The premise of the show requires the protagonists perform a series of science demonstrations to resolve the conflict of the show. Imagine an episode of MythBusters where confirming (or busting) a myth provided a reward or surmounted an obstacle that prevented any of the Fantastic Five from meeting their goal. Heck, the finale of the MacGyver special fits this bill – except in The Energy Show there are explosions.
This entertainment model could well work elsewhere. Heck, I’d argue it’s an important element of two touring shows – the MythBusters Behind the Myths Tour and Alton Brown’s Edible Inevitable Tour. And those shows are kid-friendly, but not targeted to them. Cost may be the only thing making it tough to do too many of these productions. That’s a shame.