1. Live Sky Tonight Show: Planetarium shows make for a very memorable experience and "Live Sky Tonight" happens to be a favorite choice for adults! The show features what is currently visible in the night sky over St. Louis, including constellations, planets, the current moon phase and any other special astronomical events taking place. If you have never experienced a true dark sky, you MUST see this show. The "ahs" are audible when the show presenter transforms the dome from what would be visible from the city to what would be visible in a perfect dark night sky. Planetarium shows are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and FREE for members. More info at slsc.org/planetarium-shows
2. Life Science Lab Activity Benches: The activity benches in the Life Science Lab may sound like a great idea — for kids — when you first learn about them. However, donning a lab coat, safety glasses and gloves in order to complete various experiments that range from DNA extraction to determining blood types crosses all age lines. You can take part in experiments that you never even had the opportunity to do back your school days. Still not sure about the Life Science Lab activity benches? There may be kids around, but you don't have to share your bench with kids. No fear of interference here! The Life Science Lab is a FREE attraction. More information at slsc.org/life-science-lab
3. OMNIMAX Theater: The OMNIMAX Theater features a five-story domed screen. If you have never taken in a beautiful IMAX film in a domed theater, this recommendation will be well worth your time. The picture consumes the entire screen which appears to wrap around you. This summer we are screening "Flight of the Butterflies," "Air Racers" and "Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs." Tip: Try to sit closer to the back and toward the middle of the theater! OMNIMAX Shows are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and FREE with vouchers for members. More information at slsc.org/omnimax-theater
4. Human Adventure: Human Adventure is one of those time-tested and proven attractions for the science center. The entire area is dedicated to your senses and memory, and it is highly interactive. This is quite possibly the gallery most enjoyed by adult visitors. When the exhibits went away during the construction of Boeing Hall, there was an outpouring of visitors asking for the return of the beloved Human Adventure gallery. Visitors continue to spend a lot of time in this area. Human Adventure is one of several FREE attractions. More information at slsc.org/the-human-adventure
5. Amazing Science Demonstrations: Ira & Judy Gall Amazing Science Demonstrations are live shows that take place at CenterStage. Science center staff members mesmerize you with simple yet high impact science experiments that often involve fire, electricity and even liquid nitrogen. So ... kiddos are usually in attendance at these demonstrations, but adults tend to enjoy them, too. As an adult you will definitely walk away having learned something new. Tip: You can also take in a show from the overlook on the First Floor. Amazing Science Demonstrations are FREE for the public. More information at slsc.org/amazing-science-demonstrationsHere are some final tips for you to make the most of your experience. Try visiting later in the day. Usually 2 p.m. or later is a safe bet for missing the high traffic "kid time." If you are visiting in the morning, try perking up your outlook with a good strong latte from our café. Stroll by the Dana Brown Fossil Prep Lab to see if any of the workers or volunteers are preparing real dinosaur fossils. Discussing how they go about preparing the fossils can be fascinating! Also, check out the return of the LASERIUM laser shows while we still have them during the 50th anniversary year of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium. Finally, do consider attending after hour events such as Cheap Date Nights and First Fridays.
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