PUBLIC EVENTS

Children’s Dental Health Fair

Saturday, February 3rd
10:00am to 1:00pm

Join the South Plains Dental Society for their annual Give Kids a Smile; Children’s Dental Health Fair at the Science Spectrum, Saturday, February 3rd from 10:00am to 1:00pm.

This annual health awareness fair is always a huge family hit. Not only will families receive invaluable oral health information and lots of free “toothy” giveaways, but will also have a blast doing it! Best of all, the event and regular Science Spectrum Museum admission are totally *FREE to all children up to age 12. This is a great opportunity for families that may not regularly attend the Science Spectrum to try it out and see all the great family fun and learning that awaits them!

Enjoy These *FREE Activities:

  • Children’s Dental Health Screenings by a Dentist!
  • Kids Toothbrush & Dental Health Giveaways!
  • Lots of Booths with Great Oral Health Information!
  • Tons of Cool Games and Prizes!
  • Face Painting & Balloons!
  • Awesome Door Prizes!
  • Special guests!
  • Children up to age 12 will be admitted FREE to the Science Spectrum Museum from 10:00am until 1:00pm only. (*All children must be accompanied by a paying adult. Regular OMNI Theater rates apply to all individuals.)

Adult Ticket admission to the Science Spectrum Museum: $8.00

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Dream Big Engineering Fair

Saturday, February 10th
10:00am to 3:00pm

Join the Science Spectrum, Texas Tech University’s Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering students and faculty and area High School Engineering Clubs for the DREAM BIG Engineering Fair at the Science Spectrum, Saturday, February 10th from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

This *FREE event is being held in the lobby and Exhibit Hall of the Science Spectrum in celebration of National Engineers Week (Feb. 18-24, 2018) and the all new giant screen film Dream Big: Engineering Our World showing at the OMNI Theater. Tickets for the OMNI film Dream Big will be discounted this one day only at a special rate of $5.00 per person.

Families attending the fair will be able to participate in tons of amazing hands-on engineering based activities, see examples of real world research and development of new technologies in areas like solar and wind energy, drones, race cars, robotics, explosives, as well as discovering what engineers really do and what a career in engineering is all about.

About the OMNI film Dream Big: Engineering Our World

Who will build the amazing future of our human race? That question sparks a giant-screen adventure unlike any other in Dream Big: Engineering Our World, an epically fun tour of inspiration through the visionary advances made by yesterday’s, today’s, and most thrillingly of all, tomorrow’s engineers.

Throughout human history, engineers have been behind the scenes forging an ingenious variety of lifesaving, even civilization altering, structures, gadgets, and gizmos. Yet never before have engineers been so vital to humanity and so visible in culture as they are now, as young women and men literally shoot for the stars and bust through old barriers to create a world only they can imagine.

Narrated by Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges, this is the story told by Dream Big, marking the first film for giant-screen theaters to answer the call of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) initiative, which offers a fresh perspective on engineering and aims to inspire kids of diverse backgrounds to become the innovators, educators and leaders who will improve the lives of people across our entire planet throughout the 21st Century.

Enjoy These Activities:

  • Kid friendly hands-on engineering experiments & building activities
  • Lots of technology and research displays
  • Formula One style race car
  • Robots & drones
  • Concrete canoes that float
  • Steel bridges of the future
  • Special live presentations by TTU Researchers on new technologies
  • Info. on renewable energy; solar and wind power
  • Children’s Engineering Book reading
  • Explore different fields of engineering and find out what engineers do and the impact they are making on society.

Chinese New Year Festival

“Year of the Dog”

Saturday, February 17th
1:00pm to 4:00pm

A *Free Cultural Event in Coordination with the film Mysteries of China Now Showing at the SCIENCE SPECTRUM OMNI THEATER.

Take a trip to China without leaving your own backyard… Experience the sights and sounds of the most celebrated traditional festival and holiday in China, the New Year or “Spring Festival” as it is also known. This year the Chinese New Year begins on Friday, February 16th. According to the Chinese calendar, 2018 is the “Year of the Dog”. Each year in a twelve year cycle, a new animal is chosen to represent that year.

Explore traditional Chinese culture, music, a dragon dance, dress, writing and language, cultural objects, math and science as the Science Spectrum & OMNI Theater showcases ancient and modern Chinese history and culture at the Chinese New Year Festival. This *free event will be held in the lobby of the museum and OMNI Theater on Saturday, Feb. 17th from 1:00 to 4:00pm in association with the Texas Tech Chinese Students Association and Chinese Language Club.

Through hands-on activities, children’s crafts and experiments, encounter the creative inventions and unique methods of discovery led by the ancient Chinese in science and technology, as well as many other areas. See how these discoveries have affected technology today! This free event is being held in conjunction with the large format film, Mysteries of China, currently being shown at the OMNI Theater.

Mysteries of China the film, captures one of the great archaeological events of the modern age, telling the story of ancient China, the First Emperor, and the literal foundation of the China we know today. Through the lens of this groundbreaking discovery, we explore an ancient time when a fierce warrior brought together a warring nation and how an accidental discovery changed everything we know about China’s past.

The discovery of the Terracotta Warriors and the Tomb of the First Emperor offers a unique time capsule into the past, revealing many things about this great country, which is used to tell a larger story of the growth of China into a true superpower. From modern China to ancient China and back again, the film is a visual adventure, using beautiful aerial photography and cutting-edge time-lapse techniques to reveal great majesty, tragedy, splendor and growth in a nation that continues to excel quickly into the future.

Mysteries of China film website & trailer video: www.gsfilms.com.

*Free event located in the lobby of the Science Spectrum & OMNI Theater. Standard museum rates of $8.00 for adults and $6.50 for children (3-12) and Seniors (60+) will apply for those choosing to attend the museum.

**This one day only, see Mysteries of China in the OMNI Theater for special discounted rate of only $5.00 per ticket (all ages 3+).

Severe Weather Awareness Day

Saturday, March 3rd
10:00am to 4:00pm

The Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society at Texas Tech University, along with KCBD News Channel 11, the National Weather Service, and the Science Spectrum, will be hosting Lubbock’s 12th annual Severe Weather Awareness Day on Saturday, March 3rd, from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Science Spectrum & OMNI Theater.

Activities will include hands-on weather experiments for kids of all ages, live weather demonstrations with tornado and lightning simulators, information on severe weather preparedness, and door prizes. Storm Chasing vehicles and weather instrumentation from Texas Tech’s Severe Storm Research Team as well as emergency vehicles from area EMS and Fire Departments will be on-site and open for all to see.

Special OMNI Theater screenings of the film Extreme Weather will also be featured in celebration of the day’s events. Extreme Weather lets audiences ride along with researchers and chasers to get closer to falling ice from melting glaciers, severe storms and tornadoes, as well as huge wildfires caused by extensive drought than most would ever dare! For additional film information visit, http://movies.nationalgeographic.com/movies/extreme-weather/

Forecasters from the National Weather Service (NWS) office that serves the South Plains area, whose local offices are located in the Science Spectrum building, will also be providing tornado and Severe Weather Safety information to the public.

Additionally, come out and meet John Robison, Steve Divine, and Cary Allen from the KCBD weather crew for a weather-filled day of fun!

This is a *FREE event for the general public and will be located in the Science Spectrum’s main lobby and front lawn. *Standard ticket rates apply for all OMNI Theater films and museum admission.

Showtimes for Extreme Weather on March 3rd will be 11:00am, 2:00 & 4:00pm.