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First Friday: Ready Player One

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

Learn more about virtual reality and video games at this game-themed First Friday! #FridayGeekOut


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 6pm.

Not to Be Missed!

6-9pm, Campus Wide

Enter the OASIS Building-Wide Game
Enter the OASIS and decipher riddles to uncover Easter eggs hidden throughout the Science Center. Find all four Easter eggs to discover the passcode to the final location and receive a prize (while supplies last!). Pick up a game sheet at the First Friday information table.

6:30pm, OMNIMAX/2 TR
Atari: Game Over
(66 minutes, Not rated, 2014)
This documentary traces the history of the “worst video game ever made,” E.T. The Extra Terrestrial and the consumer video game crash of 1983. Please note: This film contains adult language.

8pm, Center Stage
Special Presentation – Ethics of a Virtual World with Dr. Keith Miller, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Ongoing Activities, 6-9pm

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See creations from local crafters and artists!

Discover more about virtual reality with the UMSL Technology Learning Center.

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Try video games created by local St. Louis game developers including Graphite Lab, Axol Studio, and Genia Gibson.

Explore the exhibtion GameXPloration and play favorite games from the 1980s.

Check out Dancakes in Boeing South, brought to you by Anime St. Louis.

Try out mind-bending puzzles in the Life Science Lab.

Play games from Game Nite, in the Life Science Lab Classroom.

Visit our special exhibition Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World and explore the science of sound. Special First Friday pricing: $8 for Adults; $5 for Seniors, Children (6-12), and Members.

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Try our food and drink specials!


Knight or Cleric? Create your RPG-style character in the Makerspace Classroom.


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 7pm, 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

6:30pm, OMNIMAX/2 TR $
Atari: Game Over
(2014, NR, 66 minutes, regular screen format)

7pm, Planetarium/2 TR
Planetarium Show: Live Sky Tonight
Free! (45 minutes)

7pm, The Loft/2
First Friday Trivia

8pm, CenterStage/LL
Ethics of a Virtual World with Dr. Keith Miller

9pm, Planetarium/2 TR
Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine episodes

9pm, T.Rex/LL TR
Geek Universe Live! Radio Show: Ready Player One – Book vs. Movie
with host Jim Yelton and special guest Van Allen Plexico

10pm, OMNIMAX/2 TR
Ready Player One
(2018, PG-13, 140 minutes, regular screen format)

Earlier Event: January 31
The Boathouse Wine Dinner By the Fireplace
Later Event: February 2
Bird Walk with Forest Park Forever