WHAT: ‘Science Nights’ – Weird Science Tricks will be played and treats will be had at this family-friendly Science Nights event. Just days before the scariest day of the year – Halloween – children and parents are encouraged to explore the science behind the scare at this spooky-themed event. Guests are invited to make-and-take a spooky spider web; dissect a scary snake; sample sizzling dry ice apple cider; create a pretzel wand; and best of all smashing pumpkins will be encouraged! Often frowned upon by jack-o-lanterns, smashing pumpkins will take on a new meaning during a nitro-mania demonstration. And be sure to come in full costume – there will be a costume parade at 8pm. Additionally, the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches will be on hand to assist stargazers with any questions. WHEN: Friday, October 25, 2013 from 6-10pm WHERE: South Florida Science Center and Aquarium (formerly the South Florida Science Museum) 4801 Dreher Trail North in West Palm Beach HOW MUCH: Members: Adults $5, Children: free Non-Members: Adults $12, Children $8 (under 3 are free) * Planetarium shows and mini-golf are not included in event admission WHO: On the last Friday of every month, the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium hosts a themed ‘Science Nights’ (formerly known as ‘Nights at the Museum’)– a family friendly opportunity to enjoy extended hours of the Science Center’s typical offerings as well as a chance to view the night sky through the Science Center’s observatory. Once monthly, weather permitting, the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium opens its observatory dome, which rotates to allow for the best views. Guests will be treated to craters, comets and galaxies visible by the telescope. Monthly ‘Science Nights’ events run from 6pm – 9pm, with the observatory remaining open until 10pm, and every month there is a different theme. Activities often include arts and crafts, animal dissections and dry ice experiments. WHY: The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, formerly known as the South Florida Science Museum, recently completed a $5 million expansion and renovation. With a new mission to “open every mind to science,” the Science Center features more than 50 hands-on educational exhibits, an 8,000 gallon fresh and salt water aquarium- featuring both local and exotic marine life, a digital planetarium, conservation research station, Florida exhibit hall and an interactive Everglades exhibit, among other exciting amenities. General admission to the Science Center is $13.50 for adults, $10 for children aged 3 to 12, and $12 for seniors aged 62 and older. Planetarium shows and miniature golf are not included in general admission pricing. The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is located at 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach and is open Monday – Friday from 9am-5pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm. For more information, call 561-832-1988 or visit www.sfsciencecenter.org. Like the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @SFScienceCenter.