On the 2nd Day of Christmas Science, my mommy made with me…Frosty The Snow-Can! For our second day of science, I wanted to explore something that we desert dwellers don’t get to see very often… frost! I learned that we could explore making frost right in our kitchen, with just some water, salt, and a can! Of course, we also needed to learn a little bit about salt and how it interacts with liquid water, ice, and the freezing points of these materials! But first, let’s the activity!Read More →

On the first day of Christmas Science, my mommy made with me….Candy Chromatography! I’m always looking for a great way to incorporate fun educational activities with what we’re doing, and the holidays are no exception! To that end, we’ve decided to do a feature on The Twelve Days of Science! Every day, I’ll be sharing a new holiday-themed science project that you can do with your kids! We’ll have Santa Sleigh races, we’ll light up Rudolph’s nose, we’ll make fossilized ornaments, and we’ll be growing our own ornament crystals! This is just some of the stuff we’ll be doing, we have so many great thingsRead More →

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I love the holidays! I love taking walks on cool nights, with hot cocoa in our hands and dazzling light displays reflecting our eyes. It’s a time for family, food, and celebration. It’s also a time for gift giving! As I was looking around for awesome holiday gifts for my family, I thought I’d put together a list of some of my favorite toys, games, and microscope to share with you and yours!Read More →

The Giveaway is now closed, congratulations Charise W, Sydney S, and RosaLinda H! Thank you so much for entering and sharing your wonderful stories about exploring the world with your kids! In our house, we have a really great collection of science books, with everything from the Eyewitness books, to various encyclopedias and field guides. The Exploratorium of San Francisco just sent us a copy of their newest book Exploralab to add to our collection and it is fantastic! Not only is it fun to read, but my daughter has adopted it as her own personal science activity book! Whenever she sees it, she flips throughRead More →

As the days start to cool down here in the desert, we celebrate the beginning of Fall by taking daily walks around the neighborhood. We look forward to watching the beautiful colors sweep through the trees and we collect bits of nature to make our Fall collages. This year, we wanted to try something new. We wanted to learn more about Fall and how it happens. Why do the leaves change color? What makes Fall so brilliant and beautiful?Read More →

It’s Steve Spangler Time! Are you looking for ways to inspire curiosity, excitement, and bring out the FUN in learning? Do you want to introduce new experiments and demonstrations to illustrate standard science concepts? Are you looking to have fun with your kids as you explore the sciences of the world, while discovering how it all works? If you want to inspire active learning, while giving your kids a chance to take charge of their own discoveries, then I have something to share with you!Read More →

Last week, I had the thrill of a lifetime as I stood on a stage in a sold out theater and talked about how our curiosity can lead us to the most incredible places. Earlier this year, we had a prime example of this as one question led us from our yard, through our city and into the apiary of a beekeeper, where we became beekeepers for a day!Read More →

What can you do with a cardboard box, wooden skewers, marbles, and hot glue? You can make a pinball machine! Over the summer, our family took a trip to Las Vegas. While we were there, Kat and I went to check out the Pinball Hall of Fame! We had $18 in quarters and a lot of arcade ambition, we were ready to go play some pinball! While we were listening to all of the bells and whistles and watching the cool mechanics of the games, Kat and I thought about how great it would be if we had our very own pinball machine at home. WeRead More →

Here you’ll find information on our field trip to the 40th St Bat Tunnel! For information regarding the 24th and Arizona Biltmore Circle location, click here! Did you know that Phoenix has a colony of about 10,000-20,000 Mexican Free-Tailed Bats, roosting right in the middle of the city? At the 40th Street and Camelback canal, these bats take over the overflow tunnel from the months of May through October, as they take care of their young, hunt for food, and take advantage of the abundant hunting opportunities throughout the summer.Read More →

On Tuesday nights, we head to the Phoenix Public Library to hang out at their Hacker’s Haven maker space. It is so awesome to see that Phoenix is funding these spaces for kids to get together and get creative! Hacker’s Haven is a place for kids, teenagers, and parents to gather and work with electronics. There are people there who can explain how to make circuits, how to use the electronics, and how they work. This is a space for kids to get together, play and invent on their own and with each other, in an environment that encourages hands-on learning and development.Read More →