Calendar

There's something fun happening at the Sciencenter!

All programs & events are included with museum admission unless otherwise noted.


Tuesday, August 30, 10:30AM

Preschool Story Time and Activity

Listen to the story Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle and then make constellations.

This program is designed especially for children 4 and under.

Preschool Story Time and Activity
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Wednesday, August 31, 10:30 am

Exploring Science

Parents and caregivers, engage with your toddlers and preschoolers as you explore science through self-guided, hands-on activities. Learn different science processes each week and discover ways to keep the science fun going at home.

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Wednesday, August 31, 1 PM

Live Demo: The "Coolest" Science

Beat the heat this summer and experience the coolest science right before your eyes! Join our Educators to discover how different items react to the extreme temperatures of dry ice or liquid nitrogen.

Every Wednesday. June 29 – August 31.

Live Demo: The
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Friday, September 2, 10:30 AM

Preschool Story Time & Activity

Listen to the story Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle and then make constellations.

This program is designed especially for children 4 and under.

Preschool Story Time & Activity
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August 30 - September 2, 2 - 3 PM

Weekly Wonders

Participate in hands-on science activities led by our Future Science Leaders, Tuesday – Friday in July and August. A new activity each week.

Weekly Wonders
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Saturday, September 3, 2:00PM

Showtime! Chemistry is Magic

Experience eye-popping chemistry demonstrations such as “elephant toothpaste,” “egg in a bottle,” and more.

Showtime! Chemistry is Magic
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Sunday, September 4, 1:00 - 2:00PM

Moto-Inventions

Invent contraptions that can move. Visit our Reinvention Station to tinker with recycled materials and electricity to make whirling, moving machines to take home! Materials provided by Cornell Xraise.

Duration: 1 hour, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Moto-Inventions
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Tuesday, September 6, 10:30am

Science Together: Making Observations

Engage with your toddlers and preschoolers as you investigate science processes through stories and self-guided, hands-on activities. This week, explore the reaction of vinegar and baking soda. Learn a different science process each week and discover ways to keep the science fun going at home.

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Wednesday, September 7, 3:00 PM

Science Together: Making Observations

Engage with your toddlers and preschoolers as you investigate science processes through stories and self-guided, hands-on activities. This week, explore the reaction of vinegar and baking soda. Learn a different science process each week and discover ways to keep the science fun going at home.

Science Together: Making Observations
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Thursday, September 8, 10:30 AM

Science Together: Making Observations

Engage with your toddlers and preschoolers as you investigate science processes through stories and self-guided, hands-on activities. This week, explore the reaction of vinegar and baking soda. Learn a different science process each week and discover ways to keep the science fun going at home.

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Friday, September 9, 3:00 PM

Science Together: Making Observations

Engage with your toddlers and preschoolers as you investigate science processes through stories and self-guided, hands-on activities. This week, explore the reaction of vinegar and baking soda. Learn a different science process each week and discover ways to keep the science fun going at home.

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Saturday, September 10, 2:00PM

Showtime! Building with Biology

Join Cornell’s Guillaume Lambert and the iGEM team to explore synthetic biology. Try hands-on activities to learn about engineering cells and talk to scientists about their work.

Showtime! Building with Biology
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Sunday, September 11, 1:00PM - 2:00PM

Moto-Inventions

Invent contraptions that can move. Tinker with recycled materials and electricity to make whirling, moving machines. Materials provided by Cornell Xraise.

Moto-Inventions
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Tuesday, September 13, 10:30 AM

Science Together: Making Predictions

Engage with your toddlers and preschoolers as you investigate science processes through stories and self-guided, hands-on activities. This week, explore the power of wind. Learn a different science process each week and discover ways to keep the science fun going at home.

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Wednesday, September 14, 3:00 PM

Science Together: Making Predictions

Engage with your toddlers and preschoolers as you investigate science processes through stories and self-guided, hands-on activities. This week, explore the power of wind. Learn a different science process each week and discover ways to keep the science fun going at home.

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Thursday, September 15, 10:30 AM

Science Together: Making Predictions

Engage with your toddlers and preschoolers as you investigate science processes through stories and self-guided, hands-on activities. This week, explore the power of wind. Learn a different science process each week and discover ways to keep the science fun going at home.

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Friday, September 16, 3:00 PM

Science Together: Making Predictions

Engage with your toddlers and preschoolers as you investigate science processes through stories and self-guided, hands-on activities. This week, explore the power of wind. Learn a different science process each week and discover ways to keep the science fun going at home.

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Friday, September 16, 6:00PM - 8:00PM

Member Night: From Here to There

Sciencenter members get a sneak peek of our new featured exhibition, “From Here to There” before it opens to the public on September 17. Join the ASCE Steel Bridge Team at 7 pm to see their competition steel bridge and take part in a bridge building activity.

