miSci : Events

December 2017

Senior Science Day (Presented by the Dudley Observatory)

The Dudley Observatory at miSci is committed to lifelong learning and has created programming specifically designed for adults! Come explore the museum on a quiet afternoon, then join the Dudley Observatory for an exciting astronomy lesson presented by Dudley Observatory Outreach Astronomer, Dr. Valerie Rapson. Cost: Free with admission

Location: varies, inquire at admissions desk


January: Live Planetarium Show

February: NASA's Great Observatories: Hubble Space Telescope

March: NASA’s Great Observatories: Compton Gamma Ray Observatory

April: NASA’s Great Observatories: Chandra X-ray Observatory

May: NASA’s Great Observatories: Spitzer Space Telescope

June: NASA’s Great Observatories: James Webb Space Telescope

July: How to View the Great American Eclipse

August: Our Solar System: Exploring the Sun

September: Our Solar System: The Terrestrial Planets

October: Our Solar System: The Gas Giants

November: Our Solar System: The Asteroid and Kuiper Belt

December: Hunting for Exoplanets

Date(s):  Monday, December-4-2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Challenger Adventure

Join other museum visitors in this out-of-this-world experience! See what it's like to do experiments in space while working with other visitors to complete your mission. Please Note: Space is limited. Purchase tickets when you arrive at miSci. Space is unlimited, but Adventures are not! limit of 15 seats per mission.

For more information of Challenger Adventures and the Challenger Learning Center, visit miSc's CLC page

Children (5 -12) & Adults, admission + $8*
Seniors (65+), admission + $7

*Children must be at least 5 years old to participate. Each child under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Groups of children older than 7 can be accompanied by one adult.  

Challenger Learning Center Briefing Room

Date(s):  Saturday, December-2-2017 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Saturday, December-9-2017 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Saturday, December-16-2017 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Saturday, December-23-2017 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Saturday, December-30-2017 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Saturday, December-2-2017 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Saturday, December-9-2017 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Saturday, December-23-2017 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Saturday, December-30-2017 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
GE Kids in FREE Days

Children 12 & under receive free museum and planetarium admission when accompanied by a paying adult Sundays (one child per adult), courtesy of GE (planetarium seating limited).


Date(s):  Sunday, December-3-2017 @ 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, December-10-2017 @ 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, December-17-2017 @ 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, December-31-2017 @ 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Little Wonders of Science: Train


Introduce children ages 3 to 5 to trains with Train by Elisha Cooper followed by some hands-on activities.

Little Wonders of Science inspires curiosity through stories, play, and special hands-on activities specifically created for children ages 3-5. Held on the third Friday and Saturday morning of every month, the Little Wonders of Science program introduces new STEM topics monthly.

Come early for a special 10 am showing in miSci's planetarium of "One World, One Sky" (additional $5/ person), and leave with the materials to continue the study of science at home.

Pre-register online.

Cost: Admission + $2 supply fee for participating children

Location: meet in the miSci Lobby 

Date(s):  Friday, December-15-2017 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Saturday, December-16-2017 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
miSci After Dark: Lights and Lasers 21+ Event

Join miSci for a holiday-themed After Dark event featuring our intricate 19' x 27' model train exhibit, LEGO exhibit, hands-on activities on the science of LIGHT, and an ugly sweater contest. Also enjoy FULL museum access, board games, planetarium shows, and telescope viewing (weather permitting). 21+ only.

Come enjoy samples (and purchase to-go containers) of the finest beverage artists in the area:

Albany Distilling | Shmaltz Brewing | Chatham Brewing | Stump City Brewing | Capoccia Wines | Yesfolk Tonics | Short & Stout Tea | Electric City Coffee Roasters | AND MORE TBA

With Food from Given to Fry

Purchase Tickets

Date(s):  Saturday, December-9-2017 @ 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Night Sky Adventure: 2017 Discoveries: A Year in Review (Presented by the Dudley Observatory)

Join the Dudley Observatory for a summary of the latest and greatest astronomical discoveries of 2017! Then enjoy a live planetarium show focusing on Winter sky constellations.

Night Sky Adventures are astronomy fun for the whole family! Educators from the Dudley Observatory, in conjunction with volunteers from the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers group, present astronomy lessons, planetarium shows and night sky viewing (weather depending). Amateur astronomers and families are invited to bring binoculars or telescopes. One or more telescopes will be provided for public use. 

Location: Planetarium, Courtyard, Lobby

Cost: Free with admission

Date(s):  Tuesday, December-19-2017 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
SenseAble Science

A sensory friendly science center experience for those with autism and other sensory needs. Presented by the Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region, Schenectady ARC, and miSci with additional funds from sponsors. 

Date(s):  Sunday, December-17-2017 @ 10:00 am - 12 pm
Volunteer Open House

Interested in giving back to your community? Become a volunteer at the Museum! Get started by attending an open house. Volunteers are needed to assist with exhibits, such as the Butterfly House, assist in the archives, assist with maintenance, run Planetarium shows, and more. Open houses are held the first Monday of each month at 4:30 pm. New volunteers are welcome to stay for the all-staff at 5:15.

Date(s):  Monday, December-4-2017 @ 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM