The grossest events at the Edinburgh International Science Festival 2013

The grossest events at the Edinburgh International Science Festival 2013

Delight your kids with the smelliest, gooiest, messiest events from this year's programme

Getting kids interested in educational activities is not the easiest task in the world, but we’ve found it helps if you make things sound as gross as possible. The boffins at the Science Festival know this too, and have created five events designed to make your stomach churn – and your darling little ones’ faces light up with glee.

Dr Bunhead’s Poo and Goo Show

Television’s infamous ‘stand-up scientist’ returns with a gross-out show featuring fart-powered rockets and the world’s biggest bogey.
George Square Theatre, Sat 23 & Sun 24 Mar.

Pongy Potions

Chemistry event in which kids get to create the worst smells possible before turning their hands to sweet-smelling perfumes. In that order, hopefully.
City Art Centre, Sat 23 Mar–Sat 6 Apr (not Mon).

Dung Days at the Zoo

Identify animals by their droppings and find out what the Zoo does with all the mountains of poo it produces. Our money’s on sledging.
Edinburgh Zoo, Mon 25–Thu 28 Mar.

The Blood Bar

Daily drop-in event where you can create your own scabs and blood clots and even touch a real heart. They had us at ‘create your own scabs’.
City Art Centre, Sat 23 Mar–Sat 6 Apr.

Splat-tastic

Another chemistry outing, this one allowing you to create your very own slime and then test its viscosity and stickiness using the festival’s patented ‘Splat-o-Meter’.
City Art Centre, Sat 23 Mar–Sat 6 Apr (not Mon).

Dung Days

Learn all you could ever want to know about zoo poo with talks on animal diets and digestion, recycling, composting and organic gardening throughout the day.

Pongy Potions

Learn about the science of smell, from noxious odours to love potions. Ages 7+.

Splat-tastic

Children's workshop where they can make their own slime, then test it for stickiness and bounce! Ages 5+.

The Blood Bar

Mix up your own blood sample at the blood bar, take a journey through a vein and even get the chance to touch a real heart. Ages 8+.

Dr Bunhead's Poo & Goo Show

Explore the messier side of science with Dr Bunhead – the things they won't teach you at school! Discover fart-powered rockets, massive bogeys, the world's fastest chips and lots more.

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