Have a BLAST at McWane Science Center during Apollo Week, July 14-20. Win tickets!

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Apollo week. Photo via @aswizzzzzy

July 20th marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo lunar landing and mankind’s first visit to the moon. McWane Science Center will be celebrating with a full week of totally stellar activities during Apollo Week July 14-20. Daily bottle rocket launches anyone? Read on for more details and how to win tickets. It’s a blast!

Earth, Space and STEM Activities All Week Long

Apollo week. Photo via McWane Science Center

Starting on Sunday, July 14, McWane Science Center will take visitors on a space-filled exploration to celebrate the past, present and future of lunar exploration. What activities can you expect? 


  • Bottle rocket launches
  • Film canister rocket launches
  • Moon lander design challenges
  • Moon-based Science on a Sphere presentations
  • And more!

The moon-based Science on a Sphere presentation is pretty rad. Via animated images of the Earth, Moon and stars on a six-foot diameter sphere, you’ll have the chance to get as close to the moon as possible without having to actually travel there. That’ll definitely save you some time!

“As a science nerd and a science fiction buff, the Apollo landing has left a huge impression and it is part of why I do what I do here at McWane. We hope the activities during Apollo Week will inspire others just as they inspired me.”

Alia Carter, Director of Science Engagement, McWane Science Center

Fly to the Moon During McWane After Dark

McWane After Dark. Photo via McWane Science Center

Apollo Week will end with a bang on Saturday, July 20 with McWane Science Center’s exclusive 21 and over series, McWane After Dark from 7:30-10:30PM. The theme—Fly Me To the Moon. 

During this golden anniversary celebration, there will be all sorts of far out activities to discover, such as:


  • Astronaut challenges
  • Music
  • Snacks
  • Local brews
  • And more!

General Admission tickets are $20, but you may want to opt for a VIP ticket for $25. With it you’ll get some awesome perks. 

  1. Access to a special viewing of Apollo 11: First Steps in McWane Science Center’s IMAX Dome. A space movie on a five story IMAX screen? You’ll feel like you’re actually traveling through space!
  2. Access to the VIP Launchpad Bar. Bottoms up astronauts!

Be sure to bring your ID to this event— it will be checked at the door.

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Astronaut Ice Cream, Space Trivia and More

Want a sneak peak of activities going down at McWane After Dark: Fly Me To the Moon on July 20? Along with beer games, a cash bar and Birmingham Mountain Radio being on site to bring you some cool tunes, here are a few more things to check out:

Intergalactic Space Trivia

Love trivia? Show ‘em who’s a star at interplanetary knowledge with cosmic conundrums that will be sure to challenge your smarts. Teams will be comprised of one to four players. Compete for an out-of-this-world prize at McWane Science Center’s Rushton Science Theater at 8:30PM and 9:30PM.

LN2 Ice Cream Bar

What do you get when you boil liquid nitrogen at -321 degrees Fahrenheit? Ice cream! McWane Science Center will be serving up “astronaut ice cream” daily during Apollo week. Grab a scoop at the LN2 Ice Cream Bar on Level 2.


Cheers to Beers

Photo via Ghost Train Brewing Company

It wouldn’t be a 21+ event without alcohol. Cheers to beers, right? There will be plenty of drinks flowing throughout the night from Ghost Train Brewing Company and Interstellar Ginger Beer and Exploration Company. 

Visit the Cabin on Level 2 between 7:30PM and 10:30PM for a taste of galaxy brews from Interstellar Ginger Beer and Exploration Company.

Next, head upstairs to the Shadow Gardens on Level 3 for a taste of Ghost Train Brewing Company’s space-inspired brew—Stout Side of the Moon.


Worm Hole

Slide fun. Photo via McWane Science Center

Let your inner child blast through on a trip to another dimension on the Worm Hole slide. This is one galactic adventure you won’t forget!

Take a ride on Level 3 between 7:30PM and 9:30PM. 

Win Tickets to McWane After Dark: Fly Me To the Moon

Feeling lucky? Follow @bhamnow on Instagram for a chance to win tickets to McWane After Dark: Fly Me To the Moon on July 20 at Mcwane Science Center.


Let Out Your Inner Astronaut

Enter another galaxy during Apollo Week at McWane Science Center, July 14-20. I hope to see you there earthlings!

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