5 air-conditioned activities you don’t want to miss including a new LEGO exhibit


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You never know what you’ll discover at McWane. (McWane Science Center)

Slip on those party hats, Bham, because McWane Science Center turns the big 25 this July! They’ll be celebrating all summer long with brand new experiences, must-see movies, a don’t-miss party and more. Continue reading for the inside scoop on what’s ahead, now through August. Plan ahead—get your tickets in advance.

1. Check out McWane’s brand-new exhibit

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Become a building master. (McWane Science Center)

With McWane’s 25th birthday underway, the museum is kicking off a celebratory summer with a brand-new exhibit—You Build It!

Opening July 1 on McWane’s third floor, this new immersive experience features:

  • A construction zone theme with workshops, build tables, design areas and free-build opportunities
  • 3 main areas featuring building favorites like Lego bricks, Rigamajigs and KEVA Planks.

Check out McWane’s special exhibits here + buy your tickets today.

2. Catch a flick at the IMAX Theater

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Head to the IMAX this summer at McWane. (Bham Now)

Nothing beats a chill summer day at the movies—especially at McWane’s IMAX Dome Theater.

This summer, McWane has an awesome movie lineup the whole family will enjoy, from educational documentaries to feature length films.

Here’s what’s showing on the big screen:

  • The Little Mermaid: See the newest version of the classic tale, The Little Mermaid, starring Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King + Melissa McCarthy.
    • In IMAX: Begins Friday, May 26
  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse: Miles Morales is back for another adventure in the Spider-Verse in this computer-animated superhero film.
    • In IMAX: Begins June 1
  • Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny: Legendary hero, Indiana Jones, is back for another adventure—this time in a new era with old evils threatening to return.
    • In IMAX: Begins Friday, June 30
  • Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning: Tom Cruise returns for another fast-paced, action-packed adventure in the 7th installment of the Mission Impossible series.
    • In IMAX: Begins Friday, July 14

View more movies playing at McWane’s IMAX Theater + get your tickets now.

3. Sign the kids up for Camp McWane

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Get your bubble on this summer at McWane. (McWane Science Center)

Looking for ways to keep the kids entertained when the school-year ends? The search ends here. Camp McWane is back this summer with hands-on, minds-on science learning and fun for kids ages 4-13. These exciting education-inspired camps teach kids all about science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) and how it correlates with oceans, outer space, robots and more.

Camp McWane Details:

  • Half-Day Camp: PreK-Kindergarten
    • When: Monday, June 5-Friday, July 28
    • Cost: $180 per week | McWane members receive a 15% discount
  • Full-Day Camp: Grades 1-7
    • When: Monday, June 5-Friday, July 28
    • Cost: $345 per week | McWane members receive a 15% discount

Spots fill up fast—sign up now!

4. Save the date for McWane’s Birthday Celebration

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Play + create your own video games during McWane’s 25th Birthday Celebration, July 8. (McWane Science Center)

Get ready for the ultimate birthday bash during McWane’s 25th Birthday Celebration on Saturday, July 8. You’re in for a treat, too, because in honor of McWane’s birthday AND National Video Game Day, this festive event will immerse you in the amazing world of video games.

Here’s what you’ll do on this special day at McWane:

  • Learn how video games are made.
  • Play a variety of video games.
  • Create your very own video game experience.
  • And more!

Event Details:

What: McWane’s 25th Birthday Celebration: Video Game Science
When: Saturday, July 8 | 10AM-4PM
Where: McWane Science Center
Cost: Included in price of general admission
Tickets available online + in person

More party updates are coming soon! Tune in to McWane’s website, Facebook and Instagram for more.

5. Save on summer visits to McWane

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Wonder awaits at McWane. (McWane Science Center)

Are you ready for a fun-filled summer at McWane? Us too! But, before you visit, be sure to grab a 2023 Summer Pass. This short-term membership opportunity is perfect for families, grandparents and anyone else looking to create life long memories.

Here’s what your 2023 Summer Pass includes:

  • Unlimited visits to McWane Adventure Halls, May 26-September 3, 2023
  • Free parking in the McWane Science Center parking deck when available
  • Free or discounted admission to 300+ science centers worldwide

Cost: $85 for two named adults and four children.

Get your 2023 Summer Pass to McWane now.

Learn what else is happening at McWane—visit their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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