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FREE and open to the public!
February 3, 2023 – 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Welcome to Wakanda. Join us for an evening filled with Marvel-ous activities celebrating Black Panther and featuring many of your favorite superheroes! Design your own comic book panels, test your knowledge at trivia, and learn about the legacy of Black Panther. See a screening of Black Panther in the OMNIMAX theater. Come in costume as your favorite Marvel character!

Parking note: $5 preferred parking is available at the Oakland Lot. Science Center members get free parking at the Oakland Lot.

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What is First Friday?

Unless otherwise noted by the , all activities are FREE! All items marked with a require tickets. Tickets for free screenings available at any box office starting at 5:00 PM.

Not to Be Missed!

7:00pm, Boeing Hall South
“The Claws of the Panther” – Historical African Martial Arts with Da’Mon Stith

 

Ongoing Activities, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 

First Floor-1
  • Check out the Guild of the Silent Sword and see Historical African Martial Arts demonstrations in Boeing Hall South.
  • Learn about real-world creatures that inspired the animals of the underwater city of Talokan in the Life Science Lab.
  • Play games with Gamenite in the GROW Meeting Room.
  • Create a custom pancake with Dancakes.
  • Shop handmade products and art works from local artists and crafters.
  • Step into a comic book scene with our Black Panther photo opportunity.
  • Explore one of Wakanda’s real-life neighbors in Africa in our special exhibition Becoming JaneSpecial First Friday price: $10.95/personLast entry at 7pm

    Learn more about this special exhibition


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Lower Level-LL
  • Explore the Black Inventors Hall of Fame museum in May Hall.
  • Learn about the energy of superpowers with UMSL Technology Learning Center in T. Rex Classroom.

 

Second Floor-2
  • Create your own comic book in the Makerspace.

 

Planetarium-2
  • Test out rides in the Flight Simulator or Virtual Reality Transporter (cost varies by activity).
  • Discover more about space exploration with St. Louis Space Frontier, The Moon Society, and other astronomical groups.
  • See the night sky with Public Telescope Viewings.

 

Scheduled Activities

 

5:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Building-wide Game

Start at the First Friday Info Table in the Main Lobby. Uncover clues to help you decode a Wakandan message.

 

5:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Boeing Hall South/1

Check out the Guild of the Silent Sword and see Historical African Martial Arts demonstrations.

 

6:00 PM, OMNIMAX/2 | FREE

AfroFuturism: The Origin Story (2022, TV-14, 44 minutes) 

In roundtable discussions, interviews, and archival footage, this Smithsonian Channel special explores Afrofuturism, a genre-spanning artistic and cultural movement celebrating the past and future of Blackness.

6:00 PM, Energy Stage/LL
Live Trivia

Prizes awarded for the winner of each round and overall winner.

 

7:00 PM – Boeing Hall South/1
“The Claws of the Panther” – Historical African Martial Arts with Da’Mon Stith

 

7:00 PM, Planetarium/2
FREE – Star Show: Live Sky Tonight

All tickets to the star show will include an opportunity for telescope viewing! Telescope viewing will take place 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Please check in for telescopes at the Planetarium ticket kiosk before or after the star show.
(45 minutes)

 

8:00 PM, OMNIMAX/2 | FREE

Black Panther (2018, PG-13, 135 minutes)

  • Get your tickets at any box office starting at 5pm on February 3. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each person is allowed up to four tickets for your group.
Trailer

 


 

Answers to Your First Friday Questions

How do I get free tickets? (for shows, presentations, activities, etc.)

  • Get your tickets at any box office. Tickets are 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 showtime to claim your seat. If you decide not to use your ticket, please return it to the Membership Desk in the Main Building Lobby. Tickets turned in for sold-out shows will be redistributed at the Membership Desk until 30 minutes prior to showtime. After this, visitors without tickets may wait in a standby line outside of the show’s venue. We will let in those standing by to fill all seats not claimed by showtime.

 

What are the costume guidelines?

  • We encourage guests to wear costumes!
    We encourage guests to wear costumes! Weapons as part of costumes are subject to the approval of Saint Louis Science Center Security. No firearms or illegal weapons are allowed and if the weapon has a blade, you must have a covering for it. Masks or full-face helmets must be carried into the building.
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Price: First Fridays are free but some activities are ticketed.
Location: Entire Science Center Campus
Ages: All ages are welcome. First Friday activities such as presentations, pop culture trivia, and the OMNIMAX film are primarily designed for visitors 16 years and older.

Please note: First Friday events will follow all existing Saint Louis Science Center health and safety guidelines, including capacity guidelines.

Parking note: $5 preferred parking is available at the Oakland Lot. Science Center members get free parking at the Oakland Lot.

Time

Date:
February 3
Time:
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm