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200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203

July 2017

Design Dayz: LEGO Day at McWane

Saturday, July 8, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Explore amazing LEGO displays by the Magic City LEGO User’s Group. Drop into the LEGO Lab to explore robot programming and stop-motion animation. And visit the Jr. Builders Gallery to see the original creations of young LEGO builders. There will be LEGO Challenges and building activities all throughout the Adventure Halls. Plus LEGO Caricatures by Kevin!

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Happy Birthday McWane!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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McWane Science Center opened for business 19 years ago today – enjoy the museum and the IMAX at the prices you did in 1998.

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Design Dayz: Art at McWane

Saturday, July 15, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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What does math have to do with art? Discover the connection between computation and creativity through video game design, stop motion animation, and mathematical art. Then put your skills to the test and explore our summer exhibit, Design Zone.

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Design Dayz: Music Fest at McWane

Saturday, July 22, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Rock out at this music festival of mathematical proportions in celebration of our summer exhibit, Design Zone. Become a DJ or design and play instruments all while discovering that math behind the music. Of course, no music festival is complete without musical performances.

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World Water Day

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Make a splash and come explore beneath the waves. Learn how fish breathe underwater, how hermit crabs find a shell, and what a sting rays favorite food is. All varieties of underwater creatures get their special day in the sun as we celebrate World of Water Day with unique aquatic activities, educational programs and a special IMAX/Adventure Hall $10 ticket.

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Design Dayz: Motion

Saturday, July 29, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Capture the momentum of our summer exhibit, Design Zone, and use your skills to build a Rube Goldberg machine, create a marble run, compete in a derby car race, and more!

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August 2017

Homeschool Day at McWane

Monday, August 14, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Is your child a home school student looking for a fun and educational way to spend the day? Plan a trip to McWane Science Center on Home School Day! There will be special programs, live science demonstrations, give-aways and a discounted ticket price.

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Member Monday

Monday, August 14, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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On the 2nd Monday evening of every month, McWane Science Center opens its doors from 5 to 8 pm to its members for special FREE member-only programming. Reserve your family’s spot today for Member Monday by calling (205) 714-8414. Additionally, a dinner of chicken fingers, mashed potatoes and green beans is available for advanced purchase. Dinner reservations must be made the Friday before each Member Monday event. The cost of dinner is Adults: $8, Children: $5. Payment must be made

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Sun-Day on Saturday

Saturday, August 19, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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The sun is so bright, you’ll have to wear shades. Join us for a day of solar exploration as we gear up for the solar eclipse on August 21. Learn more about this spectacular phenomenon as well as design your own devices to safely view the eclipse.

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Eclipse Day at McWane

Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Look up in the sky, it’s the sun…and the moon! You are invited to the solar eclipse viewing partying on top of the McWane’s parking deck. The partial eclipse will begin around 11:00am and will peak at about 12:30pm. Safety viewing glasses will be available.

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September 2017

Grandparents Day at McWane

Sunday, September 10, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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What would we do without our grandparents? They instill us with love, wisdom and a steady supply of Werther’s Originals. In honor of their special day, grandparents get in free on this day

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Member Mondays at McWane

Monday, September 11, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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McWane Science Center opens its doors from 5 to 8 PM to its members only to enjoy the Adventure Halls all to themselves. Reserve your family’s spot today by calling (205) 714-8414. Hungry? A dinner of chicken fingers, mashed potatoes and green beans is available for advanced purchase. The cost of dinner is Adults: $8, Children: $5.  Dinner orders may be placed when you make your reservation.  Payment must be made at time of reservation and will not be available

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Boy Scout Day at McWane

Saturday, September 23, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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The Boy Scouts is one of America’s most cherished institutions, providing skills to young people for over 100 years. McWane wants to honor these adventurers with their own special day which includes discounted admission and special programming. $7 for Scouts | $2 programming | FREE for parents and troop leaders.

