Discovery Museum hosts annual Spooktacular Oct. 29

Discovery Museum and Planetarium, 4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport will host Spooktacular, a not-so-spooky, family-fun day on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event will feature exotic and slithery creatures, edible bugs, exploding pumpkins, and a competitive Punkin’ Chunkin’ match between teams of area Boy Scout Troops. In addition, there will be interactive storytelling by children's author Karen Hall — known as Ms. Karen to area fans — special mythology planetarium shows, lunar demonstrations on Discovery’s “Science on a Sphere” giant 3-D globe, and a full roster of games like witch hat toss and Halloween crafts round out the day.

With half-price admission for children in costume, activities for all attendees include Slime stations, ooey-gooey sensory boxes, and live “Mad Science” demonstrations.

Curious Creatures of Branford will present cool creatures and their habitats, from furry and cuddly to crawly and slithery. Face painting, temporary tattoos, glow-in-the-dark spider rings, plenty of prizes and Halloween-themed make-and-takes are planned.

“Spooktacular” continues a month full of children’s science events, which commenced with “Explore! Innovate! Play” (attended by nearly 3,000 guests and sponsored by Pitney Bowes and the Pitney Bowes Foundation); included “Aeronautics Day” with drones, kites, RC planes, wind tunnels and flying machines; and will be followed on Election Day with special ‘Kids Can Vote” activities, make-and-takes, and Planetarium shows.

For grown-up science fun, Discovery will present “Harvest Brew Fest: The Science (and tasting!) of Beer” on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 6-9 p.m.

For a full schedule of events, call 203-372-3521 or visit