If you've often pondered some of life's great mysteries, such how food works ... and the magic ingredients in your kitchen cupboard. Join W5 at the Playhouse this weekend to learn more about the science of food and how ingredients react and interact in an amazing way. In this show W5 will look at the magical properties of everyday ingredients and what happens when use vinegar, baking soda and other ingredients in a series of magic experiments. Other demonstrations will uncover exciting facts such as how chickens fly and how water disappears, and the Playhouse is the place to find out the answers to all these questions this weekend during a series of special free ‘Science for Kids' events organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council, and led by some of the science boffins at W5.
Also this weekend met Scientific Sue and her mythical fire and ice breathing dragons, and discover how the creatures fly, as well as the many different types of fire and ice the dragons can produce. Find out more about their disgusting digestion processes, and even help a baby dragon find his wings. Then in the afternoon try your hand at launching your own rocket.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Elisha McCallion, said: "I'm really looking forward to seeing some of the Science for Kids events on Saturday. As a mum it's fantastic to be able to bring the children along to something which is both exciting and educational, and also free.
"And I'm delighted to see that our local Year of Food Programme has a younger element with opportunities for children to find out more about the scientific processes which transform our food."
Council's Tourism Officer, Mary Blake, said the events would appeal to young scientists and food fans of all ages. "I am delighted to be able to team up with W5 and Scientific Sue to host an event which will engage younger audiences and get them interested in some kitchen science. The activities will teach them how kitchen chemistry works, using ordinary everyday substances to achieve magical effects.
"As part of our Year of Food and Drink programme we aim to teach people of all ages more about how food works, and how everyday items and ingredients can be creatively manipulated in new and exciting ways."
The events take place all day with morning shows running from 11.15am - 12noon, and 12.15pm - 1pm. Afternoon Science Magic shows (ages 4-11) take place from 2.30pm - 3.15pm and 3.30pm - 4.15pm.