BubbleMania thrills kids at Modesto library

sghag@modbee.comJanuary 4, 2014 

— Excitement bubbled with abandon at the wonderful shapes being created in the Stanislaus County Library’s basement.

This was BubbleMania, after all, a 45-minute program of fun and science that drew some 135 people to the downtown space. It started with a tepid hello from the youngsters that quickly turned into loud oohs and aahs once the bubble-making started. But it was clear from the entire audience’s reaction that this was a show for all ages.

“Doesn’t matter what age you are,” said Jayne Cantrell of Modesto, “everyone loves bubbles.” She was seated on a chair in the very back of the performance space with her husband. Her children Amelia, 5, and Jack, 3, were in front with the rest of the youngsters.

Cassandra Lambert of BubbleMania manipulated the soapy mixture into shapes big and small. She’s been called Miss Bubbles and the Bubble Lady, she said, but she’s officially a “bubblologist.” Can you say, “bubblologist?” she asked the children. They obediently obliged.

That was the first of many lessons she offered. The soap film was temperamental on this day – “The bubbles are a little cold today,” she explained – but it didn’t matter. Bubbles that burst were just as much fun to watch as bubbles that floated above the children’s heads.

Youngsters went crazy for bubbles the size of an adult and the opportunity to stand inside a giant bubble. A dozen were selected for the honor, including shy Amelia, who nearly missed out because she didn’t line up with the others. As she watched Lambert create a cocoon around 3-year-old Reinhart Cangco of Modesto, she ran to Cantrell in the back of the room to say she was selected and belonged in front. Amelia’s dad walked her back to the front.

Bubbles can be pretty amazing, but they’re not for the faint of heart. They can be wet and sloppy. For young Reinhart, though, being captured in a bubble “was fun.”

Lambert made bubbles form a square and a triangle and showed how they all becomes spheres once they’re released from their shape. The lessons stuck with the children.

“The sun’s reflection makes a rainbow,” said Brianna Nichipor, 11, of Modesto, of the vibrant colors created by reflected light hitting a bubble’s surface. The effect is called iridescence.

“Bubbles can make different shapes,” said Sara Johnson, 7, of Modesto. Added brother Kyle, 6, “Bubbles can make mirrors.”

Their mom, Debbie Johnson, was pleased.

“We got our books. We saw our bubble show. Fantastic,” she said.

Bee staff reporter Sharon K. Ghag can be reached at sghag@modbee.com or (209) 578-2340.

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