Dabble in Science in Dubuque

Visitors are encouraged to don their costumes for their day at the museum in Dubuque. Just try not to get pumpkin guts on them. Photo: Courtesy of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.

Smashing pumpkins? That’s for amateurs. This Sunday, you can detonate pumpkins during Mad Scientist Fun Day Oct. 30 at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque.

The messy experiment will be just one of the day’s highlights for kids and families, along with “creature feature” programs at the aquarium and trick-or-treating through the museum. Bonus: You can learn about all that candy during a screening of the BBC documentary “Inside the Factory: Sweets.”

Of course, the Smithsonian-affiliated museum and aquarium are worth a visit anytime you’re in Dubuque. The mix of temporary and permanent exhibits features the ecology and history of the mighty Mississippi, which flows right outside.


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