Science, magic at Whatcom Museum's Family Activity Day


Science and magic combine this weekend for another of the Whatcom Museum's special programs.

A "School's Out: Celebrate Summer Magic" family activity day features science demonstrations, crafts and magic shows from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at the museum's Lightcatcher galleries, 250 Flora St. Admission is $3, free for museum members, and includes access to the entire museum, including the Family Interactive Gallery and the new "Radical Repetition: Albers to Warhol" exhibit, which explores recurring imagery in art since the 1960s.

"It's kind of a playful, novel and inventive event," said Chris Brewer, museum educator and public programs coordinator. "It's timed to be when school's out and into our 'Radical Repetition' exhibit, a fun and interesting exhibit."

Magic shows by magician Brady Ramsey are scheduled for at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. A representative from The Spark Museum of Electrical Invention in Bellingham will offer electricity-related demonstrations designed to thrill young minds.

"They're bringing their electronic magic stuff, including the magnet drop and an Edison cylinder," one of the earliest ways of producing and recording sound, Brewer said, noting that the magnet drop is an amazing demonstration of magnetic power.

"Even if you know your physics, it's kind of hard to explain," Brewer said. "They're never dull."

Watch an impressive video that illustrates the magnet drop at YouTube:

Art projects planned for the family activity day include optical illusion art, themed to connect to the "Radical Repetition" exhibit, making abstract art more accessible to children, Brewer said.

"It has bright colors and simple themes, but can be wonderfully complex," she said.

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