Looking for something to do while the kids are out of school? Head to Fruitcake Science at the Science Museum of Virginia!

science museum of Virginia Fruitcake Science 2Just when you need something fun – and educational – to do with the family, the Science Museum of Virginia comes to the rescue! Every year, for almost a decade, the Museum has dedicated hundreds of hours to the rigorous scientific testing of an elusive and often loathed holiday treat, the fruitcake! You see, the Museum believes this sticky, fruit and nut filled dessert has much to offer in the name of science!

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Visit the Museum December 26 – 30 for their annual holiday event, Fruitcake Science, where scientists will demonstrate the wonder of science and celebrate the holiday dessert you love to hate.

Watch as educators freeze it to -321 degrees with liquid nitrogen and even set it on fire with a blowtorch! (Warning: baked goods may be harmed by these experiments)

Fruitcake fans can even get involved in the action by sending Fruitcakes soaring down a zip line or determine if it will float on water. Guests are also invited to put their taste buds to the test and sample this quirky confection in the Museum’s Boost! kitchen. Additionally, those who are feeling crafty can roll up their sleeves in the Museum’s new makerspace, The Forge, and make felt fruitcake magnets.

The Museum will also have on display its special collection of fruitcakes which include a fruitcake that launched to space and back, one that traveled directly from Buckingham Palace, and a unique Virginia-themed fruitcake baked by former Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Don’t miss sweet science in action! Fruitcake Science demonstrations happen throughout the day, every day from December 26 – 30.

Check the daily schedule at www.smv.org for the detailed schedule of each day’s activities closer to the event. Activities are included with Museum admission, which is $15 for adults, $13.50 for youth and seniors, and $10 for preschool age children. Children 2 and under are free.

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Learn more at smv.org/holidays.