Science Saturdays 2019-2020

Science Saturdays are family friendly events that have a variety of hands-on science activities for guests of all ages. Admission is FREE for everyone during Science Saturday, which usually falls on the last Saturday of every month during the school year, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.

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August 31, 2019 - Funky Fungi

Have you ever wondered where mushrooms come from, what that “moss” is hanging from the branches in an oak tree, or what lies beneath the rotting logs on a Redwood forest floor? Find out when we explore the hidden kingdom of fungus! Try completing a mushroom cap craft, learn about lace lichen under the microscope, and much more! As always, admission to Science Saturday is free, and the event runs from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.

September 28, 2019 - The Sounds of Science

Did you know that our oceans are getting noisier, that plants might grow better with classical music playing, or that NASA scientists have converted solar flares into sound waves to learn about the sun? From rabbit ears to bat echolocation, from owls in flight to dolphin sonar, the sense of hearing and the power of sound plays an important role in the natural world and how we study it. Join us to learn more, make cool crafts, and play fun games all about the science of sounds! As always, admission to Science Saturday is free, and the event runs from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.

October 26, 2019 - Bats, Spiders, and Snakes

Join us as we slither into the magical world of bats, spiders, and snakes. Learn about these amazing (and important!) animals as you visit fun and educational stations throughout the Museum. Don't miss this opportunity to meet a live animal up close, take home a creepy craft, and more. As always, admission to Science Saturday is free, and the event runs from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.

November 30, 2019 - Magnificent Monarchs

Celebrate the return of Pacific Grove's monarch butterfly population during Magnificent Monarchs on Saturday, November 30th, from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. at the Museum. View live butterflies up close, migrate like a monarch, and learn how to garden with butterflies in mind. You can help our visiting monarchs by taking home your very own native wildflower pot! Science Saturdays are free and open to everyone.

January 25, 2020 - Amazing Migrations

Join us for January’s Science Saturday, Amazing Migrations, as we investigate the world of long-distance animal travels. Whales, birds, insects, and more will be the focus of our deeper look at these natural phenomena. Learn about the many amazing migratory birds that visit Monterey County every year and celebrate another birthday for Sandy the Whale with cake served at noon! As always, admission to Science Saturday is free, and the event runs from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.

February 29, 2020 - Animal Athletes

This highest jumping, fastest flying, strongest biting Science Saturday of the year focuses on the Olympians in the animal kingdom. From falcons to mountain lions, and beetles to beavers, every athlete has a story to tell. Join us for crafts, activities, and science as we sprint, jump, and dive into the world of Animal Athletes. As always, admission to Science Saturday is free, and the event runs from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.

March 28, 2020 - Bees, Wasps, Honey, and Hives

Explore the sweet-side of science as Science Saturday turns its attention to Bees, Wasps, Honey, and Hives. Do all bees make honey? How do you tell a wasp from a bee? Do all bees sting? Find the answers to all of your buzzing questions as you complete a craft, and learn about some of our most important local pollinators. As always, admission to Science Saturday is free, and the event runs from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.

April 25, 2020 - Day of the Dinosaur

Day of the Dino - Prepare for time-travel during this prehistoric Science Saturday, when we'll set our sights on the age of the dinosaurs. Presented in partnership with the Carmel Valley Gem and Mineral Society, this event will feature fossils, footprints, and more as we learn what made the dinosaurs so successful, and also what led to their extinction. As always, admission to Science Saturday is free, and the event runs from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.

May 30, 2020 - Water Wild

Dive in for a refreshing look at rivers, creeks, and streams. We'll focus on freshwater wildlife, watershed science, and the Museum's role in studying the health of these important places. View projects from local students and make a craft to take home during this fun, family event! As always, admission to Science Saturday is free, and the event runs from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.