Events & Special Series
|LEGO Bricks = Chemistry Week Fun!
October 22 – 26
Free with Center Admission
Did you know you could use LEGO bricks to understand chemistry? Come explore the field of chemistry and its uses in everyday life with us during National Chemistry Week. We’ll observe chemical reactions and model molecules with LEGO bricks, and we’ll marvel at reactions, including changing water into milk – is it magic or science at work?
Tricks & Treats Night
Friday, October 24, 6 - 9 p.m.
Members: Children $10, Adults $5
Future Members: Children $15, Adults $10
Price includes a ticket for a snack provided by Buffalo Wild Wings and Chick-fil-A®
iced tea or bottled water while supplies last. (Pre-registration guarantees a ticket for
a snack and drink.)
Are you ready for Sci-Port’s tricks, or do you want some treats? Meet our Creatures of
the Night – if you dare – including snakes and spiders! Take a walk through our Zombie Cemetery using your senses, make edible blood inside our Bat Cave, watch Dr. Frankenstein bring a monster to life, test your super hero skills and much, much more!
Don’t forget: our annual costume contest includes a family entry!
See the full list of activities and rules for the costume contest here.
Spooky Science Week
October 25 – November 2
FREE with Center Admission
Join the ghastly Sci-Port crew as we offer a full week of haunted, Halloween-inspired programming guaranteed to leave a chill shudder down your spine. Victims, err visitors, can observe the creatures of the night with a lesson in bat anatomy and dissection, experience the supernatural while making ectoplasm, experience the eerie sounds of the dark with Ghost Goblets, and supplement your inner "undead" with Edible Blood.
- Bat Dissection: Observe a live dissection of a creature of the night.
- Bat Anatomy: Observe the anatomy of our previously dissected bats.
- Ectoplasm: Mix up your very own batch of supernatural slime.
- Ghostly Goblets: Create your own instrument of spooky sound science.
- Halloween Hemoglobin: Make your own edible blood to bring out your inner bloodsucker.
Ready, Set, Craft & Code!
FREE, but registration for all four programs is required.
Limited to the first 12 registrants.
Call (318) 424-8660 to register.
Ever wonder how a piece of digital jewelry gets from concept to final product? Wonder no more: Sci-Port is hosting four workshops highlighting each step of the process in a new series called Craft and Code! The workshop series will be a four day project spread over two weeks, with registrants attending all four days to complete the series, ending with a final product: a piece of digital jewelry of their own design!
Day 1 (November 1, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.): We’ll introduce you to the basic design process: ask, imagine, plan, create and improve! Then we’ll walk through the overall project series and what each segment of the project will look like. Have questions about what you want to create? No problem. We’ll figure it out here, along with what resources are available (number of LEDs, limits of Arduino programming possibilities, etc.), and then spend time planning and creating 2D drawings of your jewelry creations.
Day 2 (November 2, Noon – 5 p.m.): Let’s focus on 3D technology, along with some coding and programming! The first part of the afternoon will be spent converting your drawings from 2D to 3D using computer software and making adjustments to designs.
The rest of the afternoon will be spent learning how to code your Arduino components and create the desired effects for your jewelry pieces.
Day 3 (November 8, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.): We’ll continue with the 3D technology by setting your designs up for print! You’ll understand how the equipment works, and we’ll finish up your coding, with time to test and reprogram if needed.
Day 4 (November 9, Noon – 5 p.m.): It’s time to see your finished product! We’ll put the programmed components into the 3D printed jewelry, add paint or polish, and complete any soldering of parts together. The first half of the afternoon will have us finishing our pieces, and the rest of the afternoon will be spent in a fun debrief session with your mentors, and then an "open house" style segment as the finale for registrants to show your parents what YOU created, what equipment YOU used, and what YOU learned.
Please note: Lunch will be provided on the Saturdays, with a snack being provided on Sundays. This series is made possible by The National Girls Collaborative Project.
Let it Glow, Let it Glow, Let it Glow with Paper Circuits!
Let It Glow Holiday Card Workshop
November 15, 22, 29 & Dec. 13, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. or 2 – 5 p.m.
$20 per person, per class, with 25 slots available.
Registration is required. Deadline to sign up is the Monday
before the Saturday’s class.
Children 8 and under require adult supervision.
Learn how to make your own light up holiday cards by using copper tape, a battery and LEDs! We’ll start by learning some simple paper circuitry in order to have a basic understanding of how circuits work (no soldering is required). You'll then choose from
two different design templates to make a personalized light up holiday card. We will
lay out the circuits together, you will customize your design, and take your card home
with you! Call (318) 424-8660 to reserve your spot today.
Materials included in this class are:
• Copper Tape • LEDs • Coin Cell Battery • LilyPad Button Board • Misc. Craft Supplies
*Classes are non-refundable. If you miss the workshop for any reason, you may pick up your class materials or reschedule to a later class (if available), no refunds will be made.
Celebrate a Scientist: Shingero Miyamoto
November 15 & 16
Free with Center Admission
Science on the Rocks Presents: Molecular Gastronomy
Ernest's Orleans Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge, Inc.
Saturday, November 22, 7 – 9 p.m., 21+ only
$25; Call (318) 424-8660, or buy your ticket online
Food meets science, and it is delicious! Executive Chef Ryan Gillespie, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, is one of only two chefs in our area trained in Molecular Gastronomy. So, what is that? Molecular Gastronomy emphasizes the scientific elements of cooking, from physics to chemistry. Think of liquid nitrogen-prepared ice cream or cocktails! You’ll get a taste of sphereficiation, emulsification and gelification with dishes involving clams, alginate, Liquid Nitrogen and much more. Go on… play with your food!
Ernest's will provide light appetizers, and participants may sample preparations made during the show.
Wait – impress your friends! We’ll have Molecular Cooking kits ($49.95) available for purchase at Ernest’s that you can use at home to re-create some of the food experiments!Recipes include mint caviar beads that burst in the mouth, chocolate spaghetti, lemon foam or tzatziki spheres! This all-encompassing kit includes four pre-measured food additives, five specialized molecular tools and a 50-recipe DVD that makes molecular gastronomy easy and accessible to all foodies.
First Saturday of every month, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Made possible by the DeSoto Parish Police Jury
Residents of DeSoto Parish will have free admission to Sci-Port: Louisiana's
Science Center’s permanent exhibit galleries on the first Saturday of each month
from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visitors must show proof of residency in DeSoto Parish to
receive free admission. Admission to Sci-Port includes access to over 290 hands-on
exhibits, daily interactive programs and demonstrations and the Dayna and Ronald L. Sawyer Space Dome Planetarium. Access to Sci-Port’s current traveling exhibit may
incur a small upcharge, which typically applies to all general visitors.
First Wednesday of every month
Caddo Parish and Bossier City residents enjoy $3 admission to Sci-Port's Discovery
Areas, Space Center and Space Dome Planetarium! Please present your proof of
Caddo Parish or Bossier City residence to the Visitor Services desk.
- September - May, discount applies all day.
- June - August, discount is available from 10 a.m. - Noon.
- IMAX® tickets may be purchased at discounted rate of $6 each.
Sponsored by the Caddo Parish Commission and Bossier City Council
Golden Days Matinee
We're not just your grandkids' science center!
Sci-Port is now offering discounted programming in the afternoons for senior adults. Our new Golden Days Matinee program will feature an IMAX® film screening, access to all Discovery Areas, 10% discount in our gift shop and a small variety of card and board games to play, all for $9 per person. Call (318) 424-8660 to book your group!