ACS invites families to enjoy hands-on science in Indianapolis

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2023 — Explore the wonders of chemistry with the American Chemical Society’s (ACS’) Kids Zone free family science event at the Concord Neighborhood Center in Indianapolis on Saturday, March 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET. The event is being held in conjunction with ACS’ spring 2023 meeting.  

Members of ACS local sections and chemistry students will lead hands-on activities with participants, and some stations will offer take-home goodies. The following activities will take place:

Bursting Boba
Practice using a chemistry tool as you turn seaweed extract into colorful spheres that are gel on the outside but squirt when squished.

I spy Photosynthesis
Use a color-changing liquid to recognize when photosynthesis is happening in tiny algae that you can take home. 

Connect with String Slime
Add seaweed extract to a chemical connector and pull out the resulting long strings of brightly colored slime.

Plants vs. Algae
Use UV light and a microscope to examine similarities and differences between algae and plants.

Self-Inflating Balloons
Discover the secret science of self-inflating balloons as you hear, feel and see the chemistry happening inside a balloon you can keep. 

Indicator Alligator
Paint a cartoon alligator with a green liquid, then use clear colorless liquids to add bright and surprising pops of color. 

To register visit, learn more from its Facebook event page, and share your experience on social media using #ACSKidsZone.

For health and safety information about the ACS meeting, see the FAQ webpage.


The American Chemical Society (ACS) is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. ACS’ mission is to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and all its people. The Society is a global leader in promoting excellence in science education and providing access to chemistry-related information and research through its multiple research solutions, peer-reviewed journals, scientific conferences, eBooks and weekly news periodical Chemical & Engineering News. ACS journals are among the most cited, most trusted and most read within the scientific literature; however, ACS itself does not conduct chemical research. As a leader in scientific information solutions, its CAS division partners with global innovators to accelerate breakthroughs by curating, connecting and analyzing the world’s scientific knowledge. ACS’ main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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