Spring Break Camp

Explore and create during Science Sampler, March 16 – 20, for grades 1st – 6th. Each day offers a new experiment or topic to dive into, following the campers’ interests. Topics include ecology and earth science, engineering, and more, scaled to their abilities.
Single-day sign up available. A morning session of camp is from 9 AM – noon. Extended option to 4 PM available.
A morning session is $20/$25 member/nonmember and the extended day adds $20/$25 per day.
Members check your email for your annual discount code. Contact us with any questions.

Register Online Today – March 16-20

Register Online for March 23-27

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 and flex pass holders.

January 25, 2020 | Nano| Imagine, Discover, and Explore a World That’s Too Small to See!

February 22, 2020 | Contraptions | Make your own chain of events in a Rube Goldberg style using simple machines. Creativity and engineering collide!

March 14, 2020 | Pi Day | Bring your circle of friends to play with the math surrounding the most famous irrational number, Pi, on 3/14. Actual pie not included.

April 18, 2020 | Coding | Celebrate Robotics Week by investigating coding.

May 9, 2020 | Micro | Explore the microscopic world, what is right in front of us, but is too small to see.

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 and flex pass holders.

January 11, 2020 | Air | Air has mass, air resistance, air takes up space, moving air has force.   Air is all around us, but we rarely give it much thought. 

February 8, 2020 | Energy | Get energetic with us as you investigate different forms of energy from your muscles to sound.

April 04, 2020 | Water | All hands-on experimenting with surface tension, refraction & other properties of water.

May 16, 2020 | Body | Explore each of the senses with scaled physiology activities.

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.

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.

Gulf Coast Science Festival

Mark your calendars for the 3rd annual Gulf Coast Science Festival, to be held on March 27-28, 2020. This Festival features a variety of science- and technology-related activities, inspiring curiosity, experimentation, and creative problem solving for both children and adults.

Expo Day | March 28, 2020 | 10AM – 2PM
Make plans to join us at Seville Square, accompanied by organizations from across our region with engaging activities that make science accessible and fun for people of all ages.

Field Trip Day | March 27, 2020| 9:30AM – noon
Teachers, bring your students in grades 5-8 for a free trip to explore hands on science presented by organizations throughout our community. Reservations required–space is limited.
Stay up-to-date by following our Teacher Newsletter.

MESS Hall Goes Gourmet | March 29, 2020
Our annual fundraising gala. A multi-course, gourmet meal prepared by local award-winning chefs during a night of fun and inspiration of curiosity through your support. 

Does your organization want to participate?  Get a head start by contacting us to learn more about how to get involved and share science with us!

Sponsors of the Gulf Coast Science Festival make the entire event possible! Please contact us for more information about being a sponsor.

Girl Scouts Designing Robots Badge

Feb 1, 2020 | 6PM – 7:30PM

Join the Pensacola MESS Hall to earn your Designing Robots badge! Enjoy a presentation about robots and biomimicry to discover how robots are inspired by nature. Then work together with your fellow engineers to design and build a prototype of a robot that will go on a mission to Mars!

* Level-specific Designing Robots badge included for each registered Girl Scout girl.
* This event is for 2019-20 registered Girl Scout girls and adults.
*Due to capacity restrictions, only leaders and co-leaders should accompany girls to keep the girl/adult ratio.

Cost: $13/Girl Scout, $2/adult
Contact: customercare@girlscouts-gateway.org, (877) 764-5237
Register by Jan. 20 at noon.