BASF's Kids' Lab


Explore the wonders of chemistry in hands-on workshops!

Liberty Science Center and BASF Corporation developed a partnership in 2010 to bring BASF's Kids’ Lab program to New Jersey. Since then, more than 9,800 guests have experienced the wonders of hands-on chemistry at LSC via the Kids’ Lab. Families become immersed in the adventure of science through interactive hands-on learning and each lab experience supports standards-based chemistry curriculum and multiple learning styles. In addition, this flexible method of delivery encourages focused discussions on technical and scientific careers in chemistry, and science in general. BASF's Kids’ Lab brings the magic of science to children, parents, and caregivers.

The Kids’ Lab is for children 6 – 12 accompanied by at least one adult chaperone per four children. Participation is FREE with paid LSC admission or membership. Reservations are recommended and must be completed by noon of the day before each workshop. Call 201.253.1310 to make a reservation or visit the Box Office in person on your visit to the Science Center.

BASF's Kids' Lab sessions are at 12:15 pm and 2:15 pm. Please arrive at the Box Office at least 30 minutes before your session to obtain your admission ticket.

2019 Schedule

Feb. 2: Chemistry is Bananas!

What do you have in common with a banana? Put on your gloves and goggles in order to get the answer to this question. You will be rewarded with a firsthand look at an amazing material that makes all life possible.

March 2: Hold Everything!

Don’t cry over spilled anything! Join us while we explore some interesting absorbent materials. Experiment with some household products before exploring an amazing chemical with a noteworthy property.

April 6: Freshwater pHun

Can you determine if a stream is healthy and clean just by looking at it? Join us and uncover how our behaviors and habits affect the health of our water supply.

April 23: Playful Polymers

Slippery, ooey and gooey… oh my! Explore how polymers behave using some common household ingredients. Your slimy creation is yours to keep.

May 11: Happy Hands

Oil and water do mix in this experiment! Understand the key role emulsifiers play in a popular body product. Apply this knowledge while mixing up your very own hand lotion that is yours to keep.

June 2: Keep Cool

How can you keep your favorite snacks and drinks cool and safe? Join us in the lab to take on this tricky temperature challenge.

July 2: Candy Loves Chemistry

Just add water, and watch the sweet surprises unfold. From a new spin of chromatography to levitating letters, these experiments are guaranteed to unwrap the secrets of some of our favorite colorful candy.

Aug. 24: Hold Everything!

Don’t cry over spilled anything! Join us while we explore some interesting absorbent materials. Experiment with some household products before exploring an amazing chemical with a noteworthy property.

Oct. 19: Candy Loves Chemistry

Just add water, and watch the sweet surprises unfold. From a new spin of chromatography to levitating letters, these experiments are guaranteed to unwrap the secrets of some of our favorite colorful candy.

Nov. 9: Clever Foodies

Why are fruits and vegetables colorful and healthy? Find out more in this culinary course!

Dec. 14: Energy Loves Produce

Can potatoes tell time? Can lemons light up? Stop by and find out how electricity can be generated using some popular produce.

Dec. 24: Playful Polymers

Slippery, ooey and gooey… oh my! Explore how polymers behave using some common household ingredients. Your slimy creation is yours to keep.

Dec. 26: Candy Loves Chemistry

Just add water, and watch the sweet surprises unfold. From a new spin of chromatography to levitating letters, these experiments are guaranteed to unwrap the secrets of some of our favorite colorful candy.

Dec. 27: Rainbow Connection

Is black ink really just made of black dye? Can you create a rainbow just by adding water? Visitors will grab some markers and filter paper and explore the magic behind a colorful chemical process.