A cornflour shower

Outreach team at the Lollibop Festival

Post written by Shane Craig, Schools and Communities Outreach Officer.

Lollibop is ‘the big bash for little people’, a 3 day under 10’s festival in Regents Park offering the best that the children’s entertainment world has to offer… or Glastonbury for kids!

As festival goers approached our tent they were met by a large paddling pool full of corn flour slime made with around 60 boxes of corn flour (that’s 30kg!). Kids could really get stuck in (not literally) and explore this strange non-Newtonian fluid acting like a solid and a liquid.

Once inside the tent, Science Museum classics such as the Egg Drop Trick and Alka-Seltzer Rockets were entertaining (and educating) the kids and adults. Both of these experiments can be found in one of our Kitchen Science Booklets.

The crowd could also hold a bubble of carbon dioxide sublimed from dry ice and make their own bubble wands from straws and string. 

Each day the Outreach team performed The Greatest Hits show in which we threw everything we have got at the crowd. Introduced by a human beatbox, we hit ‘em where it hurt with exploding hydrogen balloons, a cloud (liquid nitrogen) in a bucket and a rocket piloted by a frog.
 
Elsewhere in the festival I think it’s fair to say that we were overcome with Rastamouse fever. Along with Da Easy Crew he blew the crowd away and a photo-op was a must. We had to grab our chance and sneak a photo with this legendary star as he walked past…

If you missed us this time then we finish our festival season at Jolly Day Out at Hampton Court Palace, 26th – 28th August, we’re are on the line-up alongside McFly (but I’m sure you know that already).

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