Races
Foam Explosions
Mentos and Coke Geysers
McEvoy notes that visitors should wear clothes and shoes that can get messy as well as a change of clothes. There will be cleaning stations available.
“Messtival” is included in regular museum admission ($10 for adults, $8 for children and free for members.) Tickets may be purchased at the door or at
For adults feeling left out of the mess making, the museum is converting its monthly adult program Science After Dark to “Messtival After Dark” from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, May 31. According to McEvoy, the event will contain many of the same activities as “Messtival.” Stone’s Throw Brewing will also sell beer and Damgoode Pies will sell pizza, beer and cocktails. Tickets to Messtival After Dark are $10 or free for members. Attendees must be at least 21 years old.
For more information on “Messtival” or “Messtival After Dark,” visit or call 501-396-7050.

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