Explore the Wonders of Chemistry in Hands-On Workshops

Liberty Science Center and BASF Corporation developed a partnership in 2010 to bring the BASF Kids’ Lab program to New Jersey. Since then, more than 7,200 guests have experienced the wonders of hands-on chemistry at LSC via the BASF 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 Kids’ Lab brings the magic of science to children, parents, and caregivers.

The BASF Kids’ Lab is for children 6-12 accompanied by at least one adult chaperone per 4 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.

Please arrive at the Box Office at least 30 minutes before your session to obtain your admission ticket. Be at the Jennifer A. Chalsty Center (First Floor) 10 minutes before your scheduled lab. Latecomers cannot enter the lab.

2017 Schedule

Saturdays, Sundays, and select weekdays; two sessions per day

12:15 - 1:00 pm
2:15 - 3:00 pm

Jennifer A. Chalsty Center for Teaching and Learning, First Floor

The pHun Factor
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Lemons and vinegar. Bananas and baking soda. What do these weird pairings have in common?
Come explore the pH scale using two very different methods. Do you have a nose for chemistry?

Operation Filtration
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Learn about the process of creating clean water by doing it yourself. Create a sample of dirty water and then try out some interesting processes to clean it up.

The Rainbow Connection
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Is black ink really just made of black dye? Can you create a rainbow by just adding water? Visitors will grab some markers and filter paper and explore the magic behind a colorful chemical process.

Playful Polymers
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Slippery, ooey, and gooey… oh my! Explore how polymers behave using some common household ingredients. The slimy creation is yours to keep.

Happy Hands
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Oil and water do mix. This experiment proves it! 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.

Candy Loves Chemistry
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Just add water, and watch the sweet surprises unfold. From a new spin on chromatography to levitation letters, these experiments are guaranteed to unwrap the secrets of some of our favorite colorful candy.

Sink or Float?
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Dive in and explore what makes matter matter. Create a density column using a variety of household materials and see how some common objects stack up.

Chemistry is Bananas
Saturday, July 29, 2017
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.

A Hair-Raising Experiment
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Explore the chemistry of a product that helps you keep looking your best.
Together, we will observe and compare some interesting properties of matter, such as viscosity.
For the grand finale, create and bottle your very own hair gel.

Keep Cool!
Saturday, October 14, 2017
A brand new lab for 2017

We Dig Soil
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Get your hands dirty, and discover how to conserve and protect some important resources. You’ll be amazed by what crops up.

Clever Foodies
Saturday, November 11, 2017
A brand new lab for 2017