Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A Girl's Dreams of Becoming Wonder Woman!

A little girl with a super powered dream!


When I took my daughter on her first trip to the comic book store, she was blown away. As soon as she walked into Samurai Comics, her eyes grew as wide as saucers, as she scanned the walls and corridors filled with comic books! Those first steps brought her face to face with with a world of wonders, imagination, excitement, and adventure!


After spending quite a bit of time looking through various comics, she finally settled on her first books. Clutching her Megaman and Teen Titans to her chest, she walked up to the register with a huge grin of delight. Then, the employee handed her a flyer and told her to make sure to come back for Free Comic Book Day.

FREE COMIC DAY?!

She read through the flyer with excitement, occasionally shouting out what we could expect to see there. Ghostbusters! Superheroes! Free comic books! More free comic books with a library card, cans of food, or if you dress up in your own costume! There would even be a costume contest where the first prize was something from Lego!!! This girl was beyond excited and it was awesome!

For the next few days, she alternated between wanting to dress up as Robin, The Flash, or Batman. Finally, she ran into the living room with an excited, "I've GOT IT! Mom, I'm going to dress up as Wonder Woman!!!"

She drew a diagram of the outfit she wanted to make, and labeled it with the materials she would need. Once she calculated the expense of her project and matched it to the budget I gave her ($25 or less), we were off!

Then... she made something completely amazing.




She made this incredible Wonder Woman costume all by herself!!! While she was working on it, I took notes on her steps and have turned them into a tutorial you can follow below:

KATIE'S SUPER AWESOME DIY WONDER WOMAN COSTUME!


Materials Needed:

White poster board
Ruler
Fabric measuring tape (preferred, regular measuring tape will work too)
Pencil
Scissors
2 rolls of gold, glittery duct tape
1 roll of white duct tape
Red floral spray paint (we used Design Master in Holiday Red, that we purchased at Michaels)
Metallic gold craft paint (acrylic, in a color similar to this)
Red and white felt sheets
Rubber bands
Brads (we used star brads and painted them with nail polish)
Hot glue gun
Small phillips screwdriver

Thrift Store Items:
Red Tank Top (we bought ours at walmart for $3)
Blue skirt
Belt
Braided rope belt
Black boots


Making the crown


1. Use the tape measurer to measure the circumference of your head. Use your ruler to mark out these measurements on your posterboard. Make sure you also measure your desired heigh of your crownt! Katie used a separate piece of paper to test this out and then we were able to cut it down until she was satisfied.

2. Divide your circumference into 3. Make three light marks on your crown outline on the posterboard. The second third will be where the peak of your crown will be.

3. Cut out your two crown pieces and wrap them in gold duct tape!

4. Glue the peak to the back of the crown. Now it's time to work on your star emblem!

5. Draw out your desired star on your posterboard. Make sure it's large enough to be seen in the center of your crown! Cut out your star. You'll be using this as a template for future costume pieces.

6. Trace a star on to a piece of red felt. Cut it out and use hot glue to secure it to the center of your crown's peak.

(Optional: We used red glittery nail polish to paint our star brads to secure Wonder Womans's armor. Do that now, and let them dry while you're doing the next step!)

7. Using your phillips screwdriver, make a small hole near the ends of your crown. You'll want the holes to be about a 1" away from the edges. Poke your brads through and secure them. Then add hot glue to make sure they'll stay in place.

8. Secure a rubber band around one of your brads. Now when you put your crown on, you can fasten it to your head with the rubber bands! To fasten, simply loop the rubber band around the other brad.


Making the gauntlets



9. Measure the length of your forearm, from approximately 2" below your elbow to your wrist. Mark out this length vertically on your posterboard.

10. Measure the circumference of your wrist, marking the length at the bottom of the mark on your posterboard. Then measure the circumference of your upper forearm. Mark this measurement at the top of your posterboard markings. Connect the measurements, making a sort of trapezoid on your posterboard. When you cut this out and bend it over your arm, it should fit just about perfectly!

