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Backyard Science Days

When: August 16 & 17; Noon-4pm

Science can happen in a lab, science can happen in space and science can happen in your own backyard! Come to the Maryland Science Center’s 9th annual Backyard Science Days for a day of animal encounters and hands-on activities.

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DIYSci
Summer—made by you

Who: Adults, Educators, Families & Kids, Members Where: Maryland Science Center When: July - Labor Day How Much? Free with paid admission

Put your brain on manual in July and August with DIYSci—a summer-long celebration of hands-on science. Everywhere you go, the Science Center will be featuring activities, crafts, and engineering challenges throughout the building—and every day it changes.

Simple Machines

Who: Recommended for ages 7+ Where: The Shed at the Maryland Science Center When: July 28 - August 3 How Much? Free with paid admission

Levers, ramps, pulleys, screws, wheels, and wedges – simple machines are used all around us!  Come learn all about them and use everyday materials to create a chain reaction around the Shed.

Fridays After Five

Who: Adults, Educators, Families & Kids, Members Where: Maryland Science Center When: Every Friday 5-8pm July 11 through August 29 How Much? $9 admission, including an IMAX ticket

Admission for Fridays After Five includes the permanent exhibit halls, planetarium, and IMAX Theater on Friday evenings beginning at 5:00pm. All visitors pay just $9 for admission during Fridays After Five.

Patio Party

Who: Adults, Families & Kids, Members Where: Maryland Science Center When: August 1, 2014 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join the Maryland Science Center this summer for Patio Parties. Bring the family, neighbors, and your friends for adult beverages, family-friendly live bands and light fare outside on the Science Center’s waterfront patio.

Friday Night Stargazing in the Observatory

Who: Adults, Educators, Families & Kids, Members Where: The Observatory When: Every Friday Night, 7:00-10:30pm How Much? Free to the public

Venture out to our urban rooftop Observatory to view the night sky as our staff help you find planets and constellations. The Observatory is open every Friday night, weather permitting. Stargazing is free and open to the public, admission to the Science Center is not required. Please phone 410.545.2999 before your visit to check on viewing conditions.

Sungazing Saturdays

Who: Adults, Educators, Families & Kids, Members Where: The Observatory When: Every Saturday, 1:00-4:00pm How Much? Free with paid admission

Safely look at the Sun and its features–such as sunspots and prominences–through a special set of filters on our telescope. The Observatory is open to museum visitors every Saturday, weather permitting, and admission is included in general Science Center admission. Please phone 410.545.2999 before your visit to check on viewing conditions.

Flying Contraptions

Who: Recommended for ages 7+ Where: The Shed at the Maryland Science Center When: August 4-10 How Much? Free with paid admission

Make it fly! Come join us as we build aerodynamic objects such as kites and airplanes and test out different materials in our wind tubes.

Patio Party

Who: Adults, Families & Kids, Members Where: Maryland Science Center When: August 8, 2014 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm How Much? Free

Join the Maryland Science Center this summer for Patio Parties. Bring the family, neighbors, and your friends for adult beverages, family-friendly live bands and light fare outside on the Science Center’s waterfront patio.

DIY Workshop: Sewing

Who: Ages 10+ (under 16 must be participating with an adult) Where: The Shed at the Maryland Science Center When: August 9, 2014 10:30 am - 12:30 pm How Much? $15 per sewing machine, maximum two participants per machine

Join the Maryland Science Center in The Shed for Introduction to Sewing and learn some sewing basics. This workshop will cover patterning, how to use a sewing machine, and using different types of fabrics. Advance registration required.

Tiny Boat Regatta

Who: Families & Kids, Members Where: Maryland Science Center When: August 9, 2014 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm How Much? Boat builders receive free admission, plus free admission for 3 boat crew members.

Join the Maryland Science Center as we cheer on our Tiny Boat Regatta participants! Participants have picked up a kit from us and designed a boat to race down our 10 foot track. Please note that advance registration was needed to receive a boat kit and enter in the competition. The competition is now full.

Wearables

Who: Recommended for ages 7+ Where: The Shed at the Maryland Science Center When: August 11 - 15 How Much? Free with paid admission

How do we design for wearables? Join us as we engineer different solutions to making things fit on the body such as jewelry, hats and more.

Soft Circuit Competition Registration Opens

Who: Families & Kids Where: Maryland Science Center When: August 11, 2014 How Much? Free to register and admission on the competition date will be free for participant and up to 3 team members.

Get hands on with the Maryland Science Center for our Soft Circuit Competition! Soft circuits blend the use of conductive materials and electrical components with craft materials and fabrics to make exciting art pieces, clothing, and toys. We will provide tips and a kit of supplies—you take care of the rest. Advance registration required.

Mixology: The Science of Whiskey

Who: 21+ only Where: The Shed at the Maryland Science Center When: August 14, 2014 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm How Much? $50 per person ($45 for members)

This event is sold out. Participants will experience an interactive tasting of different whiskeys while exploring the history of American whiskey and learning the laws of bourbon.

Forensics Friday

Who: Adults, Educators, Families & Kids, Members Where: Maryland Science Center When: August 15, 2014 11:00 am - 3:00 pm How Much? Free with paid admission

From fingerprints to facial recognition, DNA to drones—Forensic Science plays an increasingly important role in our everyday lives. Forensics Friday at the Maryland Science Center brings together real science, real technology, and the real people who use the tools of forensic science.

Seed Bombs

Who: Recommended for ages 7+ Where: The Shed at the Maryland Science Center When: August 16 and 17 How Much? Free with paid admission

A special activity in The Shed for Backyard Science Days. Does your backyard have barren patches? Portable and fun to make, seed bombs are a great way to get plants growing all around you!

DIY Workshop: Woodworking

Who: Ages 10+ (under 16 must be participating with an adult) Where: The Shed at the Maryland Science Center When: August 16, 2014 10:30 am - 12:30 pm How Much? Cost is $15 per project, maximum two participants per project

Join the Maryland Science Center in The Shed and learn the basics of Woodworking. We will be going over how to plan out a project and use different tools, such as hammers, saws, and clamps, to create a custom box that can be used as a toolbox or planter to take home. Advance registration required.

Backyard Science Days

Who: Adults, Educators, Families & Kids, Members Where: Maryland Science Center When: August 16 & 17; Noon-4pm How Much? Free with paid admission

Science can happen in a lab, science can happen in space and science can happen in your own backyard! Come to the Maryland Science Center’s 9th annual Backyard Science Days for a day of animal encounters and hands-on activities.

Circuit Blocks

Who: Recommended for ages 7+ Where: The Shed at the Maryland Science Center When: August 18-24 How Much? Free with paid admission

Tinker and experiment with circuit blocks to make electrical connections!  Link different electronic components together to create simple or complex circuits.

Back to Cool

Who: Recommended for ages 7+ Where: The Shed at the Maryland Science Center When: August 25 - 31 How Much? Free with paid admission

Ready for school? Swing by The Shed to make your own school supplies! Put together a notebook, roll up a pencil and sew a pouch to store all the things you need for an A+ year.

Soft Circuit Competition

Who: Families & Kids Where: Maryland Science Center When: September 27, 2014 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm How Much? Free to register and admission on the competition date will be free for participant and up to 3 team members.

Get hands on with the Maryland Science Center for our Soft Circuit Competition! Soft circuits blend the use of conductive materials and electrical components with craft materials and fabrics to make exciting art pieces, clothing, and toys. We will provide tips, hints, and a kit of LEDs, batteries, battery holders, and conductive thread—you take care of the rest. Advance registration required.