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.

BASF's Kids Labs' 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.

2018 Schedule

Saturday, Feb. 24

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.

Saturday, March 17

Let's Make Paper

Newspaper, books, paper towel and cardboard … How many types of paper do you use each day? Where does it all go? Join us on a journey from paper to pulp…and back again.

Tuesday, April 3

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.

Saturday, April 21

Operation Filtration

Learn about the process of creating clean water by doing it yourself. Create s sample dirty water and then try out some interesting processes to clean it up.

Saturday, May 12

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.

Saturday, June 16

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.

Saturday, July 14

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.

Saturday, Aug. 25

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.

Saturday, Oct. 27

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.

Friday, Nov. 9

Clever Foodies

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

Sunday, Dec. 2

pHun Factor

Lemons and vinegar… Bananas an Baking soda… what do these seemingly weird pairings have in common? Come and explore the pH scale using two very different methods. Do you have a nose for chemistry?

Wednesday, Dec. 26

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.

Thursday, Dec. 27

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.

Friday, Dec. 28

Playful Polymers

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