First Fridays


Geek out with us on the first Friday of every month.

Learn the real science behind science fiction and mingle with others interested in the geekier side of life. Each month, First Friday features a different theme, hands-on activities, pub-style trivia, engaging presentations, photo opps for showing off your costume, and food and drink specials.

The evening culminates with a free screening of a classic science fiction movie or episode. First Friday favorites like public telescope viewings, a free 7 PM Planetarium star show, and special prices for our special exhibition are a staple at every event.

First Friday activities such as presentations, pop culture trivia, and the 10 PM film are primarily designed for visitors 16 years and older.

Our public telescope viewings and free 7 PM Planetarium Show are recommended for all ages.

Please note: The OMNIMAX® Theater will be closed until late November as we transform the theater to digital IMAX® with Laser. Free screenings will take place at the McDonnell Planetarium. Please refer to the full schedule for each event located in the event pages below.


First Fridays are free  – but some events are ticketed.
Check specific event listings for more information, or call 314.289.4439.

Tickets for both the free 7 PM Planetarium star show and free screenings are available starting at 6 PM on the evening of the First Friday event and are distributed on a first come, first served basis.



Fri. Dec 6
Fri. Jan 3
Fri. Feb 7

Friday, December 06

First Friday: I ❤ the 90s
6:00 pm

Friday, January 03

First Friday: Star Wars
6:00 pm

Friday, February 07

First Friday: The Mighty Ducks
6:00 pm

Past Events

November 1, 2019: Black Mirror

Welcome to your future. Take a deep dive into the big questions surrounding futuristic technology at our Black Mirror First Friday. Explore the fact vs fiction of artificial intelligence, robotics, and virtual reality. Test out technology from those on the leading edge. #FridayGeekOut

Black Mirror

October 4, 2019: Stranger Things

Turn your world Upside Down at First Friday: Stranger Things. Learn about the possibility of other dimensions, explore the true history behind top-secret science experiments and enjoy a game of Dungeons and Dragons with your friends. Compete in a building-wide game that takes you to the Upside Down and back again. Free screening of Stranger Things episodes at 9:30 pm in the McDonnell Planetarium.


First Friday Partner

Become a First Friday Partner

First Friday is an adult-oriented program that explores the intersection between science and popular culture. We welcome First Friday Partners and vendors who are prepared for the following responsibilities and requirements:

  • Bring merchandise and/or activities that connect with the First Friday theme for the evening.
  • Arrive no later than 5:30 PM to set up your table and activity.
  • Be ready to interact with visitors by 6 PM and staff your table until 9 PM.
  • Handle all transactions related to your merchandise.

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Members geek out at a discount.

Save on certain First Friday activities with a Saint Louis Science Center membership.

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