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Geek out on the first Friday of every month!

Learn the real science behind science fiction at our First Friday events!

Each month has a different theme, features free hands-on activities and culminates with a free 10 pm screening of a classic science fiction movie in the OMNIMAX® Theater.

First Friday favorites like public telescope viewings, sci-fi trivia and special prices for OMNIMAX® films are a staple at every event. Tickets for the free 10:00 pm show(10:00 pm show is regular film format, it is not an IMAX® Presentation) are available starting at 6:00 pm on the evening of the First Friday event and are distributed on a first come, first served basis.

First Friday activities such as presentations, sci-fi trivia, 10:00 pm sci-fi film(10:00 pm show is regular film format, it is not an IMAX® Presentation), etc. are primarily designed for adults and recommended for audiences 16 years and older. Our public telescope viewings and free 7 pm Planetarium Show are recommended for all ages.

Do you want to participate in First Fridays as a partner?  Fill out our application and apply and be one of our First Friday partners/vendors!

Upcoming First Friday Dates and Themes

Next Event

August 3: Arthurian Legends

September 7: Harry Potter

October 5: The Goonies or Stranger Things

November 2: Bourne, Bond and Beyond

December 7: Doctor Who

Past Events

July 6: Star Trek
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and explore the past and future of human space exploration. Special guest Dr. Margaret Weitekamp, curator of space-themed popular culture at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, will compare real space stations to those in Star Trek and Babylon 5.

View the full schedule for Star Trek First Friday!

June 1: Jurassic World
Explore the science behind the dinosaurs of Jurassic World. Also, look for an inflatable T. Rex flash mob and don’t miss a free regular format screening of Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) in the OMNIMAX Theater at 10 pm.

View the full schedule for Jurassic World First Friday!

May 4: Movie Magic, Featuring the St. Louis Science Fiction and Fantasy Film Festival
Calling all who love movies! Join us for the first St. Louis Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Film Festival, a regional film competition presented by the Science Center and Cinema St. Louis. In addition to screening entries in the competition, you will have backstage access to movie magic! Learn about cinematography, special effects, editing, directing, lighting, costuming, and set design, by giving it a try! At the end of the evening, winners of the film competition will be announced and screened in the OMNIMAX Theater.

View the full schedule for the Film Festival!

Thank you to our First Friday sponsors:

Thanks to our partner Johnnie Brock’s Dungeon for providing costumes for Science Center staff.

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