Big Machines Day is back at McWane this Feb. 12

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Big Machine's Day
Hard hats ready? (McWane Science Center)

Secure your hard hats, Birmingham, because Big Machines Day is back at McWane Science Center on February 12. Read on for all the details on this beloved event, plus find out what else is popping up at McWane all month long. Grab your tickets now. 

Plan for Big Machines Day

Big Machine's Day
Fun and learning. (McWane Science Center)

Big Machines Day is back for its 10th year at McWane with one mission—to spark a love of science and learning in kids of all ages.

Sponsored by Craneworks, the event features some of the coolest machines around. From dump trucks to fire trucks, kids young and old will have the chance to climb aboard these incredible contraptions and explore all they have to offer. 

From giant buttons and levers to thrilling lights and sirens, there’s one thing this event proves, and that’s bigger is always better!

Event Details:

What: Big Machines Day
When: February 12 | 10AM-4PM
Where: The McWane Science Center Plaza, 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Price: Included in general admission to McWane.
Buy your tickets online or in person

Tropical Odyssey—A Journey in Conservation

Tropical Dynasty
Butterflies in progress. (McWane Science Center)

Psst! Have you heard? There’s a brand-new exhibit at McWane, and it’s open now. Tropical Odyssey—A Journey in Conservation is an immersive exhibit experience that teaches you all about rainforest conservation through the eyes and experiences of the butterflies that live there. Could it get any cooler?

What: Tropical Odyssey—A Journey in Conservation
When:
Now-May 2022 | Wednesday-Friday 9AM-5PM, Saturday 10AM-5PM, Sunday Noon-5PM
Where: McWane Science Center, 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Price: Included in general admission to McWane.
Buy your tickets online or in person

Feature Films at The IMAX

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Grab your popcorn and head to the IMAX. (McWane Science Center)

Love the IMAX? It’s impossible not to. Here are three films hitting the jumbo screen this February:

1. Asteroid Hunters

What: a documentary film that ventures into deep space to discover astroids, their cosmic origins and the potential threat they pose to our world.
When: Opens February 16 | Times vary
Price: Adults – $9 | Kids 12 + Under – $8 | Seniors – $8
Tickets

2. Death on the Nile

What: an Egyptian vacation aboard a glamorous river steamer turns into a terrifying search for a murderer and answers.
When: Opens February 11 | Times vary
Where: McWane Science Center IMAX Theater, 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Price: Adults – $13 | Kids – $12 | Seniors – $12
Tickets

3. Uncharted

What: an action film that takes you on a dangerous pursuit of “the greatest treasure never found.”
When: Opens February 18 | Times vary
Where: McWane Science Center IMAX Theater, 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Price: Adults – $13 | Kids – $12 | Seniors – $12
Tickets

Engineering Showcase 2022

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Are you an engineer at heart? (McWane Science Center)

Think you have what it takes to be an engineer? Then take part in McWane’s Engineering Showcase on February 26.

Held during National Engineering Week, McWane will be hosting unique design challenges all day long in the areas of mechanical, electrical, chemical, computer, metallurgical and biomedical engineering.

But that’s not all! Engineering professionals and companies from throughout the Greater Birmingham Area will be there too to help demonstrate the various types of engineering, incredible engineering innovations and even educational tips on becoming a future engineer.

What: Engineering Showcase 2022
When: Saturday, February 26 | 10AM-5PM
Where: McWane Science Center, 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Price: Included in general admission to McWane.
Tickets

Beaker Bash 2022—Chef McWane

Beaker Bash 2022
The science of food. (McWane Science Center)

Get ready to play with your food—Beaker Bash 2022—Chef McWane is here on February 27.

During this fundraising event, guests will have the chance to:

  • Play with their food, experiment with it and discover delicious food adventures
  • Explore the biology, chemistry and physics related to food
  • Meet chefs, try new food experiences and discover that science really is everywhere and in everything they do.

Proceeds from Baker Bash 2022 helps provide hands-on science learning experiences to children throughout the state of Alabama who cannot afford the cost of visiting McWane Science Center without extra support.

What: Beaker Bash 2022—Chef McWane
When: Sunday,February 27 | 4-7PM
Where: McWane Science Center, 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Price: Ages 21+ – $50 | Under age 21 – $20 | Family Four Pack (2 adults + 2 children) – $130
Tickets

There’s never a dull moment at McWane! For all the happenings, visit their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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