Wisconsin Science Festival 2018

Wisconsin Science Fest

From October 11-14, 2018, the Wisconsin Science Festival stretches across the state with events for people of all ages. Many events are low-cost or free to attend. You’ll find exhibitions, performances, tours, workshops and more. We’ve rounded up the events that are in and around Northeast Wisconsin geared to kids and families. As well as those that you will be able to access admission using the ASTC Passport Progam that is available as an addition to memberships at the Building for Kids, National Railroad Museum, and more.

Wisconsin Science Festival Events in Northeast Wisconsin

Building for Kids Children’s Museum

STEM Free Day
Experiment, investigate, and build with hands-on STEM activities and programming including a visit from Professor Gizmo at 2pm.

Sunday, October 14, 2018: 12 – 5pm

Admission: Free

Lucky 7 Dog Rescue

Spooky, Slithery Sunday with Zoozort!
Exotic animal show from Zoorzort Live Animal Programs for a fundraiser to support the dogs and Lucky 7 Dog Rescue.

Sunday, October 14, 2018: 2 – 3pm

Admission:
$5 per person ages 2 and older

Neville Public Museum, Green Bay

Bees!
The newest exhibit at the Neville Museum unlocks the secret lives of bees and their impact on our lives.

Thursday, October 11: 9am – 5pm
Friday, October 12: 9am – 5pm
Saturday, October 13: 9am – 5pm
Sunday, October 14: 12pm – 5pm

Admission:
Adults 16+: $7
Children 6-15: $3
Children 5 and under: Free

Children’s Museum of Green Bay

Spooky STEM Lab
Mad Scientist’s Lab with spooky experiments and STEM challenges that will get your Kindergarten through second-grade children ready for