Media Advisory: Loud, Messy and Educational – Little Shop Open House Shows Science is Fun and Easy


The people who make science fun are hosting the 13th Annual Little Shop of Physics Open House Feb. 28 at Colorado State University. More than 4,000 young people and their families are expected to attend the free all-day educational and entertaining event.

Little Shop is a program designed to show young people that science is fun, understandable and accessible. The open house will feature more than 150 hands-on experiments for kids and adults as well as a steady sequence of loud, messy, interactive and entertaining scientific presentations.


10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28


Colorado State University, Main Ballroom of the Lory Student Center


From I-25 take Exit #268, Prospect Road. Drive west on Prospect about 5 miles to College Avenue. At College, turn right (north) then turn left (west) onto Laurel Street at the third traffic light. The third left off Laurel is Meldrum, which turns into the Lory Student Center parking area.


This year’s event, themed "Please Try This At Home," will show participants dozens of experiments they can try with everyday items, emphasizing how science is all around and that people use science in everyday life. The event is free, open to the public and suitable for all ages. Parking is also free.

The Little Shop of Physics is a traveling, hands-on science program based in the Physics Department at Colorado State. The experiments that form the basis of the educational outreach program are developed by undergraduate students who assist in taking the Little Shop to more than 50 schools and 15,000 children throughout Colorado and neighboring states. The program has been featured in People magazine and on Nick News, and is the only program of its kind in the United States.

For more information about the Little Shop of Physics Open House, including a sampling of online experiments, visit the Web at or call (970) 491-5131.