Bring your jack-o-lantern for pumpkin-smashing hijinks at Discovery Center. Explore ways to launch, crack, split and smash your pumpkin using the power of simple machine science like levers and pulleys. Used jack-o-lanterns will become parking lot projectiles when catapulted from our giant trebuchet built with a 400 pound counterweight. When the launching ends, pumpkin pieces will be collected and fed to local livestock. For extra fun, build your own mini catapult, play pumpkin games and craft fall creations. Dress for the weather since we’ll be outside. Sponsored by Sjostrom & Sons and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
Admission: Museum + outdoor activities $10/person and free to Members and all children ages 1 and younger.