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Families can explore chemistry at SPI Spot this week

Special activities planned during MV City School closure on November 8 and 9

Chemistry is all around us—it’s in the air we breathe, the food we eat, the clothes we wear, and the medicines we take. SPI Spot in Mount Vernon has set up special programming this week help kids ages 6 and older make connections between their everyday experiences and the hidden science behind them.

Organizers say participants may be part of a group that makes dye from bug parts or they could be invited to conduct experiments with leftover Halloween treats, among other activities.

The programming will occur primarily on Friday from 11 am to noon and 1 to 4 pm at Wright Center, 400 S. Main Street in Mount Vernon. SPI is also open on Thursday – another day when schools are closed – for open play from 9am to 8pm (including a sneak peek of the chemistry activities that evening).

“Families are always looking for ways to spend that ‘bonus’ time they get with kids when school is closed for seasonal breaks or teacher professional development,” says Stephanie Calondis Geiger, the executive director of SPI.  “We are that go-to community space for fun and learning through play together.”

The Explore Chemistry event at SPI Spot is part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about ways to experiment, explore, and tackle challenges with chemistry.

Regular admission applies.  Details about this event, SPI admission rates and its hours can be found at

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