August 2nd

Unless otherwise noted, all activities are free. Free parking on First Fridays!

James S. McDonnell Planetarium

6 to 9pm          Experience Flight: Test out our flight simulators – Blue Motion Simulator ($5) and White Flight Simulators ($6)

6 to 9pm         Hands-on activities about rockets, airplanes, gravity, living in space and more!

6pm                 Demo: Drive a Robot with the FIRST Robotics Robo Rebels

6:30pm           Moon Woman, original dance performance by Blaize D’Angio (Orthwein Star Bay)

7 to 9:30pm     Public Telescope Viewing (Archery Field)

7pm                 Dr. Ray Arvidson, Director of the Earth and Planetary Remote Sensing Laboratory at Washington University, presents an Update from Mars (Orthwein Star Bay)

8:30pm            LASERIUM®, the original laser show! ($10, Orthwein Star Bay)

CenterStage (Main Building, Lower Level)

8:30pm           Demo -- Magnetic Fields: Earth vs. Mars

Boeing Hall (Main Building, 1st Floor)

Tour Lost Egypt, 6 to 9pm   Exhibition closes on September 2!

First Fridays Discount Price: $9 (Non-Member adult) and $8 (Non-Member child)

Exhibition entry on the half hour -- last entry at 8pm.

Dino Overlook (Main Building, 1st Floor)

Demos and Activities, 6 to 9pm

The Loft (Main Building, 2nd Floor)

Specials --  Red Planet cocktail & Martian blueberry ice cream!

6 to 9pm     See cosmic creations from the Science Center’s 3D printer

                  Watch Lunar artist Lynn Herzberger at work and check out illustrations by Jeffrey Johnson, Handmade Family.

8pm            First Fridays’ Trivia with Guest Host Julie Tristan – limited seating

OMNIMAX® Theater (Main Building, 2nd Floor)

Evening pricing ($6, all tickets; $5 for college students with valid id). The 10pm movie is free –seating is limited and tickets, available at the box office, are required.

6pm     Air Racers

7pm     Mummies

8pm     Space Station

10pm   Mars Attacks                                                                   

Answers to Your First Fridays’ Questions

How does First Fridays’ Trivia work?
To play, register your team or register as an individual at The Loft. First Fridays' Trivia can accommodate up to 25 teams -- first-come, first served. There are five rounds of trivia with five questions each round, plus a bonus question. There will be prizes for the winners of each round and the entire contest.

What is the demonstration at Center Stage?
Magnetic Fields: Earth vs. Mars
explores planets and their magnetic fields and compares a planet with a magnetic field (Earth) to one without a magnetic field (Mars).

Tell me more about Moon Woman, the dance performance in the Planetarium.

Moon Woman is a dance and puppetry performance incorporating scientific data about the Moon. The choreography uses the Moon's orbital patterns around the Earth and Sun and the music contains sounds from the Moon, recorded by NASA. Moon Woman takes the audience on a journey through the challenge of finding our place in a vast universe. The performance lasts approximately 10 minutes and is performed by its creator, St. Louis artist Blaize D'Angio. 

How do I get tickets for the 10pm showing of Mars Attacks?
Get your tickets at any ticket booth, starting at 6pm. Tickets are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each person is allowed up to four tickets for your group. Once you have a ticket, you must be in the theater by 10 pm to claim your seat. If all tickets have been given out, visitors can wait in the stand-by line.  At 10 pm, we will let people waiting in the stand-by line into the theater, to fill all empty seats.

What’s up with the Martian blueberry ice cream?
The “blueberries” refer to the round pieces of greyish blue hematite found on the Martian surface. These pieces of hematite provide evidence that Mars once had water. They formed from water interacting with minerals on Mars’ rocky surface.