South Florida Science Center featuring ‘Punkin Chunkin’ event Sunday


Maybe it is a bit primal. Perhaps it seems barbaric – pumpkins and gourds hurled over 400 feet, using medieval-like catapults and trebuchets. It’s all part of the South Florida Science Center’s “Punkin Chunkin’ In the Park” event.

Sunday, November 5, participants (visitors to the science center) can feel the exhilaration of flinging jack-o’-lanterns and squishing squashes.

The South Florida Science Center has a passion for getting visitors to participate in science in fun and exciting ways. Their goal with this event is to get guests involved in learning about the mechanics and engineering of the launching devices and the trajectory of the pumpkins, while providing thrilling tactics to convey the knowledge.

Punkin’ chunkin has long been an after-Halloween tradition in many of the northern states. The messy, gooey, rip-roaring fun has eluded much of South Florida, until now.

The carnage, all in the name of science, will take place in Dreher Park, which surrounds the Science Center. The launch party is free; participants may b.y.o. pumpkins and gourds or help destroy donated ones.

If you truly want to immerse yourself in total pumpkin destruction, consider entering one of the team events. Registration for competing teams is $3. The science center has three award-winning ‘punkin chunkin’ categories: small, medium and large pumpkins. Teams may chunk up to a total of three pumpkins.

Family-friendly festivities such as craft areas and science demonstrations will surround the pumpkin bludgeoning. For those wishing to celebrate their pumpkin-heaving victories, Accomplice Brewery and Ciderworks will be on hand for libations.

South Florida Science Center and Aquarium’s Punkin Chunkin in the Park is scheduled for Sunday, November 5, noon – 5 p.m. at 801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach.

Admission is free, $3 for competing teams. Call 561-832-1988 or for more information or to register, go to



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