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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.

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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 to 9:00 pm, Entire Campus
Starfleet Academy Game

Do you have what it takes to graduate from the Academy? Test your skills in this building-wide game.

6:30pm, CenterStage/LL
The Human Frontier: Star Trek’s Vision of Humanity with Dr. James Croft, Ethical Society of St. Louis

Star Trek constantly asks us to consider what it means to be human. In this talk, Dr. Croft examines the picture of humanity Star Trek presents and explores how we can live up to its inspiring vision.

8pm, OMNIMAX Theater
Special Presentation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Babylon 5 – Space Stations on a Changing Frontier, with Dr. Margaret Weitekamp, National Air and Space Museum

Dr. Weitekamp will discuss how the space stations depicted in these shows are multicultural meeting places and serve as settings to explore how we interpret our past.

Ongoing Activities, 6-9pm

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Learn about meteorites and compare Earth minerals to extraplanetary objects.

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Shop for Star Trek-themed merch in our Dealers’ Room and Lounge (Boeing Hall South) and enjoy food and drink specials!.

Look for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine photo op!

Try out space-themed board games from Game Nite, in the Life Science Lab Classroom.

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


Check out food and drink specials at the Fermentation Station.

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Don’t miss tonight’s food and drink specials in The Loft.


Test your engineering abilities in this build challenge.


  • 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.
  • Discover more about space exploration with St. Louis Space Frontier and The Moon Society.
  • Engage in citizen science research with CosmoQuest.

Scheduled Activities

6:30 pm, OMNIMAX/2 TR $
All tickets $6, $5 for college students with valid id
(2010, 45 minutes)

6:30 pm, CenterStage/LL
The Human Frontier: Star Trek’s Vision of Humanity with James Croft

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

Free! (45 minutes)

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

Limited seating; sign up in The Loft.

7:00 pm, T-Rex Meeting Room/LL TR
Geek Universe Radio Show with Jim Yelton, Star Trek Showdown: Which Trek Movie is the Best?

8:00 pm, OMNIMAX/2 TR
Special Presentation: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Babylon 5 — Space Stations on a Changing Frontier
with Dr. Margaret Weitekamp, National Air and Space Museum

9:00 pm, Planetarium/2 TR
Star Trek Deep Space 9 episodes: “Far Beyond the Stars” (1998) and “Doctor Bashir, I Presume?” (1997)

(TV-PG, regular screen format, 106 minutes total run time)

9:00 pm, CenterStage/LL
Archon Presents: Star Trek Mini Masquerade

A costume contest featuring costumes created by you! Sign up by 8:30pm at the Archon table on the 1st floor of the Main Building.

9:15 pm, CenterStage/LL
Bob Baker’s Improv Comedy Cabaret

While the costume contest judges deliberate, enjoy Star Trek-themed improv!

10:00pm, Omnimax/2 TR
Star Trek: Beyond

(2016, PG-13, regular screen format, 122 minutes)

Plan to attend these upcoming First Fridays!

August 3 – Arthurian Legends
September 7 – Harry Potter
October 5 – The Goonies
November 2 – Bourne, Bond and Beyond
December 7 Doctor Who

Answers To Your First Friday Questions

Tell me more about tonight’s featured speaker, Dr. Margaret Weitekamp

Dr. Weitekamp is the curator of space-themed popular culture at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum. She oversees more than 5000 individual pieces of space memorabilia and space science fiction objects, including the 11-foot studio model of the original Star Trek starship Enterprise. Her published articles include topics ranging from Apollo 11 commemorative medals, Star Trek’s Lt. Uhura character, Space Shuttle toys, and 1950s’ space-themed television programs. Her book Right Stuff, Wrong Sex: America’s First Women in Space Program (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004; paperback 2006), won the Eugene M. Emme Award for Astronautical Literature from the American Astronautical Society. She is currently writing a new book, a social and cultural history of space memorabilia.

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.

To participate in tonight’s costume contest, sign up at the Archon table on the 1st Floor of the Main Building by 8:30pm.

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