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October 2017

Member Monday at McWane

Monday, October 9, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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McWane Science Center opens its doors from 5 to 8 pm to its members for special FREE member-only programming. Reserve your family’s spot today for Member Monday by calling (205) 714-8414. Additionally, a dinner of chicken fingers, mashed potatoes and green beans is available for advanced purchase. Dinner reservations must be made the Friday before each Member Monday event. The cost of dinner is Adults: $8, Children: $5. Payment must be made at time of Reservation and will not be

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McWane After Dark: Mad Science

Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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McWane After Dark is back and ready to celebrate Friday the 13th with spine tingling science. Come dressed in your best Halloween costume and enjoy the haunting sounds of our ghost DJ. Ghouls and gals will have a spooky-good time at this exclusive 21+ event where you can eat, drink, and be scary! What’s Halloween without a little MAD Science? Admission includes access to three levels of McWane Adventure Halls, light snacks, MAD science interactive activities, photo booth, drink ticket

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Girl Scout Day at McWane

Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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The Girl Scouts is one of America’s most cherished institutions, providing skills to young people for over 100 years. McWane wants to honor these adventurers with their own special day which includes discounted admission and special programming. $7 for Scouts | $2 programming | FREE for parents and troop leaders.

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An Evening at Hogwarts

Friday, October 27, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Calling all muggles: Grab your wizard robe and cross Platform 9 ¾ to McWane’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Enjoy a fish and chips dinner in the Great Hall before heading to class to explore the science of magic! Make your own wizard wand, concoct potions, attend flying lessons, and more! After class is dismissed, enjoy a special showing of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in the IMAX Dome. It’s a magical night you won’t want to miss!

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Spooky Science at McWane

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Creep on down to McWane this Halloween and get your hands on some slime, meet creepy crawlers and learn the science behind some tricks and treats

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November 2017

Homeschool Day at McWane

Monday, November 6, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Is your child a home school student looking for a fun and educational way to spend the day? Plan a trip to McWane Science Center on Home School Day! There will be special programs, live science demonstrations, give-aways and a discounted ticket price: FREE for homeschool parents, $7 for kids, and $6 for accompanying adults. Land & Sea Animals 9:00 am – 5:00 pm — Animals and the Environment (City Gallery, Level 2) Stop by Science on a Sphere to learn

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December 2017

Jingle Bell Breakfast at McWane

Saturday, December 9, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Bring your little elves for a Merry Morning at McWane! Head to the North Pole where you will enjoy a hot holiday breakfast, make festive crafts, and have a very special visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus! When breakfast is over, take a ride down the slide and head to the IMAX Dome for a private showing of Santa vs. the Snowman. Ticket includes same day admission. Make your reservation today for this family favorite holiday event. Time: Breakfast @

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Polar Express PJ Party at McWane

Saturday, December 9, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 2:00 pm, repeating until Sunday, December 10, 2017

McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Join us for a journey beyond your imagination aboard the Polar Express! Slip on your PJs and visit with Santa over a cup of hot cocoa and cookies. Then it’s time to “believe” as you experience Polar Express on the IMAX Dome. A special keepsake will be given to all children 12 and under who wear their pajamas. $20 | $5 discount for members IMAX @ 1:00 or 3:00 pm

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Member Monday Holiday Party at McWane

Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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As our gift to all of our members and donors this holiday season, you and your family are invited to our complimentary Holiday Celebration! Decorate your own holiday cookies, make holiday crafts and take a magical voyage in our Magic of Model Trains exhibit. RSVP your family’s spot today by emailing membership@mcwane.org or calling (205) 714-8319.

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Jingle Bell Breakfast at McWane

Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Bring your little elves for a Merry Morning at McWane! Head to the North Pole where you will enjoy a hot holiday breakfast, make festive crafts, and have a very special visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus! When breakfast is over, take a ride down the slide and head to the IMAX Dome for a private showing of Santa vs. the Snowman. Ticket includes same day admission. Make your reservation today for this family favorite holiday event. Time: Breakfast @

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Noon Year’s Eve at McWane Science Center

Sunday, December 31, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Celebrate the New Year early at Noon Year’s Eve Celebration! Enjoy a spectacular science demonstration and dance the afternoon away as we count down to 2017 with a sparkling juice toast and a very special surprise to welcome in the “noon” year! This is one New Year’s celebration everyone can stay up for!

