For a day-by-day look at what's going on inside the big yellow building on the Riverfront, scroll down to our calendar listings at the bottom of the page.
The Art of Color and the Science of Sports
In Studio D this month, get set for some tape painting, construct your own sun catcher, create a unique crayon resist painting, or try out some golf ball target practice, all while enjoying various sensory explorations with salt, beans, magnets, or slime, as well as painting on the easels.
Calling all athletes and sports scientists to our exploration of the science behind the Olympic Games! Test your strength and skills in our “DCM Gym of Challenges,” learn how Olympians use the laws of physics to enhance their abilities during “Physic-al Feats,” examine the mechanics of the human body and learn what makes us perfect for sports in “Anatomical Anomalies,” and help your body get the energy it needs to win by creating a nutritious plate in “Fuel your Body”.
Finally, be sure to join us for our annual End of Summer Bash, on Friday, August 19 from 5-8pm. Admission is only $5 for 3 hours of summer fun, and, as always, members are free! Test your strength, speed, agility, and balance with a variety of Olympic-themed games located throughout the museum, visit with Stuffee, our 7 foot tall doll and ambassador for good health, who will help you learn more about how your body works, and welcome the end of summer in style with soda geyser explosions!
Don’t forget to visit our newly opened Tree Pavilion, crawl through its hollowed-out trunk, and maybe take a picture inside!
***Featured Events and Programs***
August 6 • 11am, 1pm & 3pm
Future pilots wanted! Celebrate flight and all things that soar through the air during this interactive, monthly physics adventure. This month we'll explore the topic of hot air balloons. Learn about the parts of a hot air balloon and how they ‘fly.’ Then make your own and see how high it goes!
Try Science: Be an Ecologist
August 13 • 11am, 1pm & 3pm
If plants, animals, and the outdoors are your thing, join us for a fun exploration of ecology at the DCM! Discover the water cycle in action with our biome in a jar and plant some seeds to take home, learn how animals get water (important for all living things) in some surprising ways, and make a wind chime out of common household materials.
Learn about the Power of Me with Stuffee!
August 20 • 11am, 1pm & 3pm
“Come meet Stuffee, our 7’ cloth doll and ambassador for good health. Stuffee unzips to reveal major organs, which makes learning about anatomy, health, and nutrition fun!”
Jr. Engineers: Be an Optical Engineer
August 27 • 11am, 1pm, & 3pm
What is optical engineering? How does your eye work, and how do engineers focus and control the power of light to create products and technologies we use every day? Discuss what diverse items like plants, CDs, cameras and microscopes all have in common as we experiment with light refraction by making a sunlight box (weather permitting), learn how light travels with some hands-on activities, and experiment with lenses to learn how they bend light.
***Fun $5 after 5 Friday Night Programs***
August 5 • 5pm-7pm
Arrrgh Mateys! Meet at the pirate ship for a fun-filled adventure led by the DCM’s own pirates-in-residence. Read a pirate story, learn to talk like a pirate, and construct an important tool to take with you on a museum-wide treasure hunt.
Family Game Night
August 12 • 5pm-8pm
All throughout the museum enjoy classic family games with some added DCM flavor. Challenge a friend to a game of giant checkers, play ‘plate toss tic tac toe’, jumbo Jenga and more. Then learn some new games that the whole family can enjoy together!
DCM End of Summer Bash
August 19 • 5pm-8pm
Summer at the DCM goes out with a bang! Guests can test their skills in a variety of Olympic challenges located throughout the museum, learn about keeping your body healthy and strong with our giant doll, Stuffee, and help us set off a plethora of soda geysers!
DCM Recycled Makerspace
August 26 • 5pm-7pm
We love to build and create new things here at the DCM, so much that we have created a makerspace! Come join us as we gather to create, invent and learn while reusing household items. You bring your imagination and we will supply everything else!