Fruitcake Science

PHOTO courtesy SMV

How long does fruitcake last? The folks at the Science Museum of Virginia have already started that experiment with Pudgie the Fruitcake, our holiday ambassador pictured here. Pudgie was unwrapped on Friday, December 3. Since then he is only covered at times by a glass dome. The rest of the time he's been exploring the museum uncovered. At Fruitcake Science, have your picture taken with Pudgie, then decorate a picture frame to remember your brush with celebrity. You can also test scientific theories of force and motion, magnetism and buoyancy as they relate to this favorite festive fare. Bring your own fruitcake and receive half price admission for the evening. Come earlier than 5 if you like - museum exhibits stay open until 8pm. 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond. 800-659-1727.