kids wearing newspaper hats
Families can create a hat made from recycled materials at Mad hatter.

Leeward Community College’s 29th annual Discovery Fair features family fun and hands-on discovery on Saturday, November 2, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Admission, parking and all activities are free. Food vendors will offer a variety of items for purchase.

The 29th Discovery Fair offers new activities such as Racing with Robots, created by the Integrated Industrial Technology program, International Bingo and In Control, an interactive exhibit explaining motion controllers in virtual reality.

New this year, Leeward’s Service Committee is coordinating a toy drive to benefit the children and families affiliated with Catholic Charities Hawaiʻi and foster children through Family Programs Hawaiʻi. The first 250 families to bring in a new, unwrapped toy or game will receive a special thank you gift.

“We’re so excited that we can offer all the activities for free,” said Jenny Watada, faculty co-chair of Discovery Fair. “Each year, the faculty and staff keep looking for new ways to make learning fun. I think that’s why so many families come back year after year!”

kids playing with slime
Quicksand goo, a fan favorite at the Discovery Fair.

Returning crowd-favorites

  • Quicksand goo—a mysterious substance that’s both solid and liquid
  • Slime time—the magic of polymers in a slippery, slimy substance that you can’t stop playing with
  • Play with clay—hands-on clay sculpting, including the opportunity to take a spin with a pottery wheel
  • Phun with Physics—physics phenomena explored: rolling, bouncing, racing, zipping, squishing and more!
  • 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 activities

  • 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 fish print
  • 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”
  • Fashionistas—create paper dolls with Victorian Era fashions