Off the Hill with Tricia Swenson: Freaky fun comes to Walking Mountains on Saturday with Fright at the Museum | VailDaily.com

Off the Hill with Tricia Swenson: Freaky fun comes to Walking Mountains on Saturday with Fright at the Museum

It's time to release your inner mad scientist! Walking Mountains Science Center invites youngsters to visit their wacky laboratory filled with peculiar potions and explosive experiments on Saturday with their Fright at the Museum event.

Halloween typically centers around the sweet treats obtained while traveling around the neighborhood. Bite-sized treats will be replaced with nuggets of knowledge as kids get to participate in experiments conducted in a fun atmosphere.

"We find that kids retain a lot more if they are a part of the lesson," said Lara Carlson, community programs director. "Hands-on learning allows kids to make their own discoveries and frame their own understanding about how things work."

From making your own slime to learning about the dynamics of density, Walking Mountains always sneaks fun into learning. In true Frankenstein fashion, they'll even let you create your own monster by assembling "body parts" from various animals to construct a new type of beast.

Although many masks and hats will be worn during this event, one type of hat for all to wear is one of an environmentalist. Walking Mountains will not only host this event at their LEED platinum-certified campus, but also invites everyone to make this event as sustainable as possible. Carpooling, walking or biking to the event is encouraged, as is bringing your own water bottle. Their Green Team will be on site to help spread the sustainability message.

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In its fourth year, Fright at the Museum has become a very popular event, so plan to buy tickets in advance. Limited tickets will be sold and can be purchased at http://www.walkingmountains.org/spooky.

If you go …

What: Fright at the Museum.

When: Saturday, Oct. 22; 3 to 6 p.m.

Where: Walking Mountains Science Center, Avon.

Parking: Parking will be limited, so please carpool, walk or bike.

Cost: $15 per person, children 3 and younger are admitted free.