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Science Center, chemists look at ‘joy of toys’

| Tuesday, October 18, 2005 12:00 a.m

Carnegie Science Center, in conjunction with the American Chemical Society’s Pittsburgh chapter, will celebrate National Chemistry Week on Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This year, National Chemistry Week’s theme is “The Joy of Toys,” focusing on the materials toys are made of, toy safety, and toys that involve chemical reactions.

Volunteers will perform hands-on activities, demonstrations, and theater-style shows throughout the two-day celebration, and PPG Industries, Inc. will present “Reactions in Action!” in which visitors will experience the spectacles science can make possible using everyday reactions.

Details: .

Youth programs open house set

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh will host a Youth Programs Center open house on Thursday and its version of “Lights On Afterschool”–part of the sixth annual nationwide series of rallies showing support for afterschool programs.

The celebration from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. will bring together participants, their families, community organizations, local business leaders, educators and other officials, and the Museum’s Youth Puppet Troupe will perform. Art activities, prizes and refreshments will be available.

The museum is located at 10 Children’s Way, Allegheny Square, North Side.

Details: 412-322-5058.

Creative Play group sets family outings

The Center for Creative Play in Regent Square is sponsoring family gatherings every weekend this month.

Families can bring their children for pizza and activities from 6 to 9 p.m. this Saturday and next Saturday. Other activities scheduled at the center:

  • Storytime and art, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday
  • Scavenger hunt, at various times on Thursday
  • The children’s educational play center is hosting the special activities in honor of its 10th anniversary this year. For a calendar of events, visit . The center is located at 1400 Braddock Ave.

    For details, call 412-371-1668.

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