It's going to be loud and dirty at the Museum of Science and Industry when the museum brings out tanks, catapults, robots and paintballs for a day to celebrate Leonardo da Vinci, the military and the police. Help MOSI honor military and police personnel during Tank Day on Saturday. There will be camouflage face painting, demonstrations of military technology, chats with military, police and engineering personnel and live entertainment. Those events are free with paid admission to the museum. • There also will be several youth workshops during the day.
Robot Junkyard War
Cheer on your favorite machine in the battle, in which parts from the scrap heap are used to make a robotic competitor. It's from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and costs $18 for members, $25 for nonmembers.
Tank Versus Catapult
It pits the catapult against a da Vinci-like tank. Kids should sign up early to take part in the 9 to 11 a.m. demonstration. It's best for ages 10 and older and is $12 for members, $16 for nonmembers.
Get ready for some splatastic action featuring a series of paintball battles on the field. Marker guns, paintballs and a safety mask are provided. Wear comfortable long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Best for ages 10 and up. A safety session starts at 2 p.m. and is mandatory for participants. The paintball event is $18 for members, $25 nonmembers.
Participants can go into the regular museum, but the da Vinci exhibit and IMAX films are extra. Regular admission is $18 members, $25 for nonmembers. Go to mosi.org or call (813) 987-6000 for details.
Sherry Robinson, Times staff writer