Enjoy monthly programs like Curiosity and Questioning corner for deeper dives into fun topics like space and paleontology.

Want to explore on your own? Visit our hours & admission page to plan your visit.

Curiosity Days

Each month, we present focused hands-on activities related to a special theme. Come in from 1pm to 4pm to enjoy these activities, curated for learners ages 6+ and included with admission.

Admission is $10 for ages 3+, and free for annual MESS Hall members.

September 28, 2019 | Weather | Build and test tools for measuring the weather. Investigate what causes our changing environment.
October 19, 2019 | Fossil Day | What lies below the surface? Join us for a fossil hunting workshop (register online) and get a firsthand look at what they can tell us about the past.

  • Fossil Hunt  – Pre-registration required.  
  • Advanced Eocene Fossil Identification Workshop 
    Oct 19 | 11:30AM
    Take a deeper dive into fossil identification with our friends from the Emerald Coast Fossil Hunters group during this FREE event. Enjoy 1.5hrs of intensive examples and instruction on Eocene period fossil identification. Begins promptly at 11:30AM. Strictly for ages 14+.  Pre-registration required. Space is limited. Does not include museum admission.

November 11, 2019 | Space | The planets have aligned to make this Curiosity Day an out of this world experience. We will begin early with a chance to view a rare Mercury transit of the sun (next occurring in our area in 2049). Inside, learn more about our solar system, investigate how scientists are finding planets outside our solar system, and imagine the life that might be there.

Questioning Corner

Questioning Corner engages young learners in age appropriate exploration related to special themes. Activities are geared for learners ages 3-8. Programs are from 10 AM – noon and included with admission.

Admission is $10 for everyone 3+, free for MESS Hall members.

September 14, 2019 | Sound -| Listen – what do you hear? Explore ways we make and hear sounds
October 12, 2019 | Ecology | Look closely at nature to discover the hidden patterns. Categorize and analyze living things?
November 2, 2019 | Space | Bring the sun, moon, and starts down to Earth with hands-on activities that encourage observing, predicting, and investigating.

Homeschool Field Trips

Pre-registration required.

Dates for 2019-2020 below. These programs begin with an interactive science-show, followed by hands-on stations exploring monthly topics.  There is no charge for chaperones; Groups should plan for at least one chaperone per 5 students.

Homeschool Extended Hours – Tuesday, August 27, 2019 | Open at 10AM, calling for homeschooling families to explore together – stay all day.  $10/person, ages 3+

September 17, Tue
10AM – 11:30AM
October 16, Wed
10AM – 11:30AM
November 20, Wed
10AM – 11:30AM
January 16, Thu
10AM – 11:30AM
 Planet Earth$8/student
February 11, Tue
10AM – 11:30AM
April 8, Wed
10AM – 11:30AM
 April Showers$8/student
May 7, Thu
10AM – 11:30AM

Note that field trips are not included with member benefits. All students are $8 each. Preregistration required. For theme descriptions, please visit the homeschool programs page.

Girl Scout Programs

Earn your badge through hands-on exploration at the MESS Hall. Dates and themes below. Please sign up via the Girl Scouts of Gateway Counsel website. Cost: $13 for scouts, $2 for adults. 116 N Tarragona St.  Need more info? Please refer to the Gateway Guide or email us at groups@pensacolamesshall.org.

October 5 | Programming Robots, Robotics Badge 1 | Brownies, Juniors, & Cadettes | Details & registration | Enjoy an interactive Robotics Science Show followed by hands-on robotics activities. You’ll get to try out your own programming skills on your friends using Dash and Dot robots, construct a simple machine, and learn about robot senses.   

October 12 | Space Science Adventurers Badge | Brownies | Details & registration | Begin with an interactive science show about Earth and other planets, moons and stars, followed by hands-on activities. You’ll make a pocket solar system, match moon phases, play hide and seek with the
moon, construct a constellation viewer, and discover your weight on other worlds.