11. Cover your arm bands with gold duct tape. Bend them over your arm again until they retain a bent shape.

(Optional: We used red glittery nail polish to paint our star brads to secure Wonder Womans's armor. Do that now, and let them dry while you're doing the next step!)

12. Take your small phillips screwdriver and poke two holes 1" away from the edges of your gauntlets. One hole should be near the top, the other should be near the bottom. Then do the other side of your arm band. Repeat the process for your other arm band!




13. Poke the brads through the holes, and use the same process you did for the crown to secure them in place.

14. Trace two stars on your red felt. Cut them out and secure one to the center of each arm band, using hot glue to keep in in place. Now you're done!


Making the chest plate and skirt!

15. Take your red tank top, and measure from armpit to armpit. This will be be the base of your chest plate. Then measure the width of the neckline, which will be the top of your chestplate.

16. A simple google search for "Wonder Woman Chestplate Template" will yeild plenty of designs for this piece of armor. Katie decided that she wanted to make her own, so she drew out a design on her posterboard. She made sure that the length and height corresponded with her measurements, and that the dip in the "W" and the eagle were in the true center.

17. After finishing your Wonder Woman design, cut it out! Cover your chestplate in gold duct tape, and use plenty of hot glue (we used a stick and a half!) to secure it to the tank top.


18. Now it's time for the skirt! Using your star piece from earlier, trace out several stars on your piece of white felt. Use hot glue to secure these in a flag pattern on your skirt. That's it!


Making the belt and the Lasso of Truth!


19. Lay out your belt, and think about how big you want your diamond armor piece to be. Measure the width and height and mark it out on your posterboard.

(Note: Katie made sure to mark out where the belt would run through the back of her armor piece. This way, she could make sure that both peaks would stick out as far as she wanted them.)




20. Cut out the armor piece and cover it with gold duct tape.

21. Use the star template to cut a star from your red felt and secure it to the center with hot glue.



22. Now it's time for the belt and the Lasso of Truth! Using your metallic gold acryclic paint, paint one side of your braided rope belt/lasso and let sit to dry.

23. While waiting for the side of your rope to dry, take your belt and cover it with several strips of gold duct tape.


24. Paint the other side of your braided rope belt and let sit to dry.

25. Use the screwdriver to open the belt holes back up so you can fasten it later.

26. When the braided rope/lasso is comletely dry, roll it into a lasso shape and secure it in place with hot glue.

27. Make Belt Loops! When Katie went to put her belt on, she found a rather unpleasant surprise. The duct tape made the belt too thick to go through the belt loops! So, you may need to make new belt loops with your posterboard. Paint them gold and secure them to your belt with hot glue. Make sure they are long enough to make a big enough space for your belt to fit through!


Making the boots

Once the belt and the Lasso of Truth were completed, it was time for the final piece of her costume.. the boots! Now, we had done some research on the best way to make these boots. Professional cosplayers recommended using a multi purpose floral paint for fake leather (pleather) boots. So, we went to Michael's and bought some multi purpose floral paint, in Holiday Red.


28. This really needs to be done in a well ventilated area. Take an old blanket or crafting table cloth, and bring it outside. Then, break down any boxes you have and lay them around outside of the blanket to catch any over spray. If you're doing it near your house, lean cardboard against the sides of your house to catch for overspray too.

29. Shake the can of spray paint vigorously! Then using several applications, spray a light coat of paint evenly over your boots. It dries fast, so you're able to do another coat within a minute or two.

Katie and I took turns spraying light coats of spray paint and within about a half an hour, her boots were finished!


We were really pleased with how they turned out! Not only was the color perfect, but the texture of the boots was amazing! It didn't feel like we had spray painted them at all. It felt like we could have picked these up at a store and brought them home just like this! The boots were still relaxed and comfortable to handle and wear.


