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Learn the real science behind science fiction at our First Friday events!
First Friday favorites like public telescope viewings, scifi trivia and special prices for OMNIMAX® films are a staple at every event. Tickets for the free 10 pm show are available starting at 6 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 pm sci-fi film, 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!
March 2: Indiana Jones
Dig into a night of exploration and adventure at our March First Friday! Do real life archaeologists find mounds of treasure and risk their lives in the name of discovery? Dr. Chris Begley, an archaeologist known as “the real-life Indiana Jones,” will answer these and other questions as he recounts his adventures. You will also learn about excavations here in Missouri and how you can work like an archaeologist in your own backyard. End the night by seeing Indy in action in Raiders of the Lost Ark, free in the OMNIMAX Theater!
April 6: The Dark Crystal
The Dark Crystal, the beloved Jim Henson fantasy classic, provides the inspiration for this First Friday as we welcome Caseen Gaines, author of Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History. Learn about the creative journey and groundbreaking techniques that brought the film to the screen. Also, learn about the art and science of puppet-making and puppetry.
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.
June 1: Jurassic World
July 6: Star Trek
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
Thanks to our partner Johnnie Brock’s Dungeon for providing costumes for Science Center staff.