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Get Dirty with Gross Science During Upcoming Spring Break Program at RMSC

    ROCHESTER, NY—It’s a festival of mess! Visitors to the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) during spring break get more than their hands dirty at the super icky Mess-tival: Gross Science weeklong program. The experience takes place from 11am to 3pm on Friday, March 25, Saturday, March 26 and then Monday, March 28 through Sunday, April 3 and features yucky hands-on fun for the whole family and the opportunity to create a variety of messes each day throughout the week.

    Experiments with different ooey, gooey and yucky substances entertain visitors of all ages as they explore the science behind these messes. As they stink up the RMSC, guests make edible poop (eew!), slime boogers, fake blood and other disgustingly delightful messes on each themed day. Guests also explore the wide world of germs with fun activities involving their own hands!

    Also each day, live presentations by the Wildlife Defenders will take place at 12:30pm and 2:30pm. The Wildlife Defenders Program is a wildlife education outreach group that is part of Bridges for Brain Injury, Inc. As part of their rehabilitation, members share details about live native and exotic animals, birds and reptiles. In addition, special Science Alive activities, which are exciting experiments with science experts, will take place from Saturday, March 19 through Sunday, April 3—a full two weeks to accommodate the various school districts’ break weeks. Visit for details. The live Frogs: A Chorus of Colors exhibition, in its final weeks at RMSC, is also available for exploration.

    The Mess-tival: Gross Science program is free with regular museum admission: $13 adults, $12 seniors and college students with ID, $11 ages 3 to 18, free for children under 3 and RMSC members. Admission to the Frogs: A Chorus of Colors exhibition, on display through April 10, 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, March 27.

    For high-resolution images and additional information, contact Amanda Bayer, Communications Specialist, 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.