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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.

This event has passed! Please visit our First Friday page for the current and next events on the schedule!

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 6:00 pm.

Not to Be Missed!

Special Presentation: Peering into a Jurassic World – The New Science of Fleshing Out Dinosaurs

Discover the latest in dinosaur digital reconstruction with the Science Center’s collaborating paleontologist, Dr. Ashley Morhardt, Washington University School of Medicine. Learn about the Visible Interactive Dinosaur Project and how its findings compare to how dinosaurs are depicted in Jurassic World.

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Entire Campus
Play Dinosaurs among Us!

Start the game on the First Floor of the Main Building at the Archon table. Travel throughout the campus to discover Jurassic Park-inspired clues, solve the challenge, and claim your prize!

Ongoing Activities, 6-9pm

Lower Level-LL

Get creative in the Fossil Prep Lab and make your own Dino Masks!

Learn about fossils with the Eastern Missouri Society of Paleontology.

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Visit the Life Science Lab and learn about genetics and evolution with our favorite amphibians, the axolotls.

Visit our First Friday Partners, including Dancakes and Anime St. Louis, in Boeing Hall South at our Dealers’ Room and Lounge and enjoy food and drink specials!

Try some puzzles with Escape the Room St. Louis and learn about their many themed escape rooms.

Explore Triceratops brain research with Washington University in St. Louis.

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


Head out to GROW and learn about our Youth Exploring Science (YES) Program and how paleontology can be integrated into STEM learning.

Sink your teeth into the Titanosaur Burger (1/2 pound burger with bacon jam & American cheese) at the Fermentation Station.

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Don’t miss tonight’s food and drink specials in The LoftMesozoic Mimosa and Volcanic Dino Wings (Spicy Chicken Wings).


Dinosaur? Footprint? Escape Vehicle? What will you create at the Jurassic World Cardboard Build?

Planetarium – Celebrating Star Wars Day!

  • Try 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 reconstructing genomes with the UMSL Technology Learning Center.
  • Discover more about space exploration with St. Louis Space Frontier and The Moon Society.

Scheduled Activities

6:15 pm, CenterStage/LL
Presentation: Here Comes the Dinosaur!

6:30 pm, OMNIMAX/2 TR $
Sea Monsters
All tickets $6, $5 for college students with valid id
(2007, 40 minutes)

7:00 pm, Planetarium/2 TR
Planetarium Show: The Sky Tonight

Free! (45 minutes)

7:00 pm, The Loft/2
First Friday Trivia

Limited seating; sign up in The Loft.

7:00 pm, Main Building Lobby
Dino Flash Mob

7:15 pm, CenterStage/LL
Pavement Portals: Augmented Reality Pavement Art by Chalk Riot and Heavy Projects with Chalk Riot artists Chelsea Ritter-Soronen and Liza Fishbone

8:00 pm, OMNIMAX/2 TR
Special Presentation: Peering into a Jurassic World – The New Science of Fleshing Out Dinosaurs, with Dr. Ashley Morhardt

8:15pm, CenterStage/LL
Dino Lab: Creating CreaturesDino Lab: Creating Creatures with Lion Forge Comics

9:00 pm, T. Rex Meeting Room/LL TR
Geek Universe Radio Show: How Jurassic Park Changed EVERYTHING, with host Jim Yelton

9:00 pm, Planetarium/2 TR
One Million Years B.C.

(1966, not rated, regular screen format, 100 minutes)

10:00pm, Omnimax/2 TR
Journey to the Center of the Earth

(2008, PG, regular screen format, 93 minutes)

Plan to attend these upcoming First Fridays!

July 6 – Star Trek
August 3 – Arthurian Legends
September 7 – Harry Potter
October 5 – The Goonies

Answers To Your First Friday Questions

Tell me more about tonight’s featured speaker, Dr. Ashley Morhardt

Dr. Morhardt is a paleontologist and Assistant Professor of Anatomy in the Department of Neuroscience, Washington University School of Medicine. Known for her research on soft-tissue reconstruction and brain evolution in extinct dinosaurs, Dr. Morhardt’s research methods combine classical anatomy with high-tech CT scanning and 3D modeling to shed light on dinosaur biology. She is committed to promoting and supporting diversity in STEM and to engaging in quality outreach.p>

What is Pavement Portals?

In partnership with Chalk Riot, Heavy Projects and PNC Arts Alive, Art Saint Louis announces the launch of Pavement Portals, a new public art project combining anamorphic pavement art and mobile-driven augmented reality software. Tonight, Chalk Riot artists Chelsea Ritter-Soronen and Liza Fishbone will discuss pavement art as one of the country’s fastest growing public art forms, exploring the potential of public art and technology. The artwork will remain on view at the Saint Louis Science Center through June 15, 2018.

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 purchase tickets for Destination Moon?

Visit any box office!

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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