Get in the holiday spirit while seeing the Saint Louis Science Center in a whole new light during Science Illuminated, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday until Dec. 30. The experience is located in the one-acre GROW gallery, which includes both outdoor and indoor space.

With over 100,000 lights throughout the one-acre GROW gallery, the display features leading-edge technology, like LED and RGB lights. 

“For decades, the red bow on the James S. McDonnell Planetarium has been a St. Louis symbol of the holidays,” says Ann Balsamo, chief marketing and communications officer for the Saint Louis Science Center.  “Building on that tradition, this year, the Saint Louis Science Center is featuring its own outdoor and indoor holiday event called Science Illuminated.”

 “Lights and holiday music create an intimate and immersive experience,” Balsamo says. “Guests can also enjoy the brilliant reflections of the lighting on the glass of the beautiful GROW Pavilion, which was designed by renowned architect Gyo Obata, who also designed the Planetarium more than 50 years ago.”

Science Illuminated is meant to be a different experience than the larger displays. 

“We are smaller which allows us to be accessible to people of all ages and abilities,” Balsamo added. “We also have an indoor space in the GROW Pavilion, where people can warm up, while engaging in educational activities related to the science behind lights.”

Rotating activities include:

  • Taking a look at color mixing, where visitors will discover the theory behind color-changing LED bulbs and be able to create their own colors using bulbs and filters.
  • Investigating circuits and bulbs at the circuit-building station.
  • Making a pinhole camera light viewer to learn about the science behind light waves and lenses.
  • Using the power of static electricity to levitate a festive floating orb.

In addition to the display and activities, plenty of delicious food and beverages are available for purchase, including chili, pretzel bites, hot cocoa, boozy hot cocoa, gluehwein and more. Plus, the holiday store features holiday 3D glasses, Christmas light necklaces and other festive items.

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