Calendar of Events
Schedule subject to change. Please call 434-791-5160 to confirm date and time. All events are included in regular Science Center admission unless otherwise noted.
Blood Suckers and From Here to There; All ages. Opening September 26, two new visiting exhibits will grace our halls. Investigate creatures that feed on blood from leeches to mosquitos. Discover the ways we move from here to there on land, sea and in the air.
Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday 1–5 p.m.
Old 97 Rail Days; All Ages.
It has been 110 years since Old 97 tumbled down Stillhouse Trestle and into the history books. Join us for a weekend of commemoration with operating N-scale model railroads courtesy of N-scale modelers from all around the mid Atlantic states. On Saturday only, visit the fully restored Norfolk and Western caboose with a tour guide.Saturday, Sept 28, admission is only $1 per person from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. On Sunday, Sept 29, the N-scale display is open from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Information: 434-791-5160.
Fall River Clean Up. All ages.
Join the Stewardship Virginia Campaign and help the Science Center and Danville Parks and Recreation beautify our city’s Landmark River. We focus on the banks between the Main Street Bridge and Dan Daniel Memorial Park. Participants will receive a signed letter of appreciation from the Governor of Virginia for their efforts. This program supports some Scout badge requirements too! Meet in front of Pepsi Building at 11:00 to pick up equipment and get started.
Saturday, Sept 28, 11:00 am–1:00 pm. No Fee, but registration required by Sept 26. Call (434) 791-5160
River District Festival; All Ages.
Discover the science and the culture of our community's landmark river. Education stations are within the Carrington Pavilion, and explore the Science Center for only $1/person!
Saturay, October 5, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Fee: Saturday admission $1/person. For more information, call (434) 791-5160
Polliwogs and Science Stars. Ages 3–5 and 5–7.
Polliwogs and Stars take a peek under skin and fur. We learn a little anatomy as we study some animal skeletons and build a paper skeleton to take home!Wednesday, October 9, Polliwogs @ 2–3 pm Stars @ 3:30–4:30 pm Members $3; Non-members $6 (includes admission). Pre-registration is required. Information: (434) 791-5160
Butterfly Station & Garden: Farewell for the Season. All Ages.
Butterflies and flowers are preparing for fall and winter in the garden. Seeds are forming and butterflies are laying their last eggs until spring. The Butterfly Station and Garden is open during regular Science Center hours through Oct. 12. On closing day, we celebrate with activities about seeds and fall gardens. Collect seeds of butterfly-friendly plants and make a seed wreath to plant in the spring for a backyard garden.Saturday, October 12, 11:00 am–3:00 pm Information: (434) 791-5160
Sky Watchers. All ages.
With the moon at 99% full, and rising at 5:38 p.m., Sky Watchers will observe the moon's "ray system", those streaks of white radiating from some of the more massive craters. We will also observe Venus in the west since everything else will be washed out by the moon's bright light..Thursday, October 17, nightfall, weather permitting. Free with pre-registration. Information: (434)791-5160
National Chemistry Week. All Ages.
Explore the chemistry of energy. From sun to wind and water, sustainable energy is one key to our future. Break water molecules into atoms, find out how yeast can help you produce oxygen gas and discover if pencils can conduct electricity! Step outside to visit the IALR Energy Lab to test out some energy alternatives for our homes.Saturday, October 26, 11:00 am-3:00 pm. Free with paid admission. Information: (434)791-5160
Little Shop of Horrors. All Ages.
Mack Williams, Natural History Educator, will give a pre-Halloween lecture on carnivorous plants using specimens from his personal collection to illustrate the different trapping mechanisms of these plants of the bog and swamp. Williams will explore the ease with which these plants can be grown and will use a dissecting microscope to slice open pitcher plant leaves to discover and perhaps identify the remains of insects that have been trapped by the plants.Tuesday, October 29, 6:30 pm. No Fee. Information: (434) 791-5160