LEGO to McWane for new Brickology exhibit starting Jan 23


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Dream, design, build. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

There’s a new exhibit stacking up at McWane Science Center and it’s guaranteed to make building block enthusiasts beam. Beginning Saturday, January 23, dream, design and build with everyone’s favorite plaything—LEGOs—during McWane’s Brickology exhibit. Read on for all the colorful details, plus info on IMAX movies and more.

Learn at Play with LEGOS

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What creation will you build? Photo via McWane Science Center

For years, McWane has held its annual and highly anticipated LEGO Day event in January. But this year, it gets even better. Instead of just one LEGO-filled day, McWane, with presenting partner Wells Fargo, is extending the fun into an entire Brickology exhibit.

Starting January 23, discover 5,500 square feet of creative space that explores science, art and math concepts through construction block play. Learn at play—now that’s a concept I truly love. Happily, so does McWane. 

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You’re never too old for LEGOs. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Here’s a peek at some of the stimulating, hands-on features of this brilliant exhibit:

  • Building Tables. With hundreds of pounds of LEGOs for visitors of all ages, let your imagination loose to design one-of-a-kind creations. From dinosaurs and race cars to castles and airplanes, the options are endless.
  • Giant Jump Ramp. How do you like your race car—fast, flashy, big, small? Dream it, build it, then put it to the test on a Giant Jump Ramp that measures 8’ tall x 20’ long. 
  • Earthquake Tables. Think you can build the tallest, strongest and most durable LEGO tower? Find out by testing it on a vibrating earthquake table that’s so quivery it would make King Kong quake in his fur. 
  • MOC “My Own Creation” Displays: From Batman’s Arkham Asylum to a scale model of the Alabama Theatre, witness the creations of some of Birmingham’s most talented creators. Trust me, you’ll be wowed. 

Find the Brickology exhibit during regular business hours beginning Saturday, January 23 in McWane’s Adventure Halls.

The price for Brickology is included in the cost of general admission. Save time, buy your tickets now.

Know before you go—click here to learn the health and safety protocols taking place at McWane.

Geek out during a Spielberg Weekend in IMAX

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Stop at the concession stand for drinks and snacks before visiting the IMAX Dome Theater. Photo via McWane Science Center

It was just last month on December 18 that McWane unveiled its newly-renovated John W. Woods IMAX Dome Theater. With new seats and the installment of IMAX’s Next-Generation IMAX with Laser Technology, those in Birmingham have the ultimate movie-watching experience.

January 15 to 17, in honor of mastermind Steven Spielberg’s movie-making genius, McWane will be hosting a Spielberg Weekend in IMAX. The feature: two fan favorites that will blow your mind when viewed on the mega screen.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

  • What: The 1981 classic featuring the one and only archaeologist/adventurer Indiana Jones.
  • When: January 15-17 at 1:30PM
  • Price: Adults (13-64) $9, Kids (2-12) $8, Seniors (65+) $8
  • Buy tickets here

Ready Player One

  • What: Based on Ernest Clines bestseller, this science drama fiction adventure shows the world on the brink of chaos in the year 2045. The only salvation–the Oasis—an expansive virtual reality.
  • When: January 15-17 at 4PM
  • Price: Adults (13-64) $9, Kids (2-12) $8, Seniors (65+) $8
  • Buy tickets here

Find out what else is playing at the IMAX Dome Theater.

Know before you go—click here to learn the health and safety protocols taking place at McWane

Looking for more ways for your family to learn and discover? 

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Register for Home School Labs and keep your homeschooler on track. Photo via McWane Science Center

You’ve come to the right place. Along with exciting science-rich exhibits and events, McWane also offers enrichment programs for kids. One to have on your radar is Home School Labs

Now open for Spring 2021 registration for 1st through 12th graders, Home School Labs offers themed monthly programs that coincide with the Alabama Course of Study Standards for Science with emphasis on the 2020-2021 Critical Standards. 

Here’s a glance at just some of the amazing things your kids will learn about during the program:

  • Sound Waves + Light Rays
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Circuits + Electricity
  • The Solar System
  • Solids, Liquids + Gases
  • Genetics + DNA

Cost to register: McWane Members – $90 | Non-Members – $100

To register, click here or call 205.714.8300.

Grab the fam and head to McWane for LEGOs, movies + more

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So many experiments, so little time. Photo via McWane Science Center

Where: 200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Wednesday-Friday, 9AM-5PM | Saturday, 10AM-5PM | Sunday, Noon-5PM
Price: Adventure Halls Only – Adults (13-64) $15, Kids (2-12) $12, Seniors (65+) $14 | IMAX Only – Adults – $9, Kids $8, Seniors $8 | Combo Ticket (Adventure Halls + IMAX) – Adults $20, Kids $15, Seniors $18
Tickets available here

Know before you go—click here to learn the health and safety protocols taking place at McWane.

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