Upcoming Events | Pensacola MESS Hall

Upcoming Events

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.

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
 Sound $8/student
October 16, Wed
10AM – 11:30AM
 Chemistry $8/student
November 20, Wed
10AM – 11:30AM
 Ecology $8/student
January 16, Thu
10AM – 11:30AM
 Planet Earth $8/student
February 11, Tue
10AM – 11:30AM
 Electricity $8/student
April 8, Wed
10AM – 11:30AM
 April Showers $8/student
May 7, Thu
10AM – 11:30AM
 Light $8/student

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.  Need more info? Please refer to the Gateway Guide or email us at groups@pensacolamesshall.org.

Programs are 6PM – 7:30PM at 116 N Tarragona St.

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. 

November 2 | Entertainment Technology Badge | Juniors | Details & registration | In this program, you’ll make your own animation, explore video game effects, and inspect the science of sound.

November 16 | Special Agent Badge | Cadettes | Details & registration | You’ll get started with a special guest who is an actor, improv artist and
mystery writer, and join her for a special workshop with your group to help you create your own mysteries. Then you’ll get to try your hand at sleuthing using forensic tools like fingerprint analysis, doing DNA extraction, and more.


Hidden No More

November 5, 2019. 5:30-7 PM.

Nine women in STEM will discuss their work — From robotics, to electric drive technologies, to women in IT, to environmental studies

Join the MESS Hall & the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council as they welcome visitors from Austria, Costa Rica, Fiji, Mongolia, Namibia, Sweden, Tanzania, Timor-Leste & United Arab Emirates in celebration International Science Center & Science Museum Day.

The visitors are participating in the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program on a project titled #HiddenNoMore: Empowering Women Leaders in STEM. Three will present overviews of their work, detailing how what was once viewed as science fiction is today’s reality. All will be available for Q & A as well as networking with the audience.

Diplomacy Council Members only networking from 5:00 – 5:30
TICKETS: General Admission – $10
Citizen Diplomacy Council Members – $8
Students – $5

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Science Uncorked | November 10, 2019 | 6pm

Sip, savor, and support science in your community during our fall fundraiser. Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeurves, and a showcase of how we inspire curiosity through math, engineering, science, and stuff!
Sponsorships available. Please email us if you are interested. 

PRESALE $45 – Before Oct 10
$50 – Individual Ticket after Oct 10

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ATTIRE: Smart Casual
Ages 21+

Thank you to our Sponsors: 
Navy Federal Credit Union
Gulf Power & Mott MacDonald