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Experiment with Slimy, Gooey and Yucky Stuff at Mess-tival During Spring Break at RMSC

    ROCHESTER, NY—Splat, glop, squish – it’s a festival of mess! Visitors to the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) during spring break week enjoy all the excitement of the super icky at the Mess-tival: Slimy, Silly & Gross! weeklong program. The experience takes place from 11am to 3pm on Friday, April 14 through Sunday, April 23 (except Easter Sunday April 16) and features yucky hands-on fun for the whole family with opportunities to create a variety of messes each day.

    Experiments with different gooey substances entertain visitors of all ages as they explore the science behind these messes. Visitors make their own green slime, bury their hands in oobleck, dissect an owl pellet, paint with magnet marbles and so much more. Experts will be on hand to explain why these substances are the way they are. Also, the Carlson Inquiry Room, an area of the museum not typically available to the public, will be open and full of hands-on activities as well as a variety of animals including snakes, lizards and frogs.

    Each day of the program, presentations by the Wildlife Defenders with their live animal ambassadors will take place at 12:30pm and 2:30pm. Animals include regional and exotic birds, mammals and reptiles.

    In addition, special Science Alive activities, which are exciting live experiments with science experts, will take place during the week including Electricity Theater musical lightning shows. Visit for details.

    The Elements of the Extreme exhibition, which is in its final days at RMSC, closing April 23, is also available for exploration. Discover the extreme forms of earth, fire, air and water in an immersive experience featuring an augmented reality sandbox and a hovercraft.

    The Mess-tival: Slimy, Silly & Gross! program is free with regular museum admission: $14 adults, $13 seniors and college students with ID, $12 ages 3 to 18, free for children under 3 and RMSC members. Admission to the Elements of the Extreme exhibition is also free with regular museum admission. For group reservations and rates, call 585.697.1942. Mess-tival and Wildlife Defenders activities will not take place on Easter Sunday, April 16.

    For high-resolution images and additional information, contact Amanda Bayer, Marketing Communications Manager, RMSC at 585.697.1962 or

    Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) includes the Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium and Cumming Nature Center. Offering experiences at the Museum with more than 200 interactive exhibits, Planetarium with a 65-foot dome and Nature Center on 900 acres, the RMSC stimulates community interest in exploration. In addition, the more than 1.2 million RMSC collection items tell the story of Rochester’s past including its rich history of innovation and invention. RMSC receives major funding from Monroe County, where it is one of the top three most visited attractions serving children and families. For more information about RMSC, visit Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.