Itty Bitty Magic City reopens August 5. 5 things you need to know.


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Itty Bitty Magic City is ready for your return on Aug. 5, 2020. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Get ready to jump and squeal. Itty Bitty Magic City at McWane Science Center reopens on Wednesday, August 5. Here’s what to expect including new safety protocols. Purchase tickets.

1. It’s an educational hangout spot for preschoolers.

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An exciting mural outside Itty Bitty Magic City. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Featuring nearly 10 thousand square feet of space (perfect for social distancing!), Itty Bitty Magic City is a science wonderland for kids ages six and under. With exhibits and activities created just for them, they’ll be encouraged to discover the four major types of play:

  • Physical
  • Exploratory
  • Constructive
  • Imaginative

Bonus: Itty Bitty Magic City is an ideal source for parents, grandparents and teachers to help preschoolers prepare for school and become life-long learners.

2. You can discover Main Street.

On Wednesday, August 5, Itty Bitty City’s ever-popular “Main Street” will officially be open to Birmingham’s youngest movers and shakers. Designed to capture the look and feel of a real community, the tiny town of Main Street is the ultimate place to activate your little one’s imagination. And even your own!

It features its very own:

  • Fire Station
  • Farm
  • Veterinarian Clinic
  • Market
  • Diner
  • Garage

Visitors are in for a special surprise, too. Welcoming guests to Itty Bitty Magic City is a brand-new colorful mural. Its message—science is for everyone.

The coolest thing about the mural is that local kids who attended Camp McWane over the summer helped design and create it. 

3. There are some safety protocols to expect.

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Many new safety protocols are in place at McWane Science Center. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

With new safety precautions and protocols in place, McWane Science Center was able to reopen its doors to the public on July 8. See below for general museum safety rules. But to protect its youngest visitors, they’ve had to introduce a few new safety measures for Itty Bitty Magic City’s reopening on Wednesday, August 5.

Here’s what to expect during your visit to Itty Bitty Magic City:

Before entering, each child is provided their own “Itty Bitty Bag.” Filled with toys and play things, the bag includes everything needed for your little one to fully enjoy Itty Bitty Magic City’s interactive exhibits. 

At the end of each child’s visit, bags are turned in to McWane Science Center team members who will clean and disinfect all items for the next user.

Exhibits at Itty Bitty Magic City are strategically spaced in order to encourage social distancing.

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You’ll find safety reminders throughout McWane Science Center. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Here are some of the many safety precautions McWane Science Center is taking to keep you and yours safe:

  • You’ll find hand sanitizing stations throughout to keep germs at bay.
  • You can expect clean and fully-stocked restrooms throughout the day. 
  • They’ll be disinfecting high-touch surfaces frequently throughout your visit.
  • Nightly deep-cleaning will push the reset button for the next day. 
  • You’ll find McWane Center employees throughout the facility helping visitors comply with social distancing guidelines.

What about masks?

Alabama is under a state order requiring everyone over the age of six to wear a mask while in public. McWane Science Center is following this order.

  • All visitors age 7 and older are required to wear masks.
  • Children between the ages of 3-6 are highly encouraged to wear masks.
  • Masks are not recommended for children under the age of 3.

More safety precautions being taken at McWane Science Center

4. There is an exciting upcoming event!

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Check out “Chalk It Up” to Science on August 8, 2020. Photo via McWane Science Center

Let out your inner artist during “Chalk It Up” on Saturday, August 8. This free and colorful event takes place from 10AM-3PM outside on McWane Science Center’s plaza. *Tickets only required when visiting the museum inside.

Not only can you draw until your heart’s content, but you’ll be given take-home directions on how to make sidewalk chalk at home using simple pantry items.

Participants can bring their own chalk or use small, prepackaged bags of chalk offered by McWane Science Center.

5. You can explore the museum, too!

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Enjoy all aspects of McWane Science Center. Photo via McWane Science Center’s Facebook page

While you’re at Itty Bitty Magic City, make time to venture around the rest of the museum. There is so much for all ages to see and discover. Check out current open exhibits, IMAX movies and more

Psst! Did you hear about the latest fossil shark species discovered by a team of scientists from McWane Science Center? Learn all about it here.

Plan Your Visit

McWane Science Center has all-new hours. Plan your visit Wednesday-Friday from 9AM-5PM, Saturday from 10AM-5PM and Sunday from Noon-5PM. Save time—buy tickets now.

To stay up to date on all the cool things happening at McWane Science Center, check out their website and follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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