30. Let your boots dry for 24 hours before going on to the next step. 

31. Now it's time to add the white duct tape to finalize the armor pieces! For this, measure your desired length for the peak of the armor plating. Then measure out a triangle on you posterboard and cut out the template.

32. Tape 2 long pieces of duct tape together, putting the sticky sides against each other. Repeat this step so you have two long pieces of material to work with.  Then take another piece of duct tape and connect those together, essentially making a large rectangle.

33. Trace the triangle out on the duct tape and cut it out. Repeat all of these steps to make the armor plating for the second boot.


34. Secure the armor in place on your boots! Katie used hot glue to secure the armore peaks to the top of the boot.

35. Meausre the length of the boot from top to bottom, allowing a relaxed curve where the boot curves to the foot. Cut a matching length of white duct tape. Cut THAT in half, legthwise. Now you'll have both stripes for your boots!



NOW YOU'RE FINISHED!!!!

Katie was ecstatic when she finished her boots! Now her whole costume was finally completed!!! She ran into her room to put it on, and I handed her my favorite red lipstick as her special finishing touch. Then I walked outside so she could surprise me....

Her costume looked INCREDIBLE!!!


All of that time was so very well spent and this kiddo was super proud of her Wonder Woman costume. She did such an amazing job, and I am so proud of her! She spent a good half hour doing the coolest Wonder Woman poses on our driveway, and couldn't wait to take it out and show it off to her friends!


The next day was the kickoff to Free Comic Book Day weekend, as we headed off to the library for their super hero extravaganza! Katie was the talk of the room as she talked comics with kids and comic book authors alike. She met with the amazing cosplayers of the Justice League Arizona and had a great time with the likes of The Flash, The Green Lantern, and The Joker!


The next day brought the moment we had both been waiting for... It was Free Comic Book Day at Samauri Comics!!! The dream that started it all! Free Comic Book Day, dressing up in costume, and entering the costume contest! She was bouncing with excitement and couldn't wait to get there!


Katie was in comic book heaven as she perused the free comic books, scoring extra books for her amazing costume, and for showing her library card! We bought some extra comics for ourselves, and walked out of there with fifteen comics total! She had an AMAZING time. And of course, she entered the costume contest...

AND SHE WON!!!!!



She totally won the $25 Lego gift card, and now she can finally buy her own Lego set!!! She was SO thrilled, and so very proud of herself! This was something that started out as an idea in a comic book store, and she completely brought it to reality with her hard work, dedication, and perseverence through trouble shooting. I am SO proud of her and so impressed with her amazing costume making skills!


Now that she reached her goal of making it to the SamaruiComics costume contest, and to the library's Free Comic Book Day Eve extravaganza... she's got a new stage in her mission....

Tracking down the grown up Wonder Woman! She's been trying to find her during her comic bok excursions, and we'll continue to be on the lookout! When she does find her, she wants to talk shop about cosplay and ask her some questions about The Justice League...

So, we'll be making our way to Phoenix Comicon! I'm sure we'll find Wonder Woman there! We'll see how it goes. In the mean time, GREAT JOB KATIE!!! You're super awesome!!!





Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Dress Up Like The Stars With Baby Teith!

This giveaway has been CLOSED! Please check out the stellar space clothes of Baby Teith, and the launching of their kickstarter, featuring astronaut skirts and dragon scale clothes!

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Photo by Joseph Maddon
My friend Tiffe Fermaint is an award winning runway fashion designer, and she makes the COOLEST clothes ever for kids! She and her husband Keith Walker started their company Baby Teith after their daughter was born, when she was trying to find awesome baby clothes, but was having trouble finding things that fit their tastes. So, Tiffe decided to start making them herself! And what are the tastes she couldn't find clothing to fit for?

SPACE CLOTHES.

Tiffe's company makes space and science fiction themed clothing for kids and they are awesome!!! She operates out of Phoenix, both sewing and printing her clothing line locally, and she even donates a percentage of her sales each month to the No Kid Hungry campaign!

