THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO A SCHEDULING ERROR. There was a time when playgrounds weren't padded, kids were still allowed to run around and climb trees, and science kits were standard holiday gifts. Nowadays, we're careful to protect the little ones — and in some cases, maybe too careful. Because of our quest for safety, we might have to claim some responsibility for this video-game generation of kids with bodies and minds that seem to be completely turned off. To at least get your kid's synapses firing throughout the summer, pick up The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science: 50 Experiments for Daring Young Scientists by Sean Connolly ($13.95). Now, this text is no textbook: Connolly offers up thrill-inspiring experiments that engage the brain but don't hurt the body (or your home). And he comes to St. Louis to tell us all about it! To meet the author and have him sign a copy of your family's book, head to Left Bank Books in the Central West End (399 North Euclid Avenue; 314-367-6731 or at 7 p.m.; admission to the signing event is free. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO A SCHEDULING ERROR.
Mon., May 17, 2010

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