For the first time, Milwaukee is playing a major role in the Wisconsin Science Festival.

Discovery World, along with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and other local institutions with nerd cred, are getting into the spirit of this year’s Wisconsin Science Festival in a big way. Local highlights will be spread all over the city during the four-day event (Oct. 22-25), and we’ve rounded up a few of the most promising below. See for a full listing.

Nanoscience: Small Things Make a Big Impact
Betty Brinn Children’s Museum; Oct. 22, 1-4 p.m., and Oct. 25, 1-4 p.m.
➸ It’s never too early to teach your kids about cutting-edge science. This tutorial will take over Brinn’s “Be a Maker” space.

Park After Dark: Exploring Riverside Park’s Nocturnal World
Urban Ecology Center: Riverside Park Branch; Oct. 23, 7-9 p.m.
➸ S’mores, owl hunting and nocturnal eavesdropping on the natural world are promised for this fun-oriented outing in the wilds around the Urban Ecology Center.

A Freshwater Odyssey Revisited
UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences; Oct. 24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
➸ Special tours at the School of Freshwater Sciences will explore the university’s water work and where it’s headed.

The Hunt for Einstein’s Elusive Gravitational Waves
Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex; Oct. 24, 5-6 p.m.
➸ This is definitely an event for the big kids and grown-up ones. Two physicists from UWM will describe the hunt for these waves predicted by Einstein.

‘Eureka’ appears in the October 2015 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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Matt has written for Milwaukee Magazine since 2006, when he was a lowly intern. Since then, he’s held the posts of assistant news editor and, most recently, senior editor. He’s lived in South Carolina, Tennessee, Connecticut, Iowa, and Indiana but mostly in Wisconsin. He wants to do more fishing but has a hard time finding worms. For the magazine, Matt has written about city government, schools, religion, coffee roasters and Congress.