So far, her designs have been mind blowing. One of my favorites can be found on her Etsy store; she has this incredible moon onesie, along with a matching infant hat and leggings, all with an actual print of the moon on them! With sizes going from infant all the way up to 6T, you could dress you baby, your toddler, AND your kids up like the moon!


Or, if shooting for the stars is more your style, she has headbands, leggings, and hats, with prints of nebulae on them! There are tons of amazing prints to choose from, and they're all ethically made with environmentally friendly ink and organic cotton. Oh, and also, she has some of these styles available for adults too, so you and your kids could dress up in matching moon and stars clothes!!!


While her etsy store is filled with incredible designs (seriously, there are so many amazing things in there!), it's what her kickstarter has to offer that got my attention! Showcasing their newest clothing line, their kickstarter aims to fund their ever increasing production. Incredibly, Tiffe has been making all of these clothes herself, and as their business has grown ever larger, they're needing to look into manufacturing! Being able to source US manufacturers will allow them to produce more clothes at a faster pace, and allow them to grow their business in other ways too.



But what excites me the most about their kickstarter, are these amazing clothes! Like this incredible astronaut skirt and rennaisance cape. I mean, this is just gorgeous! I would love to dress up my baby girl in a nebula onesie, astronaut skirt, moon hat, and a rennaisance cape. This is just the cutest thing! Not to mention those adorable little dragon scale pants and star trek inspired shirt!

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Photo by Joseph Maddon

These dragon inspired skirts and rennaisance outfits are just adorable! It is absolutely incredible that Tiffe has not only thought of these gorgeous designs, but has been making them herself and turning these ideas into such a successful business! I'm so proud of her and her family, for taking an idea like this and bringing it into such stunning reality!

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Photo by Joseph Maddon

GIVEAWAY CLOSED!!!!

So, to celebrate their successes and the launch of their kickstarter, I'm partnering up with Baby Teith and hosting a giveaway of these stunning moon leggings (Size 0-24 m or 2T - 6T) and a matching moon hat!




All you have to do is leave a comment with something you love about the universe, and you're entered to win!
You can either comment below, or on the post on our facebook page! The winner will be chosen at random on Friday, May 22nd, 2015. So go check out Baby Teith and their amazing science themed gear, check out their kickstarter, and enter here to win these amazing moon leggings!

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Photo by Joseph Maddon



HAPPY EXPLORING!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Kitchen Chemistry: When Jello and Science Collide!

Candy you make yourself, from Japan!

Recently, my husband signed me up for a monthly snack box subscription from Japan. Every box contained strange and wonderful delights from shrimp flavored snack chips to cotton candy with pop rocks! One of the most interesting snacks was this Create-Your-Own dolphin candy, which came with ocean character molds, a scenic ocean background, and all of the ingredients and tools we would need to put it together! Essentially, we were given chemistry in a box, and our result would be candy!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Liquid Gold Project - Monitoring Mother's Milk!

Monitoring mother's milk through ages and stages!

As some of you may know, our family of science awesomeness expanded over Christmas, as I welcomed our newest daughter Maizy Zinn into the world!

Hello World!

So of course, once I got settled into life as a parent of a newborn, I immediately started planning a science project...

While I was pregnant, I knew I would want to breastfeed after she was born. I knew that breast milk contains a ton of vital nutrients, and that the composition of the milk changes over time to meet the demands of a growing baby. I wondered... what would my milk look like under the microscope? It would be SO cool to see something that I made to feed my baby, so close like that! Further, I wondered, would I even be able to notice any changes if I looked at it again in the future?

Enter The Liquid Gold Project!

I decided that I would take a scientific approach to my curiosity and closely monitor my breast milk every month. I would carefully document my findings by photographing each sample, making sure to note any color filters used on the microscope**. I also wanted to compare it with formula, since we had been supplementing since birth with one or two bottles per day.

**Additional notes can be found at the end of this post pertaining to the colors of the photos.

With this first installment of The Liquid Gold Project, I'll be comparing the breast milk produced for my 2 1/2 month old infant, with the Similac Advance that we had previously used for supplementation.

