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July 2017


July 21 - August 31

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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Design Dayz: Music Fest

July 22 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 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— student musicians from Rock Band League of Birmingham's Mason Music, jazz band Handle with Care, Shaheed & DJ Supreme, and Redharp will all be showcasing their talent live on stage. Also, join in with interactive performances from…

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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. Educational Programming Schedule 11:00 am —  Science of Sharks, Aquascape 12:00 pm —  Beach Combing, Aquascape 1:30 pm — Gulf Feeing,…

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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 - 5:00 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 programs, live science demonstrations, give-aways and a discounted ticket price: FREE for homeschool parents, $7 for kids, and $6 for accompanying adults.

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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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Sun-day on Saturday

August 19 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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. Programming Schedule Sun Station – 10am-12pm (weather permitting), Plaza UV Bracelets and Sunlight Prints Harness the power of the sun and UV rays with these creative light-driven projects. Eclipse Tattoos – 10am-6pm (ongoing),…

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Eclipse Day

August 21 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Look up in the sky, it’s the sun…and the moon! You're invited to spend your day with McWane for the eclipse viewing party on top of the McWane’s parking deck on Monday, August 21st. The day will begin at 9:00 am with special programming inside the museum beginning at 10:30. The top level of the parking deck will be open for guests to watch the eclipse at their leisure. A limited number of viewing glasses will be available, to those who…

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