Science after Dark: Jingle Booze. Tonight at the Museum of Discovery

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Fa La La La La La La La Cocktails! Join the Museum of Discovery for the final Science after Dark of 2019.

This evening it is a holiday-themed Science After Dark! Be sure to wear your ugly sweaters!

Sponsors Fassler Hall Little Rock will sell food, Stone’s Throw Brewing will sell beer and Rock Town Distillery will sell cocktails.

You must be at least 21 to enter. Tickets are $5 or free for members and can be purchased online or at the door.

Paint with the Animals of the Museum of Discovery today from 2pm to 4pm

Some of the animals living at Museum of Discovery have recently taken up painting as an enrichment activity.  Soon, their paintings will be available for purchase in our Explore Store.  But because watching the animals painting is just as fun as owning one of their masterpieces, they are hosting a painting party for our guests!

During the party you will watch a variety of our animals paint (using a non-toxic tempera paint) and be able to collaborate with them by painting yourself by using objects such as feathers, snake skins and more! You will also be able to take a collaborative art piece home!

All children must be accompanied with an adult.  Tickets to this event must be purchased in advance.  Tickets are $5 for adult and children Museum of Discovery members and $15 for adult non-members and $13 for children non-members (this includes the cost of museum admission.)  Museum members must show proof of membership at the door.

Spooky Science today at the Museum of Discovery

Looking for a family-friendly Halloween event? Then Spooky Science at Museum of Discovery from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 26, is for you! Here are the fun, but not-too-spine-tingling activities you can enjoy:

  • Static Ghosts
  • Fall-Themed Loose Parts Play
  • Leaf Rubbings
  • Halloween Games with Game Goblins
  • Cardboard Mask Creations
  • Frankenstein’s Electricity Lab
  • Spooky Science Shows at 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. & 2 p.m.
  • Tesla Shows at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
  • Mystery Boxes
  • Candy Corn Construction
  • Large-Scale Spider Web Build
  • Meet Creepy, Crawly Animals
  • Glow Lab & Shadow Play
  • Hack-O-Lanterns

Spooky Science is included in regular museum admission or free for museum members. Purchase your tickets at the door or online.

Become a museum member and receive free admission for one year along with many other benefits, including free admission to hundreds of museums across the country! Memberships make great holiday gifts too! Purchase yours online.

Big Boo!-seum Bash tonight

Sponsored by the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau (LRCVB), Big Boo!-seum Bash will take place Thursday, October 24, 2019, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Hosted by the Greater Little Rock Museums and Attractions Consortium, the event will feature 14 partners at nine downtown attractions.

Big Boo!-seum Bash is a free, family-friendly event that provides people the opportunity to visit many of Little Rock’s museums and cultural attractions for a night of safe trick-or-treating and family fun and games. Visitors are encouraged to dress in Halloween costumes.

“The Big Boo!-seum Bash was created to provide the public free access to our great local museums and cultural attractions. It’s a great family-oriented event in secure locations that people of all ages enjoy,” said Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau President & CEO Gretchen Hall. “It’s a perfect time to visit an attraction possibly for the first time, or re-visit one that you haven’t been to in a while,” she added.

Prize Information:

Printed by Target Printing & Office Centre, game cards will be provided at each participating Boo!-seum location. Get your card stamped at each participating location to be eligible for prize drawings. Entry instructions are printed on the game cards. Prize entrants must be 18 years of age or younger. Prizes include:

  • Grand Prize – Electronic Tablet. Visitors must visit all nine locations to be eligible.
  • Second Prize – $100 gift card. Visitors must visit seven or more locations to be eligible.
  • Third Prize – Goody basket with items donated by LRCVB, NLRCVB and Boo!-seum Bash participants.
  • Social Media Prize – Special Boo!seum Goody basket. Entrants must tag #LRBooseum on Facebook and/or Instagram for drawing eligibility.

2019 Big Boo!-seum Participants Include:

  • Arkansas Arts CenterNEW location: Terry House Mansion, 411 E 7th St
    • Central Arkansas Library System will participate on-site
    • Central Arkansas Water will participate on-site
  • Heifer International – 1 World Ave
  • Historic Arkansas Museum – 200 E 3rd St
  • Little Rock Visitor Center at Historic Curran Hall – 615 E Capitol Ave
  • MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History – 503 E 9th St
    • Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum will participate on-site
  • Mosaic Templars Cultural Center – 9th St and Broadway
    • Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site will participate on-site
  • Museum of Discovery – 500 President Clinton Ave
    • Central Arkansas Library System will participate on-site
  • Old State House Museum – 300 W Markham St
    • Arkansas Secretary of State will participate on site
  • Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center – 602 President Clinton Ave

Artober – Museums…. the Museum of Discovery

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October is Arts and Humanities Month nationally and in Little Rock. Americans for the Arts has identified a different arts topic to be posted for each day in the month. Today looks at the Museum of Discovery.

Related imageLittle Rock’s oldest museum, it was founded in 1927 as the Museum of Natural History & Antiquities. After starting in a downtown storefront, it later moved to the third floor of Little Rock City Hall. In December 1929, it was given to the City as a “Christmas present.”  In the mid-1930s, the museum went dormant when the space it occupied in City Hall was needed to house federal New Deal agency offices.

In 1942, the museum reopened in a new location, the formal Arsenal Tower in City Park (now MacArthur Park.) It would remain in that building for over 50 years.  In 1998, with name change to its current one, it relocated to the Museum Center in the River Market district. In 2011, the facility closed for a major renovation and reopened in January 2012.

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Today, the Museum of Discovery is Arkansas’ premier science and technology center, with a mission to ignite and fuel a passion for science, technology, engineering, arts and math through dynamic, interactive experiences.

The permanent galleries include Discovery Hall, the Amazing You gallery, Earth Journeys, Tinkering Studio, Room to Grow, the Tesla Theater and Tornado Alley Theater.

It has been ranked the 6th best Science Museum in the US. by MENSA.