Keeping in mind that breast feeding and formula feeding are sensitive topics for new moms, this post will be inherently supporting all moms who are feeding their babies. I want to celebrate how awesome it is that we all have and love our little babies, yet I also want to maintain an unbiased, scientific approach to the differences between breast milk and formula.

So, without further ado...

Breast Milk Under The Microscope!

It really IS Liquid Gold!
Well, the light shining through it is! This is unfiltered light shining
through the specimen on my American Optical microscope.

I took advantage of the opportunity of being a nursing mom, to do something I've been wanting to do for a long time... put my breast milk under the microscope! What I found was a veritable gold mine of water, fat, white blood cells, bacteria, protein chains, amino acids, enzymes, and more. Of course, in the above picture, you can't see many of these things as they are far too small! What we can see are water droplets, fat, and a smattering of white blood cells. Still, this was amazing! This nutrient packed goodness was something I made, and it was incredible.

When I saw this picture, I immediately shared it with my group of close mommy friends. From there, it made its rounds on Facebook with everyone from individual moms to huge breastfeeding support groups sharing this photo! It even got picked up by trendy blogs like Cafe Mom's The Stir and Mommy Page! Suddenly, there were moms all over the world, taking pride in the incredible things our bodies can do. I mean, we grew babies, brought them into the world, and now we can feed them! And we did it all from scratch! It was amazing to feel so empowered and to share these feelings with so many people!

After looking at breast milk under the microscope, I wanted to take a look at formula as well. We had been supplementing since birth, and I was really curious to see how it compared at a microscopic level.

Formula Under the Microscope!

Using the same lighting and same microscope, this is a look at infant formula!

What I found was fascinating! Instead of the uniformed structure found in breast milk, I saw tiny particles that seemed to have been broken down into smaller chains. I also found quite a few little solid clusters of formula that wouldn't have been noticed by the naked eye, but were apparent under the microscope. These happened regardless of how I prepared the samples (swirled, shaken, or stirred)!

What's The Difference?

To me, these samples looked very different from each other. I was curious as to why that was, so I did some research to find what each food is made of. What I found was equally fascinating! I spent a long time looking through research articles so I could understand what components make up breast milk and formula, but even more than that, I wanted to understand what these things do. I've listed the composition of both breast milk and formula below...




Breast Milk Nutrient Content:

Fats (Neurological development, energy, tissue growth)
Lactoferrin (mainly in colostrum, these proteins work to prevent the survival and growth of bacteria, viruses, and fungi - essentially immune system machines for newborns!)
Antibodies and White Blood Cells (these are the defenders of the immune system!)
Proteins (These are used for cellular function, immune system function, structural function (tissues!), metabolism, and more! Some of these proteins are really cool. Three of them, when introduced to stomach acid, unfold, and bind to form a protein complex called HAMLET which kills tumor cells!)
Carbohydrates (provides energy for all bodily functions)
Vitamins (A, B1, B2, B6, B12, D, and iodine)
Minerals (calcium, phosphorous, sodium, potassium, iron, zinc, and more)
Sodium Chloride (helps nerves fire messages along the body, helps intestines absorb nutrients, helps balance water and acids in the body)
Potassium Chloride (helps nerves fire messages off in the body, maintains integrity of cell membranes, vital for brain functions)
Immunoglobulin A (a very important antibody present in the mucus linings of our body responsible as a first line of defense )
Urea (carriest waste and deals with water absorption!)
Uric Acid (antioxidant and electron donor!)
Creatine (creates ATP, which is a nucleotide used by cells for energy. ALL CELLS use this)
Creatinine (creates energy for muscular and neurological functions)
Amino Acids (these are used to build proteins!)
Nucleotides (these are the building blocks of DNA!)
Sugar complexes (including Oligosaccharides, which are complex sugar chains. These are ONLY found in human breast milk - nowhere else in nature!)
Bacteria (as many as 600 different strains, aiding in digestion and other bodily functions!)


