CLEVELAND (Jan. 27, 2016) – It’s no secret that we love science at Great Lakes Science Center, so this Valentine’s Day weekend we’re proclaiming it loud and clear with a new event we’re calling Smitten with Science!

We have loads of special free activities planned from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 13 and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 14 that prove science has never been so sweet!

Guests can make their own stethoscope and listen to their family members’ heartbeats using paper cones, duct tape and cardstock. Learn how to make a secret message using goldenrod paper, crayons and ammonia. Design and build your own cupid crossbow and then test its accuracy in the Cupid Archery Range.

At 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday we’ll examine the Chemistry of Candy in our demo lab area, and the Big Science Show, running at 12:15 and 3:15 p.m. on Saturday and 1:15 and 3:15 p.m. Sunday, examines the science of magnetic attraction.

Special activities for Saturday only include a drop-in early childhood workshop for pre-k kids and their parents from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the birthday party room, and a special visit from the Cleveland APL in our Auditorium with adorable, adoptable dogs and cats looking for their forever homes. (Adoption fee and application process apply.)

Smitten with Science weekend also includes the chance to participate in a dissection workshop. A family of four can delve into the inner workings of a pig’s heart, which is structured very similar to a human heart. Pre-registration is required for the dissection workshop. The fee is $12 for a family of four ($10 for members). Additional hearts are available for $5. Registration is available online at

Smitten with Science weekend will also be a great time to check out the Science Center’s newest traveling exhibition, “The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” This special exhibition opens January 30 and runs through April 24 and is packed full of one-of-a-kind oddities, record-setting feats, biological anomalies and interactive exhibits. And it’s included in the regular price of admission.

About Great Lakes Science Center

Great Lakes Science Center, home of the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, makes science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) come alive for more than 300,000 visitors a year through hundreds of hands-on exhibits, traveling exhibitions, OMNIMAX® Theater, Steamship William G. Mather, daily science demonstrations, seasonal camps, family workshops and more. We know the value of using real scientific challenges to encourage curiosity and experimentation. And we remain committed to developing the collaborations and community partnerships needed to stimulate innovation, improve STEM education, and cultivate the creative, critical thinkers who will shape the future of Northeast Ohio. Discounted parking is available for guests in the attached 500-car garage. Great Lakes Science Center is generously funded by the citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Visit for more information.