December is an exciting month at Powerhouse! We have so many activities you won’t want to miss, including meeting real scientists from UC Davis and two weeks of awesome holiday break programming. What we are most excited to share with you though is our brand new exhibit, Expedition Science, scheduled to open December 15th! This new experience will take you on a journey through time and explore how science plays an important role in our past, present and future. In order to install this new experience Powerhouse will be closed to the public December 3-14. We hope you will join us for the big reveal on December 15, and don’t forget Powerhouse members get early entry on opening day. Need to join or renew your membership? CLICK HERE
Please also take note of our special holiday hours:
December 24 and December 31: Powerhouse closes at 2:00pm.
December 25 and January 1: Powerhouse closed.
FAMILY WORKSHOP: FORCES AND PHYSICS | DECEMBER 1 | 9:30AM-10:30 AM
Come learn how energy takes on different forms by designing and constructing a roller coaster ride in this kinetic workshop! Workshops are designed for children ages 5 and up. A minimum of one adult for every two children participating is required. CLICK HERE to register.
MEET A SCIENTIST WEEKEND | DECEMBER 1-2 | 11:00AM-3:00PM
Scientists from UC Davis will be out at Powerhouse all weekend ready to share their research and answer all your questions! Each scientist will have a station with a hands-on activity that connects to current science in our community. As you visit each station you can fill up your “science passport” with stamps and receive a special souvenir button at the end. All of the activities are FREE with admission.
GRAND OPENING OF EXPEDITION SCIENCE | DECEMBER 15 | 10:00AM
Examine fossils, learn about the interior layers of the Earth, and explore the outer reaches of our solar system in our newest exhibit. Powerhouse members are the first to see Expedition Science at a special preview event. Need to join or renew? CLICK HERE.
TRAVEL THROUGH TIME | DECEMBER 22-JANUARY 6
Come to powerhouse over the holiday break to explore what we know about our past and use that information to try and predict what may be in store for our future. We have a schedule packed with activities for scientists of every age. We look forward to seeing you!
DAILY PLANETARIUM SHOWS at 1:00pm and 3:00pm
In addition to exploring the current night skies we will also be exploring how our solar system appeared in past and what it might look like in the future.
December 22-31: We are going back in time to the age of the dinosaurs! Was the moon closer to us? Could the dinosaurs see the Big Dipper? Come find out.
January 2-6: For the New Year we travel to future skies. Is our night sky as unchanging as it looks? Could galaxies collide? Let’s find out!
SCIENCE STORYTIME daily at 11:00am
Come to Nature Discovery and hear a story about dinosaurs from the past or a robot from the future. Afterwards, make a finger puppet to take home.
December 22-31 | We Don’t Eat Our Classmates, by Ryan T. Higgins
It’s the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can’t wait to meet her classmates. But it’s hard to make human friends when they’re so darn delicious! That is, until Penelope gets a taste of her own medicine and finds she may not be at the top of the food chain after all. . . .
January 2-6 | Clink, by Kelly DiPucchio
Clink was a state-of-the-art robot with the dazzling ability to make toast and play music at the same time. But that was many years ago. Now kids want snazzier robots who do things like play baseball and bake cookies. So day after day, Clink sits on a shelf and sadly watches as his friends leave with their new owners. He almost gives up on ever finding a home—until the day Clink spies a boy who just might be able to be the right one for him. . .
DESIGN LAB daily 12:00PM-4:00pm
Explore the mysteries of the past and try to predict what our future world will look like through activities like animal habitat construction and mini stop motion documentaries. You can also create a custom paleontologist vest or astronaut space suit to wear for future science adventures!