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.


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.


First Friday Flashback!

Since 2011, First Friday has been the place where real science and pop culture collide at the Saint Louis Science Center. Though 2020 looked different, we are thankful you could join us virtually. As we look forward to new opportunities for 2021, we’re also looking back at the past 9 years of First Friday events. Tell us what themes or ideas we should pursue in the future by emailing!

Harry Potter First Friday

November First Friday – Harry Potter

November 6, 2020 – 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Return to Hogwarts once more and explore the science of our favorite wizarding world! Dive into the real chemistry behind the Harry Potter series with special guest Dr. Rebecca Lai, Chemist and professor of the course “A Muggle’s Guide to Harry Potter’s Chemistry.”

The entire event (including the feature presentation) will be streamed live on Facebook. Please note: you do not need a Facebook account to watch the livestream.

Ages: All ages are welcome. First Friday activities such as presentations, pop culture trivia, and demonstrations are primarily designed for visitors 14 years and older.

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Behind First Friday: A Conversation with Christina Carlson

First Friday is made possible by a team of Science Center staff from all across the organization, but Christina Carlson, Manager of Adult Programs at the Science Center, is one of the driving forces behind the scenes.

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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.

Become a Member