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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!

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Entire Campus
Science Center Studios Backstage Pass

Want to learn what goes into making movies? Visit sound stages, take Filmmaking 101 classes, and try activities throughout the campus to get stamps on your pass. When you have four stamps, go to the Cinema St. Louis table in the main building; the first 100 people to complete their pass will receive Cinema St. Louis prizes.

6:30 pm & 7:30 pm, T. Rex Meeting Room/LL
Science Center Studios Screening Room

Watch the finalists in the St. Louis Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Film Festival and cast your vote for the Audience Choice Award.

6:30 pm & 8:30 pm, Life Science Lab Classroom/1, GROW Meeting Room/1, GROW Classroom/GROW
Filmmaking 101s

Learn from the experts about different facets of the filmmaking process, including screenwriting, special effects, make-up, directing, and more. See the Scheduled Activities section of this program for details. Space is limited. Register at the table outside each classroom to reserve your spot!

9pm, OMNIMAX Theater/2
St. Louis Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Film Festival, Award Ceremony

See all of the finalists and learn which films have won prizes!

Ongoing Activities, 6-9pm

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At Sound Stage A learn how to work a camera and help shoot a scene in Science Center Studios upcoming film, Dinosaurs in Space.

Visit the Costume Department and work with costumers from The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Archon.

At the Archives and Museum of Optometry table, learn how contact lenses and glasses have transformed actors.

Check out the Movie Arcade to try games from local game developers and Game Nite.

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At Sound Stage C learn how to light a scene and help shoot it for the upcoming Science Center Studios film, Invasion of the Axolotls.

Visit the Science Center Studios Gift Shop and Lounge in Boeing South to relax, have a drink, and shop for movie-themed items from our creative partners.

Talk with filmmakers from Webster University, who have helped create all of tonight’s sound stages.

Visit our new exhibition, Destination Moon.
$5 for Adults and $4 for Children; Members receive free admission! Last entry at 8pm. TR $


At Sound Stage D learn how to create visual effects and help shoot a scene in Science Center Studios’ upcoming film, Epidemic.

Visit the Fermentation Station for local beer, wine, and food.

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In addition to your favorite movie snacks, don’t miss tonight’s food and drink specials in The Loft!

At Sound Stage H learn how to direct and help shoot a scene in Science Center Studios upcoming film, EarthSHAKE!


Help make props in the Makerspace Prop Department.

Talk with Prop Master Scott Pope at work in the Maker Garage.

See The Rep’s Prop Artisan, Jennifer Horton, create movie props.

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.
  • Check out a collection of R2D2s from St. Louis Space Frontier and the Moon Society.
  • Purchase your own lightsaber from Bryan’s Custom Lightsabers.
  • Create a stop-motion animation Star Wars scene with the UMSL Technology Learning Center.

Scheduled Activities

6:30pm, OMNIMAX/2 TR $

All tickets $6, $5 for college students with valid id
(2018, 40 minutes)

6:30pm, Filmmaking 101s

  • Special Effects Makeup, Life Science Lab/1
  • Directing, GROW Meeting Room/1
  • Visual Special Effects, GROW Classroom/GROW

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, Filmmaking 101s

  • Screenwriting, Life Science Lab Classroom/1
  • Using Improv to Develop Movie Scenes, GROW Meeting Room/1
  • Independent Film Music, GROW Classroom/GROW

7:30 pm, Filmmaking 101s

  • Special Effects Makeup, Life Science Lab/1
  • Visual Special Effects, GROW Classroom/GROW
  • Producing, GROW Meeting Room/1

8:00 pm, Filmmaking 101s

  • Film Criticism, GROW Classroom/GROW
  • Screenwriting, Life Science Lab Classroom/1
  • Using Improv to Develop Movie Scenes, GROW Meeting Room/1

9:00 pm, OMNIMAX/2 TR
St. Louis Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Film Festival, Award Ceremony

10:00pm, Planetarium/2 TR
Ed Wood

(1994, R, regular screen format, 127 minutes)
Note: This film is rated R for some strong language.

Plan to attend these upcoming First Fridays!

June 1 – Jurassic World
July 6 – Star Trek
August 3 – Arthurian Legends
September 7 – Harry Potter

Answers To Your First Friday Questions

Tell me about Science Center Studios Backstage Pass!

Pick up your backstage pass in the Main Building or Planetarium lobbies. Your pass will help you access movie sound stages, Filmmaking 101 classes, and other activities. When you have collected four stamps, bring your pass to the Cinema St. Louis table to collect a prize. The first 100 people to turn in a completed pass will receive a special prize from Cinema St. Louis.

What are Filmmaking 101s?

These 20 to 30 minute classes are an opportunity to learn more about different aspects of filmmaking. Learn about directing, special effects, make-up, reviewing movies, and more! Classes take place every half hour, from 6:30pm to 8pm, and are located in the Life Science Lab Classroom/1, GROW Meeting Room/1, and GROW Classroom/GROW. Sign up outside each room to reserve your spot!

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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