It’s the happiest time of all here at McWane Science Center! Let the Magic of Winter begin and see for yourself what makes the season so great! From exciting scavenger hunts for the Grinch himself to the intricately hand-assembled Magic of Model trains exhibit designed by our friends at The Wrecking Crew, there is joy to be found all across McWane for the entire family!

Magic of Model Trains

November 21 - January 3

The holidays are picking up steam at McWane Science Center with the return of our Magic of Model Trains exhibit. How many hidden scenes can your family uncover in this totally loco(motive) exhibit?

McWane Maker's Market

December 5

McWane Science Center is welcoming local makers to come and show off their wares and teach our guests about their specialty skills. Come learn about some neat trades and maybe even wrap up your holiday shopping list!

Grab-A-Grinch & Jingle Bell Hunt

December 16-20

Oh no! The Grinch is trying to steal the magic of IMAX! He has hidden IMAX tickets to The Grinch and Polar Express throughout the whole museum! If you can find a jingle bell or a photo from The Grinch, take it to an elf at Ticketing in the Grand Lobby and you’ll be rewarded with one free ticket to see one of these holiday movies. The search starts on Wednesday, December 16th and runs through Sunday, December 20th.

  • Limit: one (1) ticket per family
  • Time: Dec. 16 – Dec. 20 during regular hours of operation
  • Price: Included with general admission

Polar Express Social

December 18-23

We’ve got the hot chocolate and movie, you show up in your best and most appropriate holiday PJs. The Polar Express is showing in the IMAX Dome from December 18 – 23 and if you come dressed in your favorite pajamas, we will give you a cup of hot chocolate!

Virtual Visit with Santa

December 19-20

Hey kids! Santa is in quarantine to prepare for his big flight on Christmas Eve night. Not to worry though! Santa’s IT elf Gabe is coming to McWane Science Center to set up a super special video chat line for you to talk to Santa! Make sure to bring your list and be prepared to answer one question: “have you been naughty or nice?”