SciFest: One Giant Leap

On July 21, 1969, Apollo 11 left the surface of the moon for its return trip to Earth. Celebrate the historic moon landing, and meet local experts in aviation, aerospace and planetary science. 

SciFest allows visitors to the Saint Louis Science Center to meet local scientists, engineers and other experts for a behind-the-scenes look at real science. You can explore new fields, find new hobbies and meet the people who are doing amazing things in our own backyard.

SciFest is free and open to all. July 21, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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SciFest: Paws and Claws

Our furry, feathered, scaly and shelled friends visit the Saint Louis Science Center along with the professional who care for them each and every day. At SciFest: Paws and Claws, visitors can meet the animals, learn about careers with animals and how to get involved in local volunteer groups.

SciFest is free and open to all. 

9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Saint Louis Science Center. General admission is free. 

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Public Missions at the Challenger Learning Center

You and your kids can learn about space, science, the solar system and lots more in a fun, hands-on way during Public Missions at the Challenger Learning Center. Simulated Space missions are geared for families with kids ages 6 and up, and some for families with kids ages 11 and up.

Missions include Lunar Quest, Junior Mars and Planetarium, Rendezvous with a Comet, Expedition Mars, Return to the Moon and the Junior Astronaut Program.

After a brief training session, participants will be launched into space to complete their mission. Crew members aboard the space craft will work with their teammates in Mission Control to navigate the spacecraft, collect and analyze data using real robotic arms and glove boxes, build and launch a probe, and more. Junior Astronauts will make rockets and participate in a simulated space mission.

Public Missions are two hours long and require advance registration. Cost is $15 per person. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

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Science Storytime with Ready Readers

Little ones can enjoy an interactive reading of a science-themed story followed by a related hands-on activity. A different book is featured each week. This storytime is presented by Ready Readers.

Held on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. at the Saint Louis Science Center, lower level at Center Stage.

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Locations: St. Louis

Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission Exhibit Opens at the Saint Louis Science Center

The Saint Louis Science Center is one of four science museums nationwide to host “Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission,” a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. that opens at the Science Center on Saturday, April 14.

The exhibition will feature the Apollo 11 command module Columbia, marking the first time in 46 years the module has left the museum, as well as 20 artifacts from the historic mission. 

“St. Louis played a vital role in the Space Race, with McDonnell-Douglas serving as a key leader in the development of the Mercury and Apollo mission technology,” said Bert Vescolani, president and CEO. “We are honored to have the opportunity to host this exhibition, which represents an iconic period in our country’s history. We are the only museum in the Midwest to host this exhibition, which is so special for the city of St. Louis. We feel very honored because we know that for many people this will be a once- in-a-lifetime chance to see these artifacts.

In addition to the Apollo 11 command module Columbia, the only portion of the historic spacecraft to complete the first mission to land a man on the moon and safely return him to Earth, the exhibition will feature:

Star Chart: The chart shows the positions of the sun, moon and stars at the time Apollo 11 was scheduled to leave Earth’s orbit and head for the moon. 

Rucksack #1, Survival Kit: One of two rucksacks filled with equipment to help the crew survive for up to 48 hours in the event of an emergency landing somewhere on Earth. The kit includes three water containers, a radio beacon and spare battery, three pairs of sunglasses, six packages of desalting chemicals, a seawater desalter kit, two survival lights, a machete and two bottles of sunscreen.

Aldrin’s Extravehicular Visor: Buzz Aldrin wore this outer helmet while on the surface of the moon. It fit over his clear pressure-bubble helmet.

Aldrin’s Extravehicular Gloves: These gloves have an outer, cut-resistant shell of Chromel-R fabric across the hands to prevent fatal air leaks caused by handling sharp objects and gauntlets to protect against solar heating. The blue fingertips were made of silicone rubber to provide more sensitivity for touching.

Vescolani said, “‘Destination Moon’ will help visitors of all ages to appreciate the accomplishment of the Moon Landing and all of the work that went into making it happen. We hope the exhibition inspires our guests to think about what is next in space discovery. Perhaps one of them will play a role in exploring Mars and beyond.” 

The exhibit is open during regular Science Center hours. 

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Physics Family Fun Day

Calling all families of middle schoolers! Learn the physics of behind sharks, cheetahs, electric fish and more at this free Family Fun Day. You'll learn about the physics of all of these super animals through experiments and hands-on activities. 

This free event is sponsored by the Washington University Department of Physics Outreach Committee. Saturday, March 24, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Washington University's Danforth Campus, Crow Hall, Room 201. Free. Students must be accompanied by an adult.


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Mad Science of St. Louis


Does your child dream of being a scientist? Robotics engineer? Secret agent? Mad Science provides fun, hands-on science camps for ages 5 to 12 at locations across the St. Louis metro area that will spark your child's imagination this summer! Mad Science of St. Louis offers more than 35 week-long camps that allow your child to touch, see, hear, smell and taste what science is really all about. This hands-on approach not only teaches children about the wonderful world of science, it also gets them excited about applying scientific concepts to real-life situations. Read More

The teen brain is an amazing thing – especially when it’s hard at work learning about itself. Through the St. Louis Area Brain Bee (SLABB) on Feb. 17, Washington University and the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) are giving future researchers, physicians, and scientists the chance to get up close and personal with the human brain and discover what truly makes us tick – all while they compete for great prizes.

Robotics Day at The Magic House

Teams from FIRST Robotics will be at The Magic House to showcase their amazing robots in action!

Kids can get inspired by some of the coolest inventors in town as well as get a chance to test drive their own robots, and learn more about FIRST Robotics.

May 19 from 9:30 to 1:30 at The Magic House. Free with admission.

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Parent & Child Science Saturday

Enjoy science-themed fun for kids ages 3-6 with a parent at this free Science Saturday at Forsyth School. Science Saturdays combine stories and science activities in Forsyth's Early Childhood Center. Activities are led by Forsyth science teachers, and everyone has science-inspired fun!

Parent & Child Science Saturdays are free and open to all. You do not need to be a Forsyth parent to attend. This is not a drop-off event. Reservations are required.

9:30 to 11 a.m. on March 10.

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Locations: St. Louis County