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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


July 21 - August 8

In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. At the end of this heroic mission, 330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers were safely evacuated. Christopher Nolan designed Dunkirk for IMAX - capturing a large portion of the film on IMAX cameras, the…

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World of Water Day

July 26

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

July 29

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

Back to School Special

August 1 - August 6

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 week of fun. Special Discount: $10 Combo Tickets available all day!

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Home School Day

August 14 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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 program, live science demonstrations, give-aways and a discounted ticket price.

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Member Monday

August 14 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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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Birmingham Sci Cafe

August 15 @ 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 Great American Eclipse: On August 21st, a solar eclipse will be visible across the United States.…

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