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January 2018

Home School Day

Monday, January 8, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Is your child a home school student looking for a fun and educational way to spend the day? Plan a trip to McWane Science Center on Home School Day! There will be special programs, live science demonstrations, give-aways and a discounted ticket price: FREE for homeschool parents, $7 for kids, and $6 for accompanying adults. This month’s theme is Math in the Museum.

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Dinner on the Dark Side at McWane

Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Enjoy dinner on the darkside before heading to Jedi training where you will discover the science of Star Wars, explore the forces of the galaxy, and have a special meet and greet with Star Wars characters! Plus, enjoy a special screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Tickets $25. To purchase tickets, please call Reservations at 205-714-8414. Schedule 6:00 – 7:30 pm – Dinner 7:00 – 9:30 pm – Programming  10:00 pm – Star Wars: The Last Jedi Screening

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Frankenstein’s Workshop McWane Science Center

Saturday, January 27, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Join us as we celebrate the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. We’ll explore the intersection between science fiction and today’s science advancements in electricity, robotics, synthetic biology and human enhancements.

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February 2018

Beaker Bash The Great Outdoors

Saturday, February 3, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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McWane Science Center will present our annual fundraiser, Beaker Bash—a beloved tradition for Birmingham area families. During the 2018 event ‘Beaker Bash: The Great Outdoors!’, visitors will discover the amazing science that awaits them in their own backyard. Event activities will encourage families to search the grass and the soil to explore animal and insect habitats, make smores under the stars, and plant your own garden as you find out there is more to your backyard than you could ever

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Darwin Day at McWane Science Center

Monday, February 12, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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The mission of International Darwin Day is to inspire scientific thinking and curiosity. McWane will celebrate by exploring the scientific method as well as the animal adaptations of some of our amazing animals.

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Big Machines Day

Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Get your motors running and head over to McWane Science Center for a truckload of fun. Spend a constructive day getting up close and personal with some big machines.

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March 2018

Member Monday at McWane

Monday, March 12, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Quarterly, McWane Science Center opens its doors from 5 to 8 pm to its members for special FREE member-only programming. Reserve your family’s spot today for Member Monday by emailing membership@mcwane.org.

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Einsteins’s Birthday and Pi Day at McWane Science Center

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Color & Light, Demonstration Station – 10:30am Explore how light interacts with matter and tip your party hat to the founder of modern physics, Albert Einstein, as we celebration his birthday. Squishy Circuits, Explore – 11:30am Bring your clay creations to life by completing an electric circuit with conductive and insulation dough. LN2 Ice Cream, Classroom 303 – 12:30pm Happy Birthday Einstein! Wish the father of modern physics a happy 139th birthday with some liquid nitrogen ice cream. Don’t forget

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St Paddy’s Day Science at McWane Science Center

Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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No luck of the Irish required, just plain ol’ science to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

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May 2018

May the Fourth be with You at McWane Science Center

Friday, May 4, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, Star Wars hit the big screen. Celebrate Star Wars with themed programming at McWane on this special day in May.

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Mother’s Day at McWane Science Center

Sunday, May 13, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Where would we be without our Moms? So, on May 13, let us honor the special ladies with free admission to McWane.

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Dino Days at McWane

Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 9:00 am - Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Join us for a roaring good weekend as we celebrate dinosaurs! Visit the Dinosaurs in Motion exhibit, see rare specimens in the Museum’s collections, look for fossils, and dig into hands-on activities and special dinosaur programs. Meet a Paleontologist! Meet McWane Science Center’s very own paleontologist, Jun Ebersole, on Saturday 1:00 to 3:00 pm and on Sunday, 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Bring a fossil (one only please) to be identified, ask questions, and learn about Alabama’s ancient past. Other activities

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National Paper Airplane Day at McWane Science Center

Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Put the Engineer Design Process to the test and build the best paper airplane. Will your airplane fly the farthest or get the most “air time?” Explore the science behind flight in this high-flying day!

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June 2018

Super Slimy Saturday

Saturday, June 2, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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It’s the slimiest day of the year at McWane Science Center! Join us for lots of ooey gooey fun as educators conduct slimy experiments. Dare to take the plunge on the Slip n’ Slime!

