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Upcoming Events

Fri 24

Science First Fridays

May 24 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Fri 31

Science First Fridays

May 31 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Jun 07

Science First Fridays

June 7 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Jun 14

Science First Fridays

June 14 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Jun 15

Preschool Discovery Hour

June 15 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am
Jun 21

Science First Fridays

June 21 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Jun 28

Science First Fridays

June 28 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Jun 29

Preschool Discovery Hour

June 29 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am
Jul 05

Science First Fridays

July 5 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Jul 12

Science First Fridays

July 12 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Preschool Discovery Hour – May 18 – Birds

Preschool Discovery Hour is a unique program for preschoolers (ages 3-K). It allows them to informally learn science concepts with their favorite adult, without the pressure of understanding everything. The sessions are fun and hands-on. Each week’s lesson can stand alone, so come when you can and don’t worry when you can’t! No pre-registration is required.

Preschool Discovery Hour is from 10:30 – 11:15 am on select Saturdays. This Saturday, May 18, the topic is birds. 

Preschool Discovery Hour is for children ages 3 years – Kindergarten and their parent or other favorite adult. We allow up to two children per adult. Each child will be charged separately. Preschool Discovery Hour is FREE for Gateway to Science members. Non-Members may pay $7.00 per session. Check the Preschool Discovery Hour schedule for more dates.

Blue Star Museum Program – Free entry for active-duty military families

Gateway to Science is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense.

Blue Star Museums offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve, and their families from Saturday, May 18, 2019, Armed Forces Day, through Monday, September 2, 2019, Labor Day. Free admission good for up to five family members.

Blue Star Museums FAQs include a list of participating museums, accepted IDs, and much more.

STEM Adventure Camp

Gateway to Science will be offering our summer science exploration program, STEM Adventure Camp, for children entering grades 1-5 in the fall of 2019. This summer, we will also be offering two weeks of camp for students entering grades 6-9. Every day of every week is a new adventure, with plenty of fun STEM projects and activities. We do our best to build camp activities around the interests of students registered for each week of camp. In addition, professional scientists may drop in throughout the summer to share STEM lessons and activities to give campers a taste of “real-life” science!

Gateway to Science offers full and half day options, with the first camp week scheduled for May 28-31. Register today!

Science First Friday

Science First Friday is a special time set aside for early learners to be in the gallery exclusively. The Science First – For Early Learners area within the gallery offers age appropriate hands-on activities for ages 0 – 5 and their families focusing on themes such as sorting, building, magnetism, and sensory exploration. Coffee is available during Science First Fridays, or bring your favorite coffee with you (covered containers only, please).

The Science First area is open any time the gallery is open. And on Friday mornings, we offer an EXCLUSIVE hour in the gallery from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. for children birth to 5-years-old and their families. Regular admission rates will apply; members admitted free.

Plan Your Visit

Monday – Thursday:  Noon to 7pm

Friday – Saturday:  10am to 5pm

Sundays:  Closed 

Holiday Closings:  New Year’s Day Memorial Day – Independence Day Thanksgiving Day – Christmas Day


Adult: $8.00
Child (4-17): $5.00
Under 4 Admitted Free with Paid Adult
Members Admitted FREE


Your donation will support Gateway to Science educational programs and help us to inspire the scientist in everyone!

Blog Entries

Expanding a Child’s Interest in STEM

Gateway to Science’s STEM Adventure Camp does not focus on one specific STEM topic each week. We don’t have LEGO® camp or gardening camp, chemistry camp or robotics camp. We have STEM Adventure Camp. And we do this for a reason. When a child registers for STEM...

Bringing STEM Home to Families

Parents can have a powerful impact on their child’s sense of wonder and desire to learn by expressing their own willingness to learn something new. In developing our hands-on exhibits, programs and events, Gateway to Science staff consider how to support not just...

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