ACS Kids Zone

Future Events

What: Chemistry Day! 
When: Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
WhereSmithsonian's National Air and Space Museum
600 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560

Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and ACS are hosting a full day of hands-on activities, speakers, and stage demonstrations to teach museumgoers and middle school students about the importance of chemistry, all in the name of National Chemistry Week and its 2018 space theme “Chemistry is Out of This World.” 

RSVP for Chemistry Day on Facebook!

Past Events

Boston Children's Museum

ACS Kids Zone at the 256th National Meeting

Over 700 people attended the ACS Kids Zone on Saturday, August 18 at the Boston Children’s Museum during the 256th National Meeting & Exposition. Attendees conducted 13 different hands-on activities, which were facilitated by ACS members and partners, and included scientists and educators from Beyond Benign, Dow Chemical Company, MIT Museum, Museum of Science, and Science Storytellers with C&EN.

To see more photos of the day's event, visit our Facebook page ACS_Outreach.

Volunteer and girl at uv bead station at March for Science

ACS Kids Zone at the March for Science

On Saturday, April 14, 2018, ACS joined the March for Science and other organizations on the National Mall in Washington D.C. for global teach-ins and science festivities.

During the event, nearly 400 people visited the ACS Kids Zone. Children participated in hands-on activities geared towards the 2018 CCEW theme, "Dive into Marine Chemistry". Activities included Lose the Blues with CO2, Magic Nuudles, and UV-Detecting Beads.

To see more photos of the day's event, visit our Facebook page ACS_Outreach.

Volunteers at 2018 USA Science & Engineering Festival

ACS at 5th USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo

The USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo took place on April 7-8, 2018 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The event was the nation’s largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) featuring more than 3,000 hands-on exhibits, 30 stage shows, and more!

To see more photos of the day's event, visit our Facebook page ACS_Outreach.

ACS volunteer and young girl smile at Kids Zone event in New Orleans

ACS Presidential Outreach Event Honoring 15 Years of Chemists Celebrate Earth Week (CCEW)

This year, the ACS partnered with the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission to host a Kids Zone community event on Saturday, March 17 at the Lyons Recreation Center. The free event provided families with the chance to conduct hands-on activities, receive goodie bags that included the ACS’s children’s publication, Celebrating Chemistry, learn more about ACS’s community partners and celebrate 15 years of Chemists Celebrate Earth Week with the theme “Dive into Marine Chemistry.”

To see more photos of the day's event, visit our Facebook page ACS_Outreach.

Download Some ACS Kids Zone Experiments

  • Fizzy Fun!: There are a lot of ways to tell one mineral from another.What happens when you put acid on different minerals? What does the acid test tell you?
  • Iron for Breakfast: Is your cereal magnetic? Let’s see! Using strong magnets, we will pull iron, an essential nutrient, from breakfast cereals. Kids and parents alike are amazed at the amounts of this element that can be found in delicious food!
  • Lincoln Drops: Predict how many drops of water can be placed on the head of a penny before any of the water spills off.
  • Magic Nuudles: Using biodegradable building blocks made from cornstarch, create fun shapes out of Magic Nuudles and learn about polymers.
  • Magic Sand: When we play at the beach, we build sandcastles and make sculptures from sand. In this activity, children will observe how another type of sand behaves when mixed with water.
  • Producing Oxygen Gas: In this chemistry activity, children can witness and feel a chemical reaction in their hands. It is the creation of oxygen gas from simple household materials.
  • Seashells: Antacids of the Ocean: Have you ever wondered what coral or seashells are made of? In this chemistry activity, see how calcium carbonate is affected by carbon dioxide.
  • Starch Search: Discover which foods contain starch and which do not. We will test for the molecule in foods with the same detector pens used to distinguish counterfeit dollar bills, which contain starch, from real money.
  • UV Detecting Beads and UV Blockers: Using UV detecting beads and UV blockers, come explore which products help protect our skin, eyes and medicine from being damaged by UV light. 
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ACS President Peter Dorhout
ACS President Peter Dorhout (left) presents NORDC Recreation Centers Director Shawn Wyatt with a Salutes to Excellence award during the Presidential Outreach Event at Lyons Recreation Center in New Orleans.
Image of boy holding Magic Nuudle artwork
A boy displays his Magic Nuudles creation.
Image of participants at the ACS Kids Zone
Two boys examine the final product of their experiment.
Volunteer demonstrates UV detecting beads experiment
ACS volunteers wear their goggles to show the children the importance of safety when conducting experiments.