Formula Nutrient Content:

Proteins (used for cellular function, immune system function, structural function (tissues!), metabolism, and more!)
Fats (in the form of vegetable and fish oils - for neurological development, tissue growth, and energy)
Cows Milk* (processed to reduce casein content (a complex protein chain that in large quantities, is difficult to digest) and increase whey content to make the ratio more similar to human milk)
Linoleic Acid (an omega-6 fatty acid, essential for cognitive development)
Vitamins (A, C, D, E, K, B1, B2, B5 B6, B12, Iodine)
Niacin (assists in metabolism of cells, and removal of toxins from the body)
Folic Acid (assists in producing and maintaining new cells, also assists in retaining purity of DNA and helping to prevent mutations which may cause cancer)
Minerals (calcium, zinc, magnesium, copper, iron, phosphorous)
Sodium Chloride (helps nerves fire messages along the body, helps intestines absorb nutrients, helps balance water and acids in the body)
Potassium Chloride 
(helps nerves fire messages off in the body, maintains integrity of cell membranes, vital for brain functions)
Carbohydrates (provides energy for all bodily functions)
Nucleotides 
(these are the building blocks of DNA!)
Emulsifiers and Stabilizers (these break down fats into smaller pieces and prevent the separation of oils and water in the forumula)
Diluents (a filler, usually a form of skim milk, or water in milk free formulas)

*In cases of milk allergies, some infants may use soy milk, hydrolized, or amino acid based formulas instead.

As I read through the research articles linked above, I found that breast milk contains a plethora of nutrients that change not only according to the age of the baby, but also by the time of day, the mother's surrounding environment, her genetics, her pre-existing bacterial colonies, and of course, her diet. Breast milk contains nutrients that are synthesized directly from chemical reactions within the body, as well as antibodies and proteins that can be found nowhere else in nature!

Infant formula contains nutrients that are added to provide as close of a match as possible to the nutrients that are found in breast milk (and are often very successful!). While it lacks some of the components that breast milk contains, research is under way on how to include even more! Currently, research is being done on the benefits of adding probiotics to formula, in an attempt to match up to some of the bacterial benefits of breast milk.

There were some other interesting things that I saw in the formula as well. No matter how I prepared the samples (by shaking, stirring, or swirling the powdered formula into warm water), these air bubbles could be seen.

This unaltered image of Similac Advance For Supplementation under the microscope
shows the presence of small clumps of solid formula
as well as microscopic air bubbles.

I found that shaking the formula yielded the largest bubbles, while stirring and swirling yielded smaller bubbles. The presence of air bubbles have been suggested to cause increased discomfort and digestive issues with babies. However, there are products on the market and methods of preparation that can possibly help.

These air bubbles were produced by shaking the formula to mix it.

All in all, it was fascinating to get such a close look at what I've been feeding my daughter! The breast milk truly looks beautiful under the microscope, and I am still blown away by the fact that I MADE THIS! It's incredible, what the components of breast milk do for a baby. From the building blocks of DNA, to firing messages off along her nervous system, to providing a unique bacterial metropolis inside her body, as well as a first line of defenses against foreign invaders, this incredible nourishment we provide is as incredible as it is invaluable. It truly is Liquid Gold!

In regards to formula, science has come a long way in its understanding of what our babies need to grow and flourish. Research continues to this day on how to incorporate beneficial bacteria, vitamins, and additional proteins and amino acids into a baby's diet. We still have more to research, and there are some things that will only be found in human breast milk, but we're improving all the time and our babies are much better for it!

No matter how we do it, feeding our babies is a wonderful bonding experience. We're all moms out here, trying to do what's best for these little people we love the most. Moms of the world, take pride in this beautiful unique substance you have created. Be proud of the science that has your back and is constantly striving to add more and more vital goodness to your baby's body and brain!

