kid at fair making big bubbles
Enormous bubbles fill the air at Leeward Discovery Fair.

Create. Explore. Discover. The entire family can do all three at the 28th annual Discovery Fair on Saturday, November 3, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. at Leeward Community College. Admission and parking are free.

Discovery Fair features new activities each year. This year includes a giant-sized version of the children’s game, “Operation,” created by the Industrial Technology program, and Hawaiian studies faculty guiding an exploration of a 10-foot Hawaiian star compass.

“This is our 28th year presenting our annual fair,” said Jenny Watada, faculty co-chair of Discovery Fair. “Making education fun and engaging is at the heart of what we do. With all the activities offered for free, the fair is really our ‘thank you’ to the community.”

The first 500 families to check in at the information table will win a prize. More than 50 $50 gift cards will be given away, with several food vendors offering 50 cent food options and 50 hands-on learning activities for the entire family. The 50 theme is part of the campus’ celebration of its 50th anniversary.

Returning crowd-favorites

  • Quicksand goo: a mysterious substance that’s both solid and liquid
  • Slime time: the magic of polymers
  • Play with clay: hands-on clay sculpting, including the opportunity to take a spin with a pottery wheel
  • Rockets: create and launch your personalized rocket
  • Lightning bolt challenge: a speedy competition diving into the nuts and bolts of engines
  • Tours of the fossil and mineral and natural history exhibits

Additional offerings

  • Mad hatter: create a fashionable hat from recycled materials
  • Fun with fish: learn the ancient art of gyotaku, the traditional Japanese method of creating an artistic print of a fish
  • Chemistry magic: freeze a flower or shrink a balloon with liquid nitrogen
  • Bubble geometry: stand inside a giant bubble or create some bubbles in a variety of shapes and sizes
  • Our story: take a selfie with our early human ancestor, the famous “Lucy”
  • Kreating with kukui: learn how to make a nut spinner toy, a knotted lei and create artwork from leaf rubbings
  • Rainbow water: create a stackable rainbow of color with water and learn about the density of fluids

Discovery Fair entry, parking and all educational activities are free. Food vendors will offer a variety of items for purchase.

—By Kathleen Cabral

boy and mom working at a pottery wheel