12 Days of Science

Reindeer! Penguins! Sock skating! Frozen hot chocolate! Bring your family and make memories to last a lifetime this holiday season at Liberty Science Center.

Join us for our 12 Days of Science celebration from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1. Experience the Science Center at its most festive as we turn into a winter wonderland with activities for all ages.

There’s wintry, seasonal fun happening all throughout 12 Days of Science. Every day, families will love taking a spin on our Sock Skating Rink and creating their own cool creation in the Snowflake Factory. Everyone will love our new holiday shows in the planetarium!

Each day also brings its own fun, magical theme. Take a look at the schedule:

Dec. 26: Reindeer R & R Day

Reindeer deserve rest and relaxation after the busy holiday season! From 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, meet a real reindeer who’s recharging at LSC before heading north. This activity is free with general admission! Click here to get tickets for Dec. 26.

Dec. 27: Reindeer R & R Day

The reindeer fun continues! Join us again from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm as a real reindeer stops by the Science Center to recharge before heading north. This activity is free with general admission!


In addition to the reindeer, today you can meet an African penguin, up close and personal! Be there for live presentations at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm. This activity is free with general admission, but due to space, we ask that guests pick up a ticket in front of the Center for Learning and Teaching an hour before the show starts in order to reserve your spot.

Click here to get tickets for Dec. 27.

Dec. 28: Penguin & Peppermint Day

The penguins return!


On this day, meet an African penguin, up close and personal! Be there for live presentations at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm. Every audience member at the penguin show will also leave with a sweet peppermint stick! This activity is free with general admission, but due to space, we ask that guests pick up a ticket in front of the Center for Learning and Teaching an hour before the show starts in order to reserve your spot. Click here to get general admission tickets for Dec. 28.

Dec. 29: Big, Bold Bird Encounter Day

Meet a red-tailed hawk, an Eastern screech owl, and a turkey vulture during live presentations at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm. See these majestic birds in person and learn what makes them so unique! The first 600 audience members will get a page of winter fun stickers to keep! This activity is free with general admission, but due to space, we ask that guests pick up a ticket in front of the Center for Learning and Teaching an hour before the show starts in order to reserve your spot. Click here to get general admission tickets for Dec. 29.

Dec. 30: Big, Bold Bird Encounter Day

The birds return! Meet a red-tailed hawk, an Eastern screech owl, and a turkey vulture during live presentations at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm. See these majestic birds in person and learn what makes them so unique! The first 600 audience members will get a page of winter fun stickers to keep! This activity is free with general admission, but due to space, we ask that guests pick up a ticket in front of the Center for Learning and Teaching an hour before the show starts in order to reserve your spot. Click here to get general admission tickets for Dec. 30.

Dec. 31: Sock Skating Challenge Day

Our rink may not have real ice, but it is really slippery! All day, take a spin on our Sock Skating Rink – the first 450 kids to complete six loops around the rink today get a free pair of winter gloves! This activity is free with general admission. Click here to get tickets for Dec. 31.

Jan. 1: Frozen Hot Chocolate Day

Ring in the new year with us the sweetest way possible: with frozen hot chocolate! Join us at 11:00 am or 3:00 pm and watch as our scientists use liquid nitrogen to turn hot chocolate into a frozen treat, then try a taste! This activity is free with general admission, but due to space, we ask that guests pick up a ticket in front of the Center for Learning and Teaching an hour before the show starts in order to reserve your spot. Click here to get general admission tickets for Jan. 1.

Every day during 12 Days of Science, be sure to also check out two of our featured exhibitions: Angry Birds Universe and Dinosaur Train: The Traveling Exhibit!

Angry Birds Universe

Fly into an interactive adventure based on the Angry Birds games! This exhibition takes guests of all ages into the world of Angry Birds for thrilling adventures, both physically challenging and mentally stimulating. Use real slingshots to aim birds through the air. Build and race vehicles in a live version of the Angry Birds Go! kart racing game. Draw your own bird and animate it in the high-tech design studio. Conquer the climbing wall, explore real characteristics of birds, visit the vortex and earthquake tables, and more!.

This exhibition is available with the purchase of a Combination or Premium Pass.

Dinosaur Train: The Traveling Exhibit

Join a curious Tyrannosaurus rex named Buddy who travels the world to discover everything there is to know about dinosaurs! Based on the Dinosaur Train TV series, the exhibition embraces and celebrates the fascination kids have with both dinosaurs and trains. Explore all three time periods during the Age of Dinosaurs (Mesozoic Era – Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous). Learn the characteristics of herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores, and how dinosaurs are classified into these groups. Interact with real and replica fossils and learn how scientists use fossils to make dino discoveries!

This exhibition is included in general admission.

12 Days of Science photo contest

Oh, and one last thing! You could win a 1-year membership to LSC, free tickets, or an LSC swag bag when you enter our 12 Days of Science photo contest. All you need to do is take a photo at LSC during your visit to 12 Days, and post it to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #LSC12Days.

We'll look through the submissions and pick a handful of winners once 12 Days of Science has ended! Tip: The new Sock Skating Rink is a beautiful spot for pictures!

Don’t miss the fun! Click here to get tickets now for 12 Days of Science at Liberty Science Center.