$99 for Summer Day Program, Afterschool Program, or Kids' Birthday Party from Mad Science (Up to $200 Value)

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Entertainment and education collide as students build a robot, explore the animal world, or throw a birthday bash

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Expires Jan 9th, 2013. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Subject to availability and minimum enrollments. Summer programs valid for children ages 4-15. In-home birthday parties valid only within select areas. Travel fees may apply for in-home birthday parties. Reservations must be made by calling the Northampton location. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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$99 for Science-Themed Summer Day Program, Birthday Party, or Afterschool Program for Kids (Up to $200 Value)

During the awesome activity week, students don a complimentary T-shirt and get busy building a robot, performing a real forensics test, or crafting inventions from basic materials. Each activity week consists of five days of three-hour programs; see the schedule for dates and locations.

The afterschool program sparks the joy of learning through 8–12 weeks of activities. Though the current curriculum has yet to be announced, past offerings have included All About Animals, Living in Space, Stunt Planes and Gliders, and Movie Effects. Not all classes are scheduled at every location; find out what is available in your area on the registration page.

The mad science party entertains up to 15 children on location or at the Northampton Adventure Lab (rental or travel fees may apply). During the party, kids participate in a hands-on science project, such as concocting their own slime or putty. Additionally, a science expert will perform for one hour before handing out a complimentary goody bag and poster to the birthday child as well as a science activity that each kid can practice at home. Experiments might harness static electricity, infuse everyday water with an unearthly glow, or set solid objects floating across nothing but a column of air. Mad Science takes care of everything from setup to cleanup and offers optional add-on shows such as a cotton-candy lab and dry-ice experiments. Parties at the Northampton Adventure Lab also include a hovercraft ride for each child and hands-on, interactive activities with electronic or magnetic gadgets.

Mad Science

Beginning with two brothers, a neighborhood full of spectators, and a helium-neon laser, Mad Science today deploys entertaining educators around the world to inject hands-on science programs with an element of fun. Nearly five million children annually enjoy accessible lessons, which may take the form of a weeklong summer day program or a birthday party that explains the physics of the Earth's revolution around the guest of honor. Schools host afterschool programs every year, which may include a NASA-approved astronomy series, a Rube Goldbergian introduction to simple machines, or an exploration into the science of toys. Living up to their promise of melding education and entertainment, Mad Science's experts have teamed up with scientists of screens large and small to produce live stage shows such as Star Trek Live, CSI: Live, and Movie Magic.

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