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May 2017

Design Zone

May 27 - September 4

Get ready for McWane's Summer exhibit. Design Zone is a highly interactive exhibition where visitors can explore a variety of creative concepts to learn the tools needed to create a successful design.

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Ride the Slide

May 29 - August 6

Ride the slide all summer at McWane! One of McWane Science Center’s most popular exhibits, the Slide, will be open for our summer programming.

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Military Discount for Blue Star Museums

May 29 - September 4

Blue Star Museums offers FREE admission to active duty military, including Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, National Guard and Reserve members, with up to five family members. To learn more please visit This offer does not include IMAX movies or parking. Offer valid through Labor Day, September 4, 2017.

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July 2017

4th of July

July 4

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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Design Dayz: Lego Day

July 8

July 8th is LEGO Day at McWane! 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!

July 11

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

July 15

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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Teens and Tech: Maker Lab

July 15 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Explore the power of making! We will meet local Makerspace artist, experience the Design Zone exhibit and explore making 3-D doodlers, circuit kits and more! Come prepared to make, tinker and tweak! This program is free-of-charge and open to 6th – 12th graders. Registration is required and seats are limited! Contact the Reservations department at (205) 714-8414 to sign up!

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Birmingham Sci Cafe

July 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
John’s City Diner, 112 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N
Birmingham, AL 35203 United States
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Join other science geeks (and science novices) for an exciting presentation, lively discussion and a little science trivia at John’s City Diner in downtown Birmingham (112 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N). All SCI Cafes are free to the public and no science background is required. The fun begins at 6 pm with science trivia, then continues with the guest speaker at 6:30 pm. The James Webb Space Telescope: From mirrors to expanding materials, find out the story behind the design…

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Design Dayz: Music Fest

July 22 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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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