Kids can see a real brain up close during Brain Night.
Kids can see a real brain up close during Brain Night.

It’s time for the annual Brain Night 6-8 p.m., Thursday, March 14 at the John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science, 1515 Hermann Dr.

The free event is packed with activity booths aimed to educate children and families about how the brain works and to spark an interest in neuroscience at an early age. Demonstration topics range from bike-helmet safety, brain reflexes, eye-hand coordination and comparing brains of different species. Children are encouraged to build their own nerve cell with pipe-cleaners and get a face painting of a nerve cell or brain.

In addition, families have the opportunity to handle an actual human brain, one of our most popular demonstrations. At the close of the event, children receive souvenirs and walk away with an eagerness for learning more about the brain.

This project is part of the International Brain Awareness Week Partners in Education program, a unique partnership of major institutions organized to advance public understanding about the brain and brain research by linking scientists directly with students. It is funded by a grant from the Charles A. Dana Foundation.