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Homeschool Day at McWane

Monday, June 4, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Is your child a home school student looking for a fun and educational way to spend the day? Plan a trip to McWane Science Center on Home School Day (first Monday of each month)! There will be special programs, live science demonstrations, give-aways and a discounted ticket price: FREE for home school parents, $7 for kids, and $6 for accompanying adults.

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Teacher Appreciation Day at McWane

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, June 27, 2018

McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Thank you to the teachers! We want you to enjoy McWane Science Center with your family this summer – not just on a field trip with your students. Each Wednesday in the month of June, teachers get in free (please show teacher ID card/identification) and receive a goody bag, enter a drawing for a chance to win prizes, and receive a ticket discount ($6 for adults $7/$12 for kids) for your family (up to 5 people).

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Member Monday at McWane

Monday, June 11, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Quarterly, McWane Science Center opens its doors from 5 to 8 pm to its members for special FREE member-only programming. Reserve your family’s spot today for Member Monday by emailing membership@mcwane.org.

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Teacher Appreciation Day at McWane

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, June 27, 2018

McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Thank you to the teachers! We want you to enjoy McWane Science Center with your family this summer – not just on a field trip with your students. Each Wednesday in the month of June, teachers get in free (please show teacher ID card/identification) and receive a goody bag, enter a drawing for a chance to win prizes, and receive a ticket discount ($6 for adults $7/$12 for kids) for your family (up to 5 people).

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LEGO Day at McWane Science Center

Saturday, June 16, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Celebrate all things LEGO! Explore amazing LEGO displays and take on LEGO Challenges and building activities throughout the Adventure Halls.

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Teacher Appreciation Day at McWane

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, June 27, 2018

McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Thank you to the teachers! We want you to enjoy McWane Science Center with your family this summer – not just on a field trip with your students. Each Wednesday in the month of June, teachers get in free (please show teacher ID card/identification) and receive a goody bag, enter a drawing for a chance to win prizes, and receive a ticket discount ($6 for adults $7/$12 for kids) for your family (up to 5 people).

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Throwback Pricing at McWane

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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As a special offer to our visitors this year, on the 20th of every month, we will THROW BACK the prices, meaning admission to McWane will be the same price as what it was when we opened 20 years ago in 1998. Pretty cool, right? Adventure Halls Kids: $6 | Adults: $7 | Senior: $6 Combo Ticket Kids: $9 | Adults: $10 | Seniors: $9

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Teacher Appreciation Day at McWane

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, June 27, 2018

McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Thank you to the teachers! We want you to enjoy McWane Science Center with your family this summer – not just on a field trip with your students. Each Wednesday in the month of June, teachers get in free (please show teacher ID card/identification) and receive a goody bag, enter a drawing for a chance to win prizes, and receive a ticket discount ($6 for adults $7/$12 for kids) for your family (up to 5 people).

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July 2018

Star Spangled Science at McWane

Monday, July 2, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until Thursday, July 5, 2018

McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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We are celebrating the 4th of July the only way we know how – with science and wonder. Experience the science of fireworks in our star-spangled live Combustion show and participate in patriotic demonstrations including red, white, and blue slime and a liquid firework display!

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Star Spangled Science at McWane

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until Thursday, July 5, 2018

McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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We are celebrating the 4th of July the only way we know how – with science and wonder. Experience the science of fireworks in our star-spangled live Combustion show and participate in patriotic demonstrations including red, white, and blue slime and a liquid firework display!

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Star Spangled Science at McWane

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until Thursday, July 5, 2018

McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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We are celebrating the 4th of July the only way we know how – with science and wonder. Experience the science of fireworks in our star-spangled live Combustion show and participate in patriotic demonstrations including red, white, and blue slime and a liquid firework display!

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Star Spangled Science at McWane

Thursday, July 5, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until Thursday, July 5, 2018

McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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We are celebrating the 4th of July the only way we know how – with science and wonder. Experience the science of fireworks in our star-spangled live Combustion show and participate in patriotic demonstrations including red, white, and blue slime and a liquid firework display!

