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Kick it old school at our First Friday celebrating all things 1990s. Stop by the Gak Lab, check out Y2K technology, jam out to the greatest hits of the decade, and relive middle school science class with episodes of Bill Nye the Science Guy. See a 90s science fiction film in the OMNIMAX free at 10 pm.


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 6pm.

Not to Be Missed!

6-9pm, Campus Wide
What’s the 411? BINGO!

Play this building-wide BINGO game and learn more about science and technology of the 1990s and how it’s shaped our world today. Pick up a board at our First Friday Info Table on the First Floor.

7:00 PM, Energy Stage/LL
Special Presentation – Prime Time Slime!

Science! Trivia! Slime!


8:15pm, OMNIMAX/2 TR
I Love the 90s: Technology Edition
With Dr. Tom Spudich, Maryville University


Ongoing Activities, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Lower Level-LL

  • Shop from local artist and crafters.
  • Play games with Game Nite in Dino Den.
  • Take on an inflatable bungee basketball game in the 90s Fun Zone in May Hall with the best music hits of the decade motivating you. If that’s not your speed, grab a ribbon dancer or other 90s toy to play with instead.

First Floor-1

  • Explore 90s games in GameXPloration and check your 90s video game IQ.
  • Test your knowledge about animal conservation in the 1990s in the Life Science Lab.
  • Relive the early days of the internet and other 90s tech from UMSL Technology and Learning Center in the GROW Meeting Room.

Second Floor-2

  • Make a friendship bracelet in the Makerspace classroom.
  • Shop from local artists and crafters.
  • Look for food specials—including sushi, dino nuggets, and 90s snacks—and drinks at The Loft!


  • Test out the Blue Motion Simulators, the I-360 Interactive Flight Simulators, and our Virtual Reality Transporter (cost varies by activity).
  • See the night sky with Public Telescope Viewings by the St. Louis Astronomical Society, beginning at 7:00 PM on Archery Field(weather permitting).
  • Discover more about space exploration with St. Louis Space Frontier, The Moon Society and other astronomical groups.
  • Learn about 80’s and 90s robotics with the Webster Groves High School Statesbots Robotics Team.

Scheduled Activities

4:45 PM – 7:00 PM, Main Entraince/1

Visit the Coca-Cola Holiday Caravan to take a trip down memory lane.


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

Free! (45 minutes)


7:00 PM, Loft/2
First Friday Trivia with special guest host, Max Foizey

Registration begins at 6:00 PM and limited to 15 teams of up to 6 people.


7:00pm, Energy Stage/LL
Prime Time Slime!

Watch Science Center staff battle it out in a nostalgic science trivia competition. Pick a side (Blue Barracudas or Silver Snakes) and help them out. Someone will get slimed!


8:15 PM, OMNIMAX/2
I Love the 90s: Technology Edition

Following the famed VH1 TV show set up, we will be discussing the latest and greatest technology during this decade. Topics will include pagers, phones, modems, computers, televisions, cable TV and many other different hardware and software options that were state of the art for the time. It will definitely be an interactive presentation, so please bring your stories about using technology back in the 90s or even today!


8:15pm, Planetarium/2
Planetarium Show: Hubble Trouble (and other 90s Space Stories)

From Hubble to the International Space Station, the 1990s literally changed the way we look at space! This show will highlight the very best of space discoveries and news from the 1990s and how the decade continues to shape our view of the Cosmos. Free! (45 minutes)


9:00 PM, Energy Stage/LL
Geek Universe Live! Radio Show: Game Changing Movies of the 90s
Hosted by Jim Yelton with special guest Max Foizey.


9:15pm, Planetarium/2
Space-themed Science TV of the 90s:

Bill Nye: “Space Exploration” (1997, 30 min)
The Magic School Bus: “Gets Lost in Space” (1994, 26 minutes)
The Magic School Bus: “Out of this World” (1995, 26 minutes)


10pm, Omnimax/2
90s Sci-Fi movie picked by your vote – Men in Black!

(1997, PG-13, regular screen format, 98 minutes)


Answers to Your First Friday Questions

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 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.

Interested in becoming a First Friday vendor?

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Plan to attend these upcoming First Fridays!

  • January 3 – Star Wars
  • February 7 – The Mighty Ducks
  • March 6 – Blade Runner

Price: First Fridays are free but some activities are ticketed.
Parking: Free at the Oakland and McDonnell Planetarium Lots
Location: Entire Science Center Campus
Ages: All ages are welcome. First Friday activities such as presentations, pop culture trivia, and the 10 pm OMNIMAX film are primarily designed for visitors 16 years and older.


December 6
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


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