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First Friday at the Science Center: Mars Base 2076

  • Saint Louis Science Center 5050 Oakland Avenue St. Louis, MO, 63110 United States (map)

First Friday at the Saint Louis Science Center

Unless otherwise noted $, all activities are free. Free parking on First Fridays! All items marked with a TR require tickets. Tickets for free screenings and presentations available at any box office, starting at 6pm.

6:30pm Living in the Age of Airplanes $ TR ($6; $5 for college students with id) OMNI/2
7:30pm Magnificent Desolation $ TR ($6; $5 for college students with id) OMNI/2
8:30pm Doctor Who: “The Waters of Mars” (62 minutes, 2005) FREE! TR OMNI/2
10pm The Martian (2015, 144 minutes) FREE! TR OMNI/2
Introduced by Astronaut and HI-SEAS IV crew member Dr. Sheyna Gifford

6:30pm Amazing Science Demonstration CenterStage/LL
7pm Planetarium Show: The Sky Tonight FREE! TR Planetarium/2
8:15pm Exploring Mars: Past, Present, and Future FREE! TR Planetarium/2
Special Presentation with planetary scientist and Mars One Astronaut Candidate Zachary Gallegos

7pm First Friday Trivia – limited seating; sign up in The Loft. The Loft/2
7-9:15pm Coloring at First Friday The Loft/2
Coloring Finalists announced at The Loft at 9:30pm.


First Floor - 1
Play Ares 3.1 and see if you can science the “Watney” out of this challenge!
Try night soil gardening in the Life Science Lab
Check out collectibles and art from local crafters.
Test out games from local game developers.
Get a massage from Wellness Choice. 

Second Floor - 2
Experience what it is like to build and program a rover in Mission Mars: Control. 
Learn more about Geekinomicon StL, Extra Life, AnimeSTL, and Pixelpop! The Loft/2
Find out how you can participate in the Bright Ideas Expo and Archon Makerspace/2
Check out the local robotics scene and how you can get involved with ROBOMO. Makerspace/2
Tinker with Arch Reactor and Inventor Forge . Makerspace/2

Experience Flight: Test out our flight simulators – $5 and $7
Public Telescope Viewing – weather permitting (Archery Field) – beginning at 7:30pm
Learn to navigate in space with the St. Louis Space Frontier and Moon Society. 
CosmoQuest needs experts like you! Learn how you can help with real astronomy research!
Make rockets with the Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis.
See what it takes to live on the Red Planet in Mission Mars: Base.

Boeing Hall (Main Building, First Floor)
FREE ENTRY to Above and Beyond! Don’t miss the last First Friday opportunity to tour this exhibition! Last entry at 8pm

Answers to Your First Fridays’ Questions

Tell me about the special presentation, Exploring Mars: Past, Present, and Future
Enjoy a special presentation by Mars 2020 Rover Landing Site Team member and Mars One program candidate, Zachary Gallegos, a planetary scientist specializing in geology. Learn from Zachary what it takes to get rovers and humans to Mars
How does First Fridays’ Trivia work?
To play, register as an individual or with a team at 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!

What is Coloring at First Friday?
Revisit your childhood and take up the trending grown-up activity with Coloring at First Friday! Each month, color a page designed to match the month’s theme, and submit your masterpiece for a chance to win prizes! Winners are selected from submissions, and all submissions are available to take home following the selection. Winners announced at 9:30pm.

How do I get free tickets for the Planetarium Show, special presentation, episodes, and 10pm movie?
Get your tickets at any box office, starting at 6pm. Tickets are free and 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 showtime to claim your seat. If all tickets have been given out, visitors can wait in the stand-by line. At showtime, we will let people waiting in the stand-by line into the theater, to fill all empty seats.

Plan to attend these upcoming First Fridays!

June 3 Bring Back Firefly!
July 1 Enter the Matrix
August 5 Journey to Middle Earth
September 2 Happy 50th, Star Trek!