Member Night: From Here to There
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Saturday, September 17, 2:00PM

Showtime! Future Science Leaders

Explore the animals living in Cascadilla Creek. Join our Future Science Leaders to learn about our neighborhood stream.

Showtime! Future Science Leaders
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Saturday, September 17, 10 am - 5 pm

From Here to There Exhibition Opening

Lift, launch, and levitate as you explore how things move on land, sea, and air at our featured fall exhibition, “From Here to There”! Ride a hovercraft to experience the effects of air pressure. Float a boat while investigating air flow. Experiment with gravity, friction, and more while experiencing the laws of motion.

Take part in new exhibit-related hands-on activities.

From Here to There Exhibition Opening
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Sunday, September 18, 1 - 2 PM

Moto-Inventions

Invent contraptions that can move. Visit our Reinvention Station to tinker with recycled materials and electricity to make whirling, moving machines to take home! Materials provided by Cornell Xraise.

Duration: 1 hour, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Moto-Inventions
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Tuesday, September 20, 10:30AM

Science Together: Using Tools

Engage with your toddlers and preschoolers as you investigate science processes through stories and self-guided, hands-on activities. This week, use different tools to explore flubber. Learn a different science process each week and discover ways to keep the science fun going at home.

Science Together: Using Tools
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Wednesday, September 21, 3:00 PM

Science Together: Using Tools

Engage with your toddlers and preschoolers as you investigate science processes through stories and self-guided, hands-on activities. This week, use different tools to explore flubber. Learn a different science process each week and discover ways to keep the science fun going at home.

Science Together: Using Tools
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Thursday, September 22, 10:30AM

Science Together: Using Tools

Engage with your toddlers and preschoolers as you investigate science processes through stories and self-guided, hands-on activities. This week, use different tools to explore flubber. Learn a different science process each week and discover ways to keep the science fun going at home.

Science Together: Using Tools
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Friday, September 23, 3:00 PM

Science Together: Using Tools

Engage with your toddlers and preschoolers as you investigate science processes through stories and self-guided, hands-on activities. This week, use different tools to explore flubber. Learn a different science process each week and discover ways to keep the science fun going at home.

Science Together: Using Tools
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Saturday, September 24, 2:00PM

Showtime! DNA and You

Every single living thing has DNA – spiders, monkeys, flowers, trees, dogs, strawberries, and you! Join the Cornell Undergraduate Research Board to observe your own DNA and compare it to the DNA of a strawberry.

Showtime! DNA and You
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Sunday, September 25, 1:00PM - 2:00PM

Moto-Inventions

Invent contraptions that can move. Visit our Reinvention Station to tinker with recycled materials and electricity to make whirling, moving machines to take home! Materials provided by Cornell Xraise.

Duration: 1 hour, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Moto-Inventions
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Tuesday, September 27, 10:30AM

Science Together: Exploring

Engage with your toddlers and preschoolers as you investigate science processes through stories and self-guided, hands-on activities. This week, explore exciting ways to destroy ice. Learn a different science process each week and discover ways to keep the science fun going at home.

Science Together: Exploring
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Wednesday, September 28, 3:00 PM

Science Together: Exploring

Engage with your toddlers and preschoolers as you investigate science processes through stories and self-guided, hands-on activities. This week, explore exciting ways to destroy ice. Learn a different science process each week and discover ways to keep the science fun going at home.

Science Together: Exploring
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Thursday, September 29, 10:30 AM

Science Together: Exploring

Engage with your toddlers and preschoolers as you investigate science processes through stories and self-guided, hands-on activities. This week, explore exciting ways to destroy ice. Learn a different science process each week and discover ways to keep the science fun going at home.

Science Together: Exploring
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Friday, September 30, 3:00 PM

Science Together: Exploring

Engage with your toddlers and preschoolers as you investigate science processes through stories and self-guided, hands-on activities. This week, explore exciting ways to destroy ice. Learn a different science process each week and discover ways to keep the science fun going at home.

Science Together: Exploring
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Monday, October 10, 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Tompkins Trust Company Customer Appreciation Day

On Columbus Day admission is free to Tompkins Trust Company cardholders and their families who show their Tompkins Trust Company Visa, Visa check card, or Access ATM card at the Sciencenter admission desk.

Tompkins Trust Company Customer Appreciation Day
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Friday, November 11, 10:00AM - 5:00PM

CFCU Community Credit Union Customer Appreciation Day

Admission is free to CFCU Community Credit Union account holders and their immediate family members by showing their debit or credit card at the front desk.

Valid Friday, November 11, 10am – 5pm.

CFCU Community Credit Union Customer Appreciation Day
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Sunday, November 20, 10AM - 12PM

Sensory Hours at the Sciencenter

Parents and children with special sensory needs, join us for Sensory Hours. Make connections with other families while having fun and enjoying interactive learning in an inviting and accepting environment. Download our Pre-visit Story Guide.

10 am – 12 pm – Admission: pay what you wish.

Sensory Hours at the Sciencenter
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