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Far-Out First Friday: Harmony & Light

Friday, May 6, 2016 at 6:30pm

Join us the first Friday of every month to experience a night of special planetarium shows!

This month, get your Platform 100 ¾ ticket to discover how some of your favorite Harry Potter characters got their names in a free, live presentation of The Astronomical World of Harry Potter. Then, show your knowledge in an interactive quiz before receiving your O.W.L. certificate. You can also enjoy a complimentary butterbeer at our Leaky Cauldron.

And you won’t want to miss rock laser light show Laser Beatles. Featuring fifteen Beatles classics, such as A Hard Day's NightI Wanna Hold Your HandLucy in the Sky with DiamondsYesterday, and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the spellbinding Laser Beatles is not only an audience favorite but also great for all ages.

Then experience a feast for the senses with Synesthesia. The beats, rhythms, and lyrics of your favorite artists are coupled with hypnotic visuals digitally rendered live on our planetarium’s 4K dome. Let our “synesthetic engineers” take you on a live-mixed journey with full surround sound in our planetarium’s immersive theater. This month’s show features the best of Pink Floyd.
 

May Far-Out First Friday Lineup:

7 PM – The Astronomical World of Harry Potter (Free)
8 PM – Laser Beatles ($5.50 Members, $7.50 Non-Members)
9 PM – Synesthesia: The Best of Pink Floyd ($5.50 Members, $7.50 Non-Members)

Doors open at 6:30 PM. Show admission is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

National Astronomy Day 2016

Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 10:00am

Join us in celebrating the fascinating science of astronomy! Experience a variety of astronomy related activities for all ages, including special planetarium shows, exhibits, displays and a visit from the MARS (Mobile Astronomy Resource System) truck.

Hands-On Happenings: Get Animated

Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 10:30am

This month’s Hands-On Happenings workshop is inspired by our newest exhibitions – The Art of Warner Bro. Cartoons and The Origins of Animation: A Hands-On Exhibit. Join us as art educators offer tips and tricks that animators use to draw characters from the world of Warner Bros. and other favorite cartoons.

BASF Kids’ Lab: Playful Polymers

Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 11:00am
Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 1:00pm
Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 3:00pm
Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 1:30pm
Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 3:00pm
Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 11:00am
Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 1:00pm
Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 3:00pm
Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 1:30pm
Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 3:00pm

Slippery, ooey and gooey... Oh My! Explore how polymers behave using some common household ingredients. Your slimy creation is yours to keep. Each child also receives a cool backpack with surprises inside.

BASF Kids’ Lab requires adult participation and is offered on a first come, first served basis with registration beginning the morning of the program, and space is limited. Participants may preregister Monday through noon Thursday prior to the program by e-mailing kidslab@lasm.org. Groups that schedule in advance may receive confirmed reservations and discounted admission rates.

Sponsored by BASF

Engineer It: Dig It

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 11:00am
Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 11:00am

Explore the world of geotechnical engineering and soil science with local civil engineers in this fun and educational hands-on workshop.

Sponsored by Forte & Tablada, Southern Earth Sciences, and the American Society of Civil Engineers

Far-Out First Friday: Back in Time

Part of our Dino Days celebration.

Friday, June 3, 2016 at 6:30pm

At this month’s Far-Out First Friday, kickoff our Dino Days celebration by experiencing a night of full-dome planetarium shows, and even meet a renowned paleontologist. You’ll also have a chance to encounter Jason – the 65-million-year-old Triceratops skull that inspired our weekend-long celebration!

Be propelled back through the epochs during a free 7 PM showing of Dinosaurs at Dusk. Explore an Earth teeming with some of the largest land animals ever in existence, including Pteradons, Triceratrops, and Tyrannosaurus rex. Preceding the main show, enjoy an overview of our Baton Rouge nighttime sky in The Sky Tonight.

And from the earliest creatures of the Triassic Period to the monsters of the Cretaceous, realistic and scientifically-accurate computer generated animation brings dinosaurs back to life in a big way during an 8 PM showing of Dinosaurs Alive. Join some of the world’s preeminent paleontologists as they uncover evidence that the descendents of dinosaurs still walk (or fly) among us. Paleontologist Judith Shiebout will be joining us to provide a special introduction to this newest planetarium show.

Then at 9 PM, sit back and enjoy the debut of Pink Floyd’s laser spectacular, The Wall.  You may have experienced Pink Floyd’s famous album in fulldome before, but The Wall in laser form is a completely different experience. Pink Floyd's classic 1979 epic about personal struggle is woven into one of the most popular laser shows ever produced. 

Hands-On Happenings: Dino Edition

Part of our Dino Days celebration.

Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 10:00am

Explore dinosaurs and their prehistoric world through a variety of interactive activities at this month’s extended Hands-On Happenings, part of our weekend-long Dino Days celebration.

In addition to hands-on stations and knowledgeable guest presenters, you will also be among the first to see our newest additions to the Solar System Gallery – home of Jason, our resident Triceratops. Discover how much you weigh on other planets, try your hand at a flight simulator, and learn more of Jason’s story through new interpretive signage.  You’ll also want to stop by The Museum Store to check out our fun selection of dino-themed items.

June First Sunday

Part of our Dino Days celebration.

Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 1:00pm

From fossils and a mummy’s tomb to The Art of Warner Bros. and more, round out our weekend-long Dino Days celebration by taking your family or friends on a memorable museum expedition. With free admission to the galleries and $6 admission to planetarium shows, it’s the perfect time to explore.

This month's program sponsored by Lamar Advertising.

BASF Kids’ Lab: The pHun Factor

Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 11:00am
Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 1:00pm
Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 3:00pm
Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 1:30pm
Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 3:00pm
Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 11:00am
Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 1:00pm
Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 3:00pm
Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 1:30pm
Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 3:00pm

Slippery, ooey, and gooey. Explore how polymers behave using some common household ingredients. Your slimy creation is yours to keep! Each child also receives a backpack with surprises inside.

BASF Kids’ Lab requires adult participation and is offered on a first come, first served basis with registration beginning the morning of the program, and space is limited. Participants may preregister Monday through noon Thursday prior to the program by e-mailing kidslab@lasm.org. Groups that schedule in advance may receive confirmed reservations and discounted admission rates.

Sponsored by BASF.