5 ways McWane will make your spring rock this March with Spring Break Camp + more


McWane Science Center, Teen Volunteer Program
Teen Volunteer Program. Photo via McWane Science Center/Taken before COVID-19

Has a long winter left you feeling blah? This March, McWane Science Center is ready to put some pep in your step with exciting programs and activities like Spring Break Camp and Women in STEM. Scroll on for even more ways McWane will rock your spring.

1. Spring Break Camp is March 22-26—and you can still sign up

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Get ready for camp, it’s time for Spring Break. Photo via McWane Science Center

Spring Break is fast approaching. If you’re like me, you’re scrambling for ideas to keep your child entertained during their one glorious week of freedom from in-person and/or virtual school. Happily, McWane is here to save the day with Spring Break Camp.

Taking place Monday-Friday, March 22-26, kids ages 4-12 in pre-k to sixth grade will delve into the world of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Through hands-on, minds-on activities, campers will:

  • Learn about oceans
  • Journey into outer space
  • Build robots
  • Discover dinosaurs
  • And more!

Important Camp Details

  • Camp Dates: Monday-Friday, March 22-26
  • Time: Pre-K-Kindergarten, Daily from 9AM-1:30PM | Grades 1-6, Daily from 9AM-4PM
  • Before care and aftercare are available for no additional cost. Before care – 7:45-9AM | Aftercare, 4-5:30PM
  • Price: Pre-K-Kindergarten, Members – $50/day, Non-Members – $60/day | Grades 1-6: Members – $70/day | Non-Members – $80/day | *Lunch included in price.
  • Sign up here.
Art at camp is always fun. Photo via McWane Science Center/Taken before COVID-19

To keep campers safe and healthy:

  • Campers and staff will be required to wear masks.
  • The number of campers has been reduced.
  • Social distancing and sanitization requirements will be strictly enforced.

Don’t let your kiddo miss out on McWane’s Spring Break Camp. Sign up your camper now.

If a camp is canceled by McWane Science Center, a full refund will be returned to the registrant. If a registrant cancels a camp, a 50% refund will be made if the registrant notifies the Camp program in writing, which is emailed, postmarked, or faxed no later than 10 working days prior to the camp.

2. Discover Women in STEM every weekend in March

Discover Women in STEM at McWane Science Center. Photo via McWane Science Center

There’s no question that women are amazing. One way they truly stand out is through their accompaniments in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

To honor the incredible achievements of women scientists, inventors and innovators, and to inspire the next generation of women in STEM, McWane is offering hands-on science programing and shows every weekend during the month of March.

What: Women in STEM
When: Every Saturday from 10AM-5PM + Every Sunday from Noon-5PM in March. Daily program times vary and will be listed on the program map/guide upon arrival.
Price: General Admission. Check prices here.
Tickets: Available online + at the door.

For weekly descriptions of programs and activities about Women in Stem, follow McWane on Facebook and Instagram.

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

3. Become a Teen Volunteer at McWane this summer

Hey teens! Summer is just around the corner. Instead of becoming Birmingham’s ultimate couch potato, put your free time to good use by becoming a teen volunteer at McWane

Volunteers will help spark wonder and curiosity through science to guests of all ages and even gain real-life work experience through customer service, problem-solving, teamwork and more.

There are two teen volunteer programs:

  • Teen Volunteer Program for students completing grades 8-12.
  • Junior Teen Program for students completing grades 6-7.

To participate in McWane’s Summer Teen Volunteer Program:

  • Fill out and submit this online application by Thursday, April 1. Be sure to include all requested documents including resume and two letters of recommendation.
  • Go on an interview and show ‘em what you’re made of.
  • If selected, attend an orientation and training sessions

Learn more about McWane’s Summer Teen Volunteer Program here.

4. Raya and the Last Dragon is playing at the IMAX March 5-28

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The IMAX is ready to wow you. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Need a dose of excitement? It’s just a bag of popcorn away at McWane’s IMAX Dome Theater. Here’s what’s playing on the big screen this March:

  • What: Raya and the Last Dragon. When sinister monsters known as the Druun return to threaten the fantasy world of Kumandra, it’s up to one lone warrior to track down the last dragon to help stop the Drunn for good. 
  • When: March 5-28
  • Show Times: 2:15PM, 4:30PM + 7PM
  • Price:  Adults – $15 | Kids – $14 | Members receive $1 off per ticket
  • Tickets: Available online + at the door

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

5. From Adventure Halls to Itty Bitty Magic City, there’s always something to explore

Birmingham, Mcwane Science Center, Itty Bitty Magic City
Itty Bitty Magic City is ready for your little one to come and play. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Each and every month, McWane offers an all-new list of programs and movies like mentioned above, but don’t forget its beloved mainstays that are ready to light up your day year-round. From Adventure Halls and Itty Bitty Magic City to underwater exploration and virtual reality, experience it all this March and beyond.

Are you ready to visit McWane?

Set your GPS to 200 19th Street North, Birmingham, AL 35203 and visit the museum Wednesday-Friday from 9AM-5PM, Saturday from 10AM-5PM and Sunday from Noon-5PM.

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

Stay up to date on all the cool happenings at McWane Science Center by visiting their website and follow them on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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