See the world the bugs built.
Bug out when school's out with a two-week long celebration of bugs and the special adaptations that enable them to survive during Winter Wonder Bugs at Discovery Place Science! Meet live bugs, learn about neuroscience while exploring robo roaches, craft a bug-inspired ornament, stop by the Bug Bar and more. For the more adventurous, visit the Bug Bistro to try a taste of a protein-packed insect.
Winter Wonder Bugs: Thursday, December 20 - Wednesday, January 2
(Discovery Place Science will be closed Monday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 25)
Jingle Bugs: The perfect place for our younger guests to find out how bugs spend their winter vacations as guests make their own bug. We will focus on different bugs will be throughout winter break including click beetles, snowfleas and woolly worms.
Meet a Bug: Participants learn and meet some of the Museum’s favorite bugs.
A Bug's Life-Cycles: Learn to identify the various stages of a bug's life - from egg to larva and from pupa to adult, every bug has an amazing journey.
Humbug: Many bugs are known by more than one name. Who decides? Plus, hear the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, as told by the infamous humbug!
Holiday Tree Critters: Learn about the insects that may reside in many popular trees including holiday trees, helping to form a vibrant ecosystem, and make a six-legged ornament you can take home or leave on our tree!
Robo Roaches: Learn about the nervous system of a cockroach and control their movements using circuits.
Bug Bistro: Think you've got what it takes to eat a bug? Earn your 'I Ate a Bug' button while learning all about micro-livestock.
Bee Boogie: Model how honeybees communicate by working together to create a dance language to express where the facilitator has hidden the nectar.
Christmas Critters: Enjoy a game show about the bugs that live in your holiday tree, and others found in your home.
Butterfly Masks: Cut out and color your own butterfly mask. Learn about butterfly life cycles and other characteristics.
Armored Bug Build: Craft your own exoskeleton.
Firefly Electricity: Learn about the powers of a common novelty plasma ball and a fluorescent tube from an expert in things that glow, the Firefly.
Daily Showings of Backyard Wilderness in IMAX: Backyard Wilderness displays a stunning array of unique wildlife images and behavior -- all captured by cameras mounted inside dens and nests, and moving along the forest floor and pond bottom, to reveal its inhabitants in rare and breathtaking intimacy.
Bug Lab: Want to take your insect fascination to the next level? Larger-than-life bug models are your guides as you journey through hands-on activities and challenges. Enter the ‘operating theatre’ of the iridescent jewel wasp and witness her turn a cockroach into a zombie. Join forces with the Japanese honeybees to help them defeat their greatest enemy, the giant hornet. In a game of skill, try and beat the orchid mantis’s lightning-fast reflexes.
Discovery Place Science Winter break activities run Thursday, December 20 through Wednesday, January 2. Check the Daily Schedule for a full list of activities and events.
All activities, excluding IMAX, are included with Museum admission.
|10:00 a.m.||Nose-to-Nose||Mackay Field Station|
|10:00 a.m.||Backyard Wilderness||IMAX Dome Theatre|
|10:30 a.m.||The Chemist||The Stage|
|10:30 a.m.||Story Time||KidScience|
|11:00 a.m.||Pandas||IMAX Dome Theatre|
|11:00 a.m.||A World Apart||Mackay Field Station|
|11:30 a.m.||Musical Tesla Coil||Discovery Theatre|
|11:30 a.m.||Sub-Zero||The Stage|
|12:00 p.m.||Aquarium Guided Tour||Aquarium|
|12:00 p.m.||Backyard Wilderness||IMAX Dome Theatre|
|12:30 p.m.||Fired Up!||The Stage|
|1:00 p.m.||Pandas||IMAX Dome Theatre|
|1:30 p.m.||A World Apart||Mackay Field Station|
|2:00 p.m.||Imprint Fossils||Explore More Collections|
|2:00 p.m.||Science at The Stage||The Stage|
|2:00 p.m.||Musical Tesla Coil||Discovery Theatre|
|2:00 p.m.||Backyard Wilderness||IMAX Dome Theatre|
|2:30 p.m.||Nose-to-Nose||Rainforest Balcony|
|3:00 p.m.||Pandas||IMAX Dome Theatre|
|3:15 p.m.||Aquarium Feeding Tour||Aquarium|
|Apr 24||Musical Tesla Coil|
|Apr 24||Imprint Fossils|
|Apr 25||Make & Mingle: Modern Wooden Planter|
|Apr 27||Celebrity Bug-Eating Contest|
|Apr 27||Arthropod Day|
|Apr 27||Day in the Life: Lab Sciences|
|Apr 27||Cool Chemistry|
|Apr 27||Hot n Cold with Galileo Galilei|
|Apr 27||Farro Salad|
|May 01||Meet a Bug|
|May 01||Agar Plates|
|May 01||Hover Board|
|May 01||Tissue Paper Flowers|
|May 04||Merit Badge Workshop: Energy|
|May 04||Merit Badge Workshop: Space Exploration|
|May 04||Merit Badge Workshop: Oceanography|
|May 05||Merit Badge Workshop: Chess|
|May 17||Science on the Rocks: Winter Is Here|
|May 18||A Day in the Life: Nurses|
|Jun 01||Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® Bricks Member Preview|
|Jun 01||Merit Badge Workshop: Electricity|
|Jun 01||Merit Badge Workshop: Chemistry|
|Jun 01||Merit Badge Workshop: Weather|
|Jun 02||Merit Badge Workshop: Electronics|
|Jul 16||Think & Drink: The Science of Sleep|
|Aug 24||Merit Badge Workshop: Engineering|
|Aug 24||Merit Badge Workshop: Energy|
|Aug 25||Merit Badge Workshop: Chess|
|Aug 25||Merit Badge Workshop: Sustainability|
|Sep 21||Merit Badge Workshop: Robotics|
|Sep 21||Merit Badge Workshop: Oceanography|
|Sep 22||Merit Badge Workshop: Space Exploration|
|Oct 29||National Geographic Live: The Search for Life Beyond Earth|
|Nov 02||Merit Badge Workshop: Pulp & Paper|
|Nov 02||Merit Badge Workshop: Programming|
|Nov 02||Merit Badge Workshop: Weather|
|Nov 03||Merit Badge Workshop: Chess|
|Dec 07||Merit Badge Workshop: Chemistry|
|Dec 07||Merit Badge Workshop: Electricity|
|Dec 08||Merit Badge Workshop: Sustainability|
|Dec 08||Merit Badge Workshop: Electronics|
|Jan 28||National Geographic Live: Designed by Nature|
|Mar 24||National Geographic Live: Into the Arctic Kingdom|
|Mar 24||National Geographic Live Daytime Show: Into the Arctic Kingdom|