I’m just about kicking myself right now for not knowing earlier about FIRE-combustion, an interactive exhibit in my own city’s Museum of Science and Industry! Though it’s a bit of a trek from my house, going to see this exhibit would be worth every minute stuck on the smelly, crowded CTA train. At the exhibit you can get your hands dirty (burned?) to “test virtual sources of combustion to see what common and unusual substances can be used to power cars and rockets,” “create colorful fireworks with chemicals that burn in vibrant colors,” and “learn how fires in nature can sometimes be helpful and sometimes harmful” (Museum of Science and Industry).
Pyromaniacs and Arsonists (yeah, that might not be a word…but it SHOULD be!) will experience sheer joy at knowing they can play with fire all while being responsible citizens. Not to mention, if you can control your inner caveman, you might actually learn something. The beauty of this is that it’s both child-and-adult friendly, so you can share in the delight along with your child instead of feigning excitement every time they pick up a germ-infested plastic femur at the local children’s museum. Win-win.
Now please excuse me while I fawn over these other amazing MSI exhibits!