Summer of Science

School’s out. The heat and humidity are rising. And the kids are restless. The Lafayette Science Museum has a scientific solution: entertaining, informative exhibits and events that add up to a sizzling Summer of Science.
 
Here’s a list of the planetarium events we’ve got planned for summer:
 
Every Wednesday at Noon during July & August
Lunchtime Sidewalk Astronomy
Watch for one of the planetarium’s telescopes by the Museum at the corner of Jefferson and Congress Streets. See a safely filtered view of the sun and any sunspots that day!
 
July 10 - 14
Zoo-kulele Summer Camp
Ukes, Bugs, and Bones, Oh my! Our Ukes & You summer camp has returned with a buggin' twist. Campers will have the opportunity to learn tunes on the ukulele while discovering facts about the many giants and tiny critters that LSM has to offer on display! All levels of experience are welcome, and thanks to Lafayette Music Company, ukuleles are provided to use for all campers!
 
July 12
Get Ready for the Eclipse (Lafayette South Regional Library)
Planetarium Curator Dave Hostetter will visit three branches of the Lafayette Public Library with programs about the eclipse. Find out what’s happening and how to view the eclipse safely. Remember, you should never look directly at the sun!
 
July 17 - 21
School of Rocks Summer Camp
Paleontology & Percussion puts an innovative spin to music education. Campers will uncover the rhythm of rocks, plants, and animals while having hands-on experience with the percussion family.
 
July 17
Get Ready for the Eclipse (Lafayette North Regional Library)
Planetarium Curator Dave Hostetter will visit three branches of the Lafayette Public Library with programs about the eclipse. Find out what’s happening and how to view the eclipse safely. Remember, you should never look directly at the sun!
 
July 18
Get Ready for the Eclipse (Lafayette East Regional Library)
Planetarium Curator Dave Hostetter will visit three branches of the Lafayette Public Library with programs about the eclipse. Find out what’s happening and how to view the eclipse safely. Remember, you should never look directly at the sun!
 
August 1 - 3
Planetarium Marathon
Enjoy seven planetarium programs a day for three days in a row! And the only programs that will repeat are our regular 4:00 p.m. ‘Sky Tonight’ programs! Some programs will be designed for children while most will be for the general public. Topics include constellations, telescopes, planets, stars, galaxies, space flight, and more – pick your preference or see ‘em all! Click HERE for a complete schedule and program descriptions.
 
August 12
ArtWalk Sidewalk Astronomy
Look for the planetarium's telescope during ArtWalk! Weather permitting, we'll start by showing the sun safely from the sidewalk on Jefferson Street about a block from the Museum, and as the sun starts to go down we'll relocate to Parc Sans Souci near the fountain to observe Jupiter and Saturn.
 
August 21
Partial Eclipse Viewing Party
Weather permitting, the planetarium staff and volunteers will set up safe solar telescopes and other safe solar observing materials near the gazebo in Parc Sans Souci near the Museum for viewing the partial solar eclipse. With about three-quarters of the sun's disk blocked from view at maximum, this will be the best partial solar eclipse seen in Acadiana in many years!
 
When you visit Lafayette Science Museum this summer, you’ll experience:
 
Virtual Reality Laboratory
This first-of-its-kind exhibit will completely transport you into immersive new worlds. Eight science-themed stations will let you blast off with Apollo 11, journey inside the human body, explore the wonders of the deepest oceans – and much more! The VR Lab will also feature Acadiana 360, a captivating new way to experience our uniquely Cajun culture through virtual reality. Two-step at a Fais Do-Do, ride in a Mardi Gras parade and even take a swamp tour – all captured using advanced VR technology. Learn more HERE.
 
Planetarium
The Museum’s digital planetarium (the most advanced in the state) has an exciting slate of programming and activities this summer. Learn about the Apollo missions, stars, the Space Race, galaxies and more. Special kid-friendly programming on Saturday mornings, too. Learn more HERE.
 
The Crawl Space: Enter the World of Entomology
This exhibit puts the focus on beetles and bugs, spiders, millipedes, scorpions, and more. You’ll see a variety of creatures, including some you'll be glad are behind the glass, such as tarantulas and a wolf spider. There will be plenty of wiggling and wriggling, so it’s a great experience for families. Learn more HERE.
 
The Virtual Aquarium
Tap the screen to interact with a watery world. Can you get the moray eel to come out to play? Learn more HERE.
 
We’re excited about immersive STEM education. Spend this Summer of Science with us!