The Nebraska Science Festival is a multi-day celebration designed to make science fun for kids and adults alike. Enjoy a wide variety of events for all ages, including many with FREE or discounted admission!
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The 2019 Science Festival will be held April 5-28, 2019.
It is always a good idea to verify the event information as details may change.
Highlights of the 2019 NE Scifest Include:
1. Many Activities at Omaha Public Libraries – April 3 – 27, FREE
- Exciting activities include: (Some require advanced registration as space is limited.)
- Paint Science
- Science of Slime
- Nature Walkabout & Plant ID
- Nintendo LABO Vehicles [REGISTER]
- Block Play
- Take a Deep Breath Family Storytime
- City Nature Challenge
- Art Time Photography for Teens
- NE SciFest Storytimes
- + more!
2. Fontenelle Elementary Space Demo – April 5 (10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.), FREE
- Over 100 water rocket launches will occur for the public to view.
- Location: Fontenelle Elementary, 3905 N. 52nd St., Omaha, NE.
3. Special Programs at Do Space (72nd & Dodge St., Omaha, NE) – Membership and advance registration required. FREE
- Little’s Lab Let’s Make! (ages 3-5) – Various Dates [REGISTER]
- Kid Coders: Makey Makey (ages 6-12 year olds and their parents/guardians) – Various Dates [REGISTER]
- Junior Makers: Artsy Tech (ages 6-12) – Various Dates [REGISTER]
4. UNO STEM University – April 06 – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., FREE
- Students can move through open interactive stations in Roskens Hall from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Location: 6001 Dodge St, Omaha.
5. SAC Aerospace Museum: SciPop Interactive – April 6 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.), Regular admission for adults, FREE admission for children ages 12 & under
- Discover a day of mystery and illusion with demonstrations, hands-on activities and interactive fun on the science behind Harry Potter and comic book heroes. Guests are encouraged to come in costume of their favorite character.
- Cost: The event is FREE for guests age 12 and under, and general admission applies to adults: $12 for adults, and $11 for military/seniors.
- Location: SAC Museum, 28210 W. Park Hwy., Ashland, NE.
6. Metropolitan Community College Science Day – Saturday, Apr. 6 (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
- Activities encompass a variety of science disciplines including physics, chemistry and biology. Learn the scientific method and employ it during many great experiments!
- Location: Metropolitan Community College – South Omaha Campus, 2909 Edward Babe Gomez Ave., Ste A, Omaha, NE.
7. NE SciFest Star Party – April 6 (2 – 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Midnight), FREE
- On Saturday April 6th, Branched Oak Observatory will be open between 2 – 4 p.m. for SAFE viewing of our closest star, the Sun with VERY SPECIAL telescopes. That same evening, between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and Midnight, explore the wonders of the night sky through a variety of telescopes. See galaxies, nebulae, star-clusters and the red planet Mars.
- The rain-date for this event will be on April 27th should there be inclement weather.
- Location: Branched Oak Observatory (just outside of Lincoln, Nebraska), 14300 NW 98th St, Raymond, NE.
8. Earth Day Omaha – Saturday, Apr. 13 (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.), Elmwood Park
- The free event features exhibit booths, children’s activities, demonstrations and short speaker sessions.
- See many more events to celebrate Earth Day here!
9. eCreamery Ice Cream & Gelato – April 20 (9 – 10 a.m.), FREE [REGISTER]
- Learn about the Science of Ice Cream and Dry Ice. Registered kids will be given a small tour of the facility, a lesson on how ice cream is made, and a brief history of ice cream. Plus, learn the differences in density and composition between gelato, sorbet and ice cream. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org as space is limited.
- Location: eCreamery, 5001 Underwood Ave., Omaha, NE.
10. Lil Scientist Day at Omaha Children’s Museum – April 23 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.), Regular admission
- Omaha Children’s Museum has fun activities, such as making volcanos and UV bracelets, and science shows to help your little scientist explore scientific concepts. Included with regular admission.
- Location: Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St., Omaha, NE.
11. City Nature Challenge 2019 – April 26 – 29
- Join the Omaha-Metro Area in competing against more than 60 cities across the globe for the title of “the world’s most biodiverse city” during this unique experience. As a community, explore the great outdoors in search of as many plant and animal species as possible and using mobile devices and record the findings. Visit OmahaZoo.com/CityNatureChallenge for more information.
12. Free Public Science Expo at the Durham Museum – Apr. 27 (9 a.m. – noon), FREE with downloadable ticket
- Participate in fun and engaging hands-on learning opportunities.
- Location: The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St., Omaha, NE.
- Download FREE Ticket here!