Photo by Jim Judkis

Carnegie Science Center

November 7
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

It might be the name of your favorite 1990s indie rock band but the term smashing pumpkins will take on new meaning this weekend at the Carnegie Science Center. Gourd heads are gonna roll, quite literally, when the North Shore destination hosts its fourth annual Great Pumpkin Smash on Saturday, November 7th.

Photo by Jim Judkis

The Great Pumpkin Smash invites visitors of all ages to join expert “smash-ologists” and roll their leftover jack-o’-lanterns off the Science Center’s scenic riverside roof. You heard us right. So whether you’re more of a Charlie Brown or a Jack Skellington, don’t miss this rare chance to enjoy  a day of splattering, smashing and even exploding.

Let your pumpkins fall five stories, see how they land below and learn about the physics behind why some of the colorful squash plants smash, splatter and even bounce. Check out all of the proceedings via the Science Center’s special video monitor where participants can witness the smashing sequence of falling, splatting and bouncing pumpkins without leaning over the edge.

Photo by Jim Judkis

What’s more fun than a smashed pumpkin? An exploding pumpkin, right?! Head to the Science Center lawn to watch exciting demonstrations of how liquid nitrogen can be used to explode pumpkins.

All of that smashing and exploding make you hungry? Pop into the BodyStage to enjoy pumpkin flavored ice cream during the Center’s “Science in a Scoop” show.

Activities run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine and are included with general admission. Pre-registration is not required.

Looking for more events this month? Read our 11 Pittsburgh events not to miss in November feature.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...