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First Friday at the Science Center – Star Wars

January 3, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Geek out on the first Friday of every month!

Step into a galaxy far, far away. Experience special photo ops and costume characters from the 501st Legion and learn about Star Wars science from Dr. Patrick Johnson, author of The Physics of Star Wars. Begin or end your evening with a showing of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in the OMNIMAX® Theater at a special First Friday price! #FridayGeekOut

Know before you go:

Please arrive early and plan ahead for parking. We will have $5 preferred parking in the Oakland Lot. Members can park in the Oakland Lot for free.*

Free parking will be available at the Forest Park Community College garage near the intersection of Oakland and Macklind and free parking in the McDonnell Planetarium lot and around the Planetarium in Forest Park.

*Members must present their membership card to receive free parking.

What is First Friday?

Unless otherwise noted by the , all activities are FREE! All items marked with a require tickets. Tickets for free screenings available at any box office, starting at 6pm.

Not to Be Missed!
6-9pm, Campus Wide
Heroes of the Resistance Building-Wide Game
Step into the role of a Resistance hero and complete your mission to earn your medal (while supplies last). Start at the First Friday Info Table on the First Floor.

8:00pm, OMNIMAX/2
The Physics of Star Wars with Dr. Patrick Johnson
Photo ops, Campus Wide
Explore the building to picture yourself in Star Wars settings, brought to you by the 501st Legion. You will even find some familiar characters along the way.

Ongoing Activities, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
First Floor-1
Visit the Droid Workshop, featuring the St. Louis R2 Builders, in the Life Science Lab Classroom.
Test your aim at Blast a Trooper and shop from local artist and crafters.
Check out Star Wars games from Game Nite (GROW Meeting Room).
Lower Level-LL
Pose in the trash compactor and shop from local artists and crafters in the Jakku Marketplace (May Hall).
Strike your best pose at the Death Star hallway photo op or in the Emperor’s Throne
GROW Pavilion-1
Check out local game developers to try out a new game.
Pose by a rebel ship photo op background.
Second Floor-2
Take a picture in front of Cloud City and shop from out-of-this-world artists and crafters.
OMNIMAX/The Loft-2
Don’t miss the real lightsaber and Stormtrooper helmet props used in filming the Star Wars episodes in the OMNIMAX Lobby.
Take a photo with a half-scale TIE Fighter and to-scale Snowspeeder.
Test out the Blue Motion Simulators, the I-360 Interactive Flight Simulators, and our Virtual Reality Transporter (cost varies by activity).
See the night sky with Public Telescope Viewings by the St. Louis Astronomical Society, beginning at 7:00 PM on Archery Field(weather permitting).
Discover more about space exploration with St. Louis Space Frontier, The Moon Society and other astronomical groups.
Learn about robotics with the Webster Groves High School Statesbots Robotics Team.
Scheduled Activities
4:00 PM, OMNIMAX/2
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
See the new movie at our First Friday discounted rate: $11.95. (2019, 141 minutes)


6:30pm, GROW Classroom/1
Star Wars Cross Stitch!
Discover the basics of cross stitch by making a simple Star Wars design. Patterns will be available for beginners as well as more advanced levels. Classes last 20 minutes and run every half hour beginning at 6:30pm. $5 for non-members, $2 for members. All materials provided.

7:00pm, Energy Stage/LL
LudoSport Lightsaber Demonstrations
Come watch members of the St. Louis club give demonstrations of this lightsaber combat martial art. Learn more about the sport and how you can get involved.

7:00 PM, Planetarium/2
Planetarium Show: Live Sky Tonight
Free! (45 minutes)

7:00 PM, T-Rex/LL
First Friday Trivia with special guest host, Max Foizey
Registration begins at 6:00 PM and limited to 15 teams of up to 6 people.

8:00pm, Energy Stage/LL
Meet the Legions
Learn about the Star Wars Costuming groups—the 501st Legion, Rebel Legion, Mandalorian Mercs, and R2 Builders—including what they do and how to join the ranks of the local chapters.

8:00 PM, OMNIMAX/2
Special Presentation: The Physics of Star Wars
Have you ever wondered how the Death Star works? How shields can stop artillery, but droids can walk right through? This talk will offer possible explanations of these scenes and more. This will be an enjoyable talk for anybody who is a fan of Star Wars, physics, or both.

8:15 PM, Planetarium/2
Planetarium Show: Worlds of Star Wars
Join us for a star show that will explore our backyard skies to search for real-life counterparts of worlds in Star Wars. Free! (30 minutes)

9:00 PM, Energy Stage/LL
Geek Universe Live! Radio Show
Hosted by Jim Yelton

9:00pm, Energy Stage/LL
Galactic Fashion Show, hosted by Archon
A fashion show featuring costumes created by you! Sign up by 8:30pm at the Archon Table (Main Building/First Floor)

9:30pm, Planetarium/2
The Prequels Strike Back: A Fan’s Journey Documentary
(2018, 80 minutes, not rated, contains brief language)


January 3, 2020
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Saint Louis Science Center
5050 Oakland Avenue
Saint Louis, 63110 United States
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(314) 289-4400