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Come explore science through the magical world of Harry Potter! Participate in wizarding activities and demonstrations, browse Harry Potter-inspired arts and crafts, and more! See Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, free in the OMNIMAX Theater at 10 pm. #FridayGeekOut

What is First Friday?

Unless otherwise noted by the , all activities are FREE! We will have $5 preferred parking in our Oakland Lot. Members can park in the Oakland Lot for free.* Free parking will be available at the Forest Park Community College garage near the intersection of Oakland and Macklind and free parking in the McDonnell Planetarium lot and around the Planetarium in Forest Park. All items marked with a require tickets. Tickets for free screenings available at any box office, starting at 6pm.

*Members must present their membership card to receive free parking.

Not to Be Missed!

6-9pm, Campus Wide
Building-Wide Game: Triwizard Tournament 2019


6:20 – 9:20pm, GROW Classroom
Magical Escape Room

Presented by Wizible


“I love magic!”

Presentation by Dr. Flo Maätita, Associate Professor of Sociology at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville


Ongoing Activities, 6-9pm

Lower Level-LL

  • Visit with the World Bird Sanctuary to see owls featured in Harry Potter! (T-Rex Room)

First Floor-1

  • Snap a photo at Platform 9 ¾ at the front entrance
  • At the Archon table, sign up to show off your wizard wear for the Harry Potter Mini Masquerade
  • See our special exhibition Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World. Last entry at 8pm. Special First Friday pricing: $8 for Adults; $5 for Seniors, Children (6-12), and Members. Jam out to wizard rock band Tonks and the Aurors at 7pm on the sound stage in Guitar!
  • Stop by Diagon Alley for all your Harry Potter shopping needs (Boeing South).
  • Visit the Room of Requirement in the Life Science Lab Classroom.


  • Use a little bit of magic and a whole lot of brainpower to succeed in the magical escape room from Wizible in the GROW Pavilion. Children under 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult: $10 per person. Tickets available at any box office.
  • Try Tractor Quidditch! Test your Quaffle-scoring skills in this modified version of Quidditch. Ages 12 and up: $4 for a two person team. Tickets available at the Tractor Kiosk in GROW.
  • Get food and drink specials at the Fermentation Station, including butter beer and Mrs. Weasley’s corned beef sandwiches.
  • Make a Potter-themed pancake with Dancakes, brought to you by Anime St. Louis.

The Loft-2

  • Look for food and drink specials at the Loft.


  • Public Telescope Viewing – weather permitting (Archery Field) –night sky viewing beginning at 7pm, with the St. Louis Astronomical Society.

Scheduled Activities

6:20 pm – 9:20 pm, GROW Classroom/1
Magical Escape Room

Presented by Wizible


6:30pm, OMNIMAX/2

Superpower Dogs


7pm, Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World
Tonks and Aurors

Wizard Rock Performance
Included with Guitar exhibition admission


7pm, Planetarium/2
Planetarium Show: Live Sky Tonight

Free! (45 minutes)


7pm, The Loft/2
First Friday Trivia


8pm, Omnimax/2
“I love magic!”

There is a lot in the Harry Potter world that we see in our own: good vs. evil, group affiliation, status hierarchies. Yet there are some things in the wizarding world that we do not see in our own. Are these gaps what we find most attractive about Harry Potter?
Presentation by Dr. Flo Maätita, Associate Professor of Sociology at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville


8pm, Planetarium/2
Planetarium Show: The Astronomical World of Harry Potter
Free! (30 minutes)

Come search the skies and discover the stars and discover what inspired your favorite stories and characters.


9pm, Planetarium/2
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

(2005, PG-13, 157 minutes, regular screen format)


9:15pm, Boeing Hall
Archon Presents: Harry Potter Mini Masquerade

A costume masquerade featuring costumes created by you! Sign up by 8:30pm at the Archon table on the first floor of the Main Building.


10:00 pm, OMNIMAX/2
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

(2005, PG-13, 157 minutes, regular screen format)


Answers to Your First Friday Questions

How does First Friday Trivia work?

  • To play, register as an individual or with a team in The Loft on the Second Floor of the Main Building. Registration begins at 6pm and we can accommodate up to 15 teams with a maximum of 6 people per team. There will be five rounds of trivia, with five questions each round. Prizes for the winners of each round!


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

  • Get your tickets at any box office, starting at 6pm. Science Center Members may use the Member-Only Ticket Line, at the Membership Desk. 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 show time 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 show time. 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 show time.


What are the costume guidelines?

  • We encourage guests to wear costumes! We ask that your costume not interfere with your safety or the safety of others. You may use face paint and partial face-masks. We ask that you carry any full-face masks or helmets while entering and when you are walking through the Science Center. You may wear your headgear while being photographed. 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.
    Plan to participate in tonight’s costume contest, the Harry Potter Mini Masquerade, presented by Archon! Sign up by 8:30pm at the Archon table on the 1st floor of the Main Building.

Plan to attend these upcoming First Fridays!

  • May 3 – Movie Magic
  • June 7 – Marvel’s Defender
  • July 5 – Gladiator


April 5
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


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