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Everest Weekend at McWane

Thursday, July 12, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Cool off with special ‘Everest’ themed programming throughout the Adventure Halls and enjoy $10 ‘Everest’ Combo Tickets.

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McWane Birthday Bash

Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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McWane opened its doors to the public on July 11, 1998, and we have been sparking wondering and curiosity in the Birmingham community and beyond ever since! We’re inviting you to help us celebrate this special occasion with a two-day birthday bash! Join us for some incredible demonstrations, interactive activities, and of course cake!

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McWane Birthday Bash

Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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McWane opened its doors to the public on July 11, 1998, and we have been sparking wondering and curiosity in the Birmingham community and beyond ever since! We’re inviting you to help us celebrate this special occasion with a two-day birthday bash! Join us for some incredible demonstrations, interactive activities, and of course cake!

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Throwback Pricing at McWane

Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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As a special offer to our visitors this year, on the 20th of every month, we will THROW BACK the prices, meaning admission to McWane will be the same price as what it was when we opened 20 years ago in 1998. Pretty cool, right? Adventure Halls Kids: $6 | Adults: $7 | Senior: $6 Combo Ticket Kids: $9 | Adults: $10 | Seniors: $9

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Summer Star Party at McWane

Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Join us on the parking deck roof for a free star gazing party with the Birmingham Astronomical Society. Identify the summer constellations, and catch a glimpse of the July half-moon, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. The astronomical fun begins at 9pm.

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Everest Weekend at McWane

Saturday, July 28, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Cool off with special ‘Everest’ themed programming throughout the Adventure Halls and enjoy $10 ‘Everest’ Combo Tickets.

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August 2018

Back to School Weekend at McWane

Saturday, August 4, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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As the lazy days of summer wind down, it’s time to start thinking about going back to school. But before you completely forget about the summer, return to McWane for one final weekend of fun.

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Back to School Weekend at McWane

Sunday, August 5, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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As the lazy days of summer wind down, it’s time to start thinking about going back to school. But before you completely forget about the summer, return to McWane for one final weekend of fun.

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Throwback Pricing at McWane

Monday, August 20, 2018
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203

As a special offer to our visitors this year, on the 20th of every month, we will THROW BACK the prices, meaning admission to McWane will be the same price as what it was when we opened 20 years ago in 1998. Pretty cool, right? Adventure Halls Kids: $6 | Adults: $7 | Senior: $6 Combo Ticket Kids: $9 | Adults: $10 | Seniors: $9

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First Responders Day at McWane

Saturday, August 25, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Honor the service of Birmingham’s real-life superheroes. Meet local first responders, and learn about the everyday science that helps them tackle their daily jobs.

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September 2018

Itty Bitty Magic City Promotion Day

Saturday, September 8, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Did you graduate from Kindergarten in May? You are invited to the Itty Bitty Magic City Promotion Party. Graduates will receive a certificate, graduation photo, and a special play time in Itty Bitty before McWane opens. Then grab a scavenger hunt and check out the McWane Makers public programs and activities outside of Itty Bitty Magic City. Adventure Halls Only Adults (13-64) $13 Kids (2-12) $9 Seniors (65+) $12 Combo Tickets (Adventure Halls + IMAX) $18 / $14 / $16

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October 2018

Homewchool Day at McWane

Monday, October 1, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Is your child a home school student looking for a fun and educational way to spend the day? Plan a trip to McWane Science Center on Home School Day (first Monday of each month)! There will be special programs, live science demonstrations, give-aways and a discounted ticket price: FREE for home school parents, $7 for kids, and $6 for accompanying adults.

