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What’s the Matter? (Solids, Liquids, and Gases)

Grades PreK-2 | Explore the states of matter by comparing and contrasting solids, liquids and gases. Do hands-on experiments about liquid density and chemical reaction. Learn about polymers and make slime to take home.

  • Museum & Science Center
  • Inquiry Room Investigation
  • Pre K, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade
  • Physical Sciences

Inquiry Room Investigation 

Get ready to melt, freeze, and get vaporized as you explore the states of matter with everyday substances. Build a liquid density tower, learn how humans can manipulate the states of matter and create phase-shifting chemical reactions. Break the laws of physics and make non-newtonian slime to take home!

In-person capacity may be limited in compliance with public health guidelines in effect on the day of your visit.

NYS Standards:
  • P-PS1-1 Ask questions and use observations to test the claim that different kinds of matter exist as either solid or liquid.
  • K-PS1-1 Plan and conduct an investigation to test the claim that different kinds of matter exist as either solid or liquid, depending on temperature.
  • 2-PS1-1 Plan and conduct an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties.

How To Book

  • Call: 585.697.1942

  • Reservation Lead Time: At least 3 weeks

Need More Information?

  • Contact: Guest Services
  • Phone: 585.697.1942


When Is It?

  • Days Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Start Date: 09/07/2022
  • End Date: 06/22/2023
  • Program Length: 50 min.
  • Earliest Start Time: 10am

Who Should Attend?

  • Grades: Pre K, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade
  • Minimum Attendance: 8
  • Maximum Attendance: 25

How Much Does It Cost?

  • $10 per person; PLUS: $5 Additional per person charge; 1 free adult with every 5 students; RMSC Member Adults free

    In-Person Lunch Fee: $30 per classroom needed, students required to bring bag lunch or pre-purchase café lunches at $7/person
  • Minimum Student Charge: 15 students