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First Friday is the Science Center’s premier experience for adults. Many activities are designed with individuals age 16 or older in mind. Families are welcome to enjoy the activities using parental discretion.

Unless otherwise noted $, all activities are FREE! Free parking on First Fridays! All items marked with a TR require tickets. Tickets for free screenings available at any box office, starting at 6pm.

Not to Be Missed!

8:00 pm, OMNIMAX/2 TR
Special Presentation: The Art and Magic inside The Dark Crystal

Author and popular culture historian Caseen Gaines takes you behind the scenes in the creation of this classic fantasy film as he shares highlights from his newest book, The Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History.

6 – 9pm, Entire Campus
Play the Crystal Quest!

An earthquake has rocked Thra and knocked the Crystal out of alignment. Gather information throughout the Science Center campus and then journey to the Crystal Chamber (T. Rex Meeting Room/LL) to see if you can engineer a solution before the next Conjunction!

Ongoing Activities, 6-9pm

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Check out the work of local crafters and artists including St. Louis Caricature Artists, The Weird Sisters, and STL Brick Fanatics.

Learn how crystals grow in the Prep Lab.

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Create your own puppet with the Puppet Guild of Greater St. Louis, Inc.

Take a closer look at puppets from the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis’ traveling children’s’ troupe, the Imaginary Theatre Company.

Find out how robots and puppets are similar and different, from ROBOMO.

Try out archaeology and adventure board games from Game Nite, in the Life Science Lab Classroom.

See what local hackers from Arch Reactor have 3D printed from the world of The Dark Crystal.

Learn more about the animals that inspired the Skeksis and make a Skeksis-inspired headpiece in the Life Science Lab.

Play The Dark Crystal Board Game and other fantasy and adventure games from Game Nite, in the Life Science Lab Classroom.


Party with the Podlings in GROW and mak your own musical instrument

Learn about costumes and make-up with Anime St. Louis.

Test out new games developed by members of the St. Louis Game Developer Co-op.

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Look for tinight’s food and drink specials in The Loft! Try a Gin Henson – and feast on roasted nebrie and mashed merkeep.

See more local crafters and artists, including Fred’s Fandom Fashion, Spiral Fae Accents, and Magpie’s Masquerie.


See local puppeteer Stan Gulick of Peppy Puppet Troupe at work in the Maker Garage.

Make a shadow puppet in the Makerspace Classroom.


  • Test out the Blue Motion Simulators ($5 for Non-Members and Members) the I-360 Interactive Flight Simulators ($7/$6 for Members) and our new Virtual Reality Transporter ($10/$9 for Members).
  • Public Telescope Viewing – weather permitting (Archery Field) – night sky viewing beginning at 8pm, with the St. Louis Astronomical Society.
  • Learn about exoplanets like Thra and how to prepare for the next solar eclipse with the St. Louis Space Frontier and The Moon Society.

Scheduled Activities

6:30pm, OMNIMAX/2 TR $
Amazon Adventure

All tickets $6, $5 for college students with valid id
(2013, 40 minutes)

6:30pm, CenterStage/LL
Amazing Science Demonstration: Special Effects

7pm, Planetarium/2 TR
Planetarium Show: The Sky Tonight

Free! (45 minutes)

7pm, The Loft/2
First Friday Trivia

Limited seating; sign up in The Loft.

Special Presentation by Caseen Gaines: The Art and Magic inside The Dark Crystal

Book signing with Caseen Gaines, author of The Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History

9pm, Planetarium/2 TR
The Muppet Show Episodes featuring Vincent Price and Alice Cooper

(1977-78, TV-G, regular screen format, 48 minutes total run time)

9pm, CenterStage/LL
Puppet Performances by the Puppet Guild of Greater St. Louis

  • Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Wolfe, performed by Stan Gulick, Peppy Puppet Troupe
  • The Hungry Head, a shadow puppet show and Punch and Judy, a hand puppet show, both performed by Daniel Romano, Blackberry Puppets

10pm, OMNIMAX/2 TR
The Dark Crystal – newly remastered with an introduction by Cheryl Henson

(1982, PG, regular screen format, 93 minutes)

Plan to attend these upcoming First Fridays!

May 4 – Movie Magic, Featuring the St. Louis Science Fiction and Fantasy Film Festival
June 1 – Jurassic World
July 6 – Star Trek

Answers To Your First Friday Questions

Tell me more about tonight’s featured speaker, Caseen Gaines.

Caseen Gaines is an author, director, educator, and popular culture historian. His latest book, The Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History, is the definitive collection of rare artwork, interviews, and on-set photos from the beloved Jim Henson fantasy classic. His first book was the award-winning Inside Pee-wee’s Playhouse: The Untold, Unauthorized, and Unpredictable Story of a Pop Phenomenon. He has also written about A Christmas Story and the Back to the Future trilogy. Gaines can most frequently be seen in the classroom, where he teaches high school English, and working for Hackensack Theatre Company, the non-profit he co-founded in New Jersey, where he lives.

What is The Puppet Guild of Greater St. Louis, Inc.?

The Guild is open to anyone interested in puppetry whether performer, technician, or audience. Though family-oriented, younger children may not be able to participate in all aspects of the Guild’s work. Learn more at

How does First Friday Trivia work?

To play, register as an individual or with a team in the Loft. We can accommodate up to 15 teams. 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! Thanks to our partner Johnnie Brock’s Dungeon for providing costumes for Science Center staff.

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.

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