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An Evening at Hogwarts

Friday, October 19, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 5:15 pm, repeating until Saturday, October 20, 2018

An event every day that begins at 3:00 pm, repeating until Saturday, October 20, 2018

McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Calling all witches, wizards, and muggles: Grab your wizard robe and cross Platform 9 ¾ to McWane’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Enjoy dinner in the Great Hall, make your own wizard wand, concoct potions, attend flying lessons, and more!  After class is dismissed, grab your complimentary popcorn and drink as you view a special showing of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in the IMAX Dome.  It’s the wizarding event of the year that you won’t want to

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An Evening at Hogwarts

Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 5:15 pm, repeating until Saturday, October 20, 2018

An event every day that begins at 3:00 pm, repeating until Saturday, October 20, 2018

McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Calling all witches, wizards, and muggles: Grab your wizard robe and cross Platform 9 ¾ to McWane’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Enjoy dinner in the Great Hall, make your own wizard wand, concoct potions, attend flying lessons, and more!  After class is dismissed, grab your complimentary popcorn and drink as you view a special showing of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in the IMAX Dome.  It’s the wizarding event of the year that you won’t want to

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An Evening at Hogwarts

Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ 5:15 pm - 10:15 pm
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An event every day that begins at 5:15 pm, repeating until Saturday, October 20, 2018

An event every day that begins at 3:00 pm, repeating until Saturday, October 20, 2018

McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Calling all witches, wizards, and muggles: Grab your wizard robe and cross Platform 9 ¾ to McWane’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Enjoy dinner in the Great Hall, make your own wizard wand, concoct potions, attend flying lessons, and more!  After class is dismissed, grab your complimentary popcorn and drink as you view a special showing of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in the IMAX Dome.  It’s the wizarding event of the year that you won’t want to

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November 2018

Turkey Science at McWane

Monday, November 19, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until Wednesday, November 21, 2018

McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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As Thanksgiving Day approaches, it’s time for Turkey Science, the only science activity that features November’s favorite bird.

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Turkey Science at McWane

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until Wednesday, November 21, 2018

McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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As Thanksgiving Day approaches, it’s time for Turkey Science, the only science activity that features November’s favorite bird.

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Turkey Science at McWane

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until Wednesday, November 21, 2018

McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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As Thanksgiving Day approaches, it’s time for Turkey Science, the only science activity that features November’s favorite bird.

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December 2018

Make It at McWane

Saturday, December 1, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Join McWane Makers to create, make, and craft holiday gifts for friends and family. Uncover the science behind the art of soap making, bath bombs, plastic fusing, and more. Maybe you’ll even make something for yourself.

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Santa’s Gingerbread Workshop at McWane

Saturday, December 8, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 2:00 pm

McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Build a new holiday tradition with McWane Science Center at the inaugural Santa’s Gingerbread Workshop. Create an unforgettable experience as you engineer your very own edible masterpiece with fresh baked gingerbread and decorations from the candy buffet. Bring your imagination and leave the clean-up to us! Take a break from construction to visit Santa over a cup of hot cocoa and cookies. At the end of the workshop, enjoy a ride on the holiday train before you head home with

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Santa’s Gingerbread Workshop at McWane

Saturday, December 8, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 2:00 pm

McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Build a new holiday tradition with McWane Science Center at the inaugural Santa’s Gingerbread Workshop. Create an unforgettable experience as you engineer your very own edible masterpiece with fresh baked gingerbread and decorations from the candy buffet. Bring your imagination and leave the clean-up to us! Take a break from construction to visit Santa over a cup of hot cocoa and cookies. At the end of the workshop, enjoy a ride on the holiday train before you head home with

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Santa’s Gingerbread Workshop

Saturday, December 15, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 2:00 pm

McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Build a new holiday tradition with McWane Science Center at the inaugural Santa’s Gingerbread Workshop. Create an unforgettable experience as you engineer your very own edible masterpiece with fresh baked gingerbread and decorations from the candy buffet. Bring your imagination and leave the clean-up to us! Take a break from construction to visit Santa over a cup of hot cocoa and cookies. At the end of the workshop, enjoy a ride on the holiday train before you head home with

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Santa’s Gingerbread Workshop

Saturday, December 15, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 2:00 pm

McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Build a new holiday tradition with McWane Science Center at the inaugural Santa’s Gingerbread Workshop. Create an unforgettable experience as you engineer your very own edible masterpiece with fresh baked gingerbread and decorations from the candy buffet. Bring your imagination and leave the clean-up to us! Take a break from construction to visit Santa over a cup of hot cocoa and cookies. At the end of the workshop, enjoy a ride on the holiday train before you head home with

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Noon Year’s Eve

Monday, December 31, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Celebrate the New Year (a few hours early!) at our Noon Year’s Eve Celebration! Enjoy a Spectacular Science Demonstration, and dance the afternoon away as we count down to 2019 with a sparkling juice toast and a very special surprise to welcome in the “noon” year!