We should all take a good look at ourselves and know that no matter how we feed our babies, we ALL are working hard to nourish them with nutritious food as well as our mother's love, and for that we are amazing.

Moms, and Dads...

WE ROCK!


**All of the pictures in this post were taken with my smart phone, through the eyepiece of my American Optical microscope. There is no color filtration added either digitally, or with color filters on my microscope. The color differences, as best as I can tell, occurred while I was taking the photos, by moving the phone away and closer to the eyepiece of the microscope.


Thursday, February 5, 2015

It's the Grand Opening of the Halle Heart Children's Museum!


The American Heart Association's Halle Heart Children's Museum is hosting its Grand Opening this weekend in Tempe! Until recently, the Halle Heart Museum has only been open for school groups and organized field trips. However, thanks to a grant from Tempe-based Insight, Inc., this weekend marks the kick off of the Museum as it opens its doors to the public at large!

So, what is the Halle Heart Children's Museum? Well, it's an interactive, hands on museum, dedicated to teaching kids all about the heart, how it works, how it compares to the organs of other animals, and how we can take care of one of our most vital organs!


You'll find 8 huge sections in the museum, where you can explore the anatomy and mechanics of the heart, how exercise affects the heart, the effects of tobacco on the heart, and more! There is also a spacious theater, where you can see movies about how the healthy choices affect heart health, or how to recognize the warning signs of a heart emergency and how to call for help.


If you want to check out the Halle Heart Museum, here's the info!

Hours:
For the Grand Opening: 
Friday February 6th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday February 7th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Regular Hours
Monday through Friday 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Admission:
$5 for visitors aged 4 and older, free for kids 3 and under. On the days of the Grand Opening, the Halle Heart Museum will be giving FREE admission to those wearing red in recognition of The American Heart Association's National Wear Red Day!

Location:

2929 South 48th Street, Tempe, AZ 85282
602-414-2800


NOTE:

GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED! CONGRATULATIONS "TICKLE"! PLEASE SEE THE REPLY TO YOUR COMMENT FOR INSTRUCTIONS TO CLAIM YOUR TICKETS! :)

In celebration of the American Heart Association and the public opening of the Halle Heart Children's Museum, we're hosting a giveway for four general admission tickets to the museum! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post, with something you or your kids know about the heart. The winner will be chosen at random by Friday, February 6th, at 12:00 pm. These tickets will be good for any visit, at any time!

Of course, if you want to prepare a human heart lesson ahead of time, you can always check out our model of a heart pump, and anatomical model of the human heart. You can also order a dissection kit from Carolina Biological Supply, and conduct your own heart dissection!



HAPPY EXPLORING!






Monday, December 15, 2014

The Twelve Days of Science! Day 12: Marshmallow Explosions!

On the 12th Day of Christmas Science, my mommy made with me...
Exploding snowmen and marshmallow peeps!


For our final project in The Twelve Days of Science, we're taking a look at the science of marshmallows and experimenting with them! We have marshmallow snow people and candy cane peeps and as adorable as these candy critters are, they had better watch out! For we have been concocting some crazy plans of science and these little guys are not long for this world...

Before we get into our science experiments however, we need to take a look at what these marshmallows are made of! Consisting primarily of sugar, water, and gelatinous proteins, the molecular structure of these confectioner's delights is mostly open space. Essentially, marshmallows are made of fluffed up sugar water and held into place with gelatin. This allows them to have their puffy texture, keep a consistent shape, and have that sweet taste that many of us enjoy.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Halloween Science: Goblin Eggs!

It's about to get messy in here!

Halloween is my favorite time of year and it's a great time for science! From sticky slime to shrunken heads, it's a fantastic time to get messy and experiment with the world around you!

One of our favorite science experiments is the Naked Egg experiment. This is one of the first chemistry experiments we ever did, and we love it! The result can be a bit messy, but it's a lot of fun! When I had my niece over for Fall break, we tried it again. Only this time, we gave it a bit of a Halloween twist...