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February 2019

Big Machines Day

Saturday, February 16, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Get your motors running and head over to McWane Science Center for a truckload of fun. Spend a constructive day getting up close and personal with some big machines.

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March 2019

Dr Seuss Day at McWane

Saturday, March 2, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish! Join us for some Seuss science!

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May 2019

Home School Day at McWane

Monday, May 6, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Is your child a home school student looking for a fun and educational way to spend the day? Plan a trip to McWane Science Center on Home School Day (first Monday of each month)! There will be special programs, live science demonstrations, and a discounted ticket price: FREE for home school parents, $7 for kids, and $6 for accompanying adults.

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Working Dog Day at McWane

Saturday, May 11, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Come meet and celebrate local working dogs; see our newest IMAX film, ‘Superpower Dogs’, which showcases the accomplishments of dogs with jobs.

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Mother’s Day at McWane

Sunday, May 12, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Where would we be without our Moms? So, on May 12, let us honor the special ladies with free admission to McWane.

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Weather Fest at McWane Science Center

Saturday, May 18, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Join the WBRC First Alert Weather Team on the Plaza along with other special guests to learn about all things weather. See special tools used to detect and predict weather, and meet your favorite WBRC Fox 6 personalities.

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June 2019

World Oceans Day at McWane

Saturday, June 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Join us at McWane Science Center to celebrate World Oceans Day with upcycling crafts and projects designed to help prevent plastic pollution. We will also feature ocean animal encounters and sea creature feedings. Together we can protect and restore our ocean. Programming 10:00 – 11:00 — Bottle Cap Keychains, Level 1: Demonstration Station 11:00 — Shark & Ray Feeding, Lower Level: Shark & Ray Touch Tank 11:30 — Capsize, Level 2: Itty Bitty Magic City 11:30 — Ocean Animal Encounter, Lower Level: Aquascape Theater

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Teacher Appreciation Days at McWane

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, June 26, 2019

McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Thank you to the teachers! We want you to enjoy McWane Science Center with your family this summer – not just on a field trip with your students. Teachers get in free (please show a teacher ID/insurance card) plus get a special discount for family members.

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LEGO Day at McWane

Saturday, June 15, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Join us in celebrating the creativity and inventiveness of LEGO bricks! Spend the day playing LEGO-themed games, conquering building challenges, exploring technology with LEGO robotics and checking out remarkable creations of the Magic City LEGO User Group. Combine LEGO bricks, technology, and great ideas—and let your imagination run wild!

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Father’s Day at McWane

Sunday, June 16, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Superman is pretty cool, but we all know who the real hero is – Dad. To honor fathers everywhere, “Dear Old Dad” gets in free on Father’s Day with the purchase of a child’s admission.

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Teacher Appreciation Days at McWane

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, June 26, 2019

McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Thank you to the teachers! We want you to enjoy McWane Science Center with your family this summer – not just on a field trip with your students. Teachers get in free (please show a teacher ID/insurance card) plus get a special discount for family members.

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Therapy Dog Day Out at McWane

Sunday, June 23, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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One event on Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 12:00 pm

McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Are you a service or therapy dog looking for something to do? Bring your favorite human to McWane Science Center to enjoy a day of wonder and curiosity. Grab your cape and get tickets to watch fellow Superpower dogs in our IMAX Dome Theater.

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Teacher Appreciation Days at McWane

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, June 26, 2019

McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Thank you to the teachers! We want you to enjoy McWane Science Center with your family this summer – not just on a field trip with your students. Teachers get in free (please show a teacher ID/insurance card) plus get a special discount for family members.

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July 2019

Therapy Dog Day Out at McWane

Sunday, July 28, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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One event on Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 12:00 pm

McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Are you a service or therapy dog looking for something to do? Bring your favorite human to McWane Science Center to enjoy a day of wonder and curiosity. Grab your cape and get tickets to watch fellow Superpower dogs in our IMAX Dome Theater.

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August 2019

Therapy Dog Day Out at McWane

Sunday, August 18, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Are you a service or therapy dog looking for something to do? Bring your favorite human to McWane Science Center to enjoy a day of wonder and curiosity. Grab your cape and get tickets to watch fellow Superpower dogs in our IMAX Dome Theater.

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September 2019

Homewschool Day at McWane

Monday, September 2, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Is your child a home school student looking for a fun and educational way to spend the day? Plan a trip to McWane Science Center on Home School Day (first Monday of each month)! There will be special programs, live science demonstrations, and a discounted ticket price: FREE for home school parents, $7 for kids, and $6 for accompanying adults. Engage in Engineering Learn about the difference fields of engineering while engaging in design challenges throughout the science center. Programming

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When Dinosaurs Ruled the Arts

Saturday, September 7, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Join the ASC and McWane for a dinosaur playdate! This will be a Jurassic paradise for dinosaur-loving families and full of activities. And this is just the beginning of the excitement as the Alys Stephens Center brings dinosaurs to life in Birmingham with DINO-LIGHTS on September 20th. This family day is free to all McWane Science Center Members. For all others, day passes can be purchased at the McWane Center day-of in their lobby.

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First Responder’s Day

Saturday, September 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Honor the service of Birmingham’s real-life superheroes. Meet local first responders*, and learn about the everyday science that helps them tackle their daily jobs. *First Responders will receive half price admission with a valid ID for up to 5 family members.

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Storm McWane

Friday, September 20, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Bring your little Alien and storm McWane. Come in peace, dressed in your extraterrestrial best, September 20-22 and receive $5.10 off a combo ticket for General Admission to the Adventure Halls + Apollo 11: First Steps in the IMAX Dome Theater. Out of this world programming will be transmitted over this frequency shorty, so stay tuned.

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Storm McWane

Saturday, September 21, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Bring your little Alien and storm McWane. Come in peace, dressed in your extraterrestrial best, September 20-22 and receive $5.10 off a combo ticket for General Admission to the Adventure Halls + Apollo 11: First Steps in the IMAX Dome Theater. Out of this world programming will be transmitted over this frequency shorty, so stay tuned.

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Storm McWane

Sunday, September 22, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Bring your little Alien and storm McWane. Come in peace, dressed in your extraterrestrial best, September 20-22 and receive $5.10 off a combo ticket for General Admission to the Adventure Halls + Apollo 11: First Steps in the IMAX Dome Theater. Out of this world programming will be transmitted over this frequency shorty, so stay tuned.

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February 2020

Homeschool Day at McWane

February 3 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Is your child a home school student looking for a fun and educational way to spend the day? Plan a trip to McWane Science Center on Home School Day! There will be special programs, live science demonstrations, and a discounted ticket price: FREE for homeschool parents, $7 for kids, and $6 for accompanying adults.

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Sweet Science

February 14 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 10:00 am

McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Science never tasted so sweet! Join us for Valentine’s Day and the tastiest activities.

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Sweet Science

February 15 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 10:00 am

McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Science never tasted so sweet! Join us for Valentine’s Day and the tastiest activities.

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Big Machines Day

February 15 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Get your motors running and join us at McWane Science Center for a truckload of fun. Spend a constructive day getting up close and personal with some big machines. Big Machines Day is brought to you by CraneWorks.

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Beaker Bash at McWane Center

February 29 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Have you ever wondered how lightning works? Or why snowflakes never look alike? Find out the answers to questions like these and more at McWane Science Center’s biggest party of the year! You are invited to join us and your favorite meteorologists* as incredible, one-of-a-kind activities rain down all over McWane during this one-night-only event! Your family will be blown away at the amazing experiences and great food you’ll find as you explore our exhibit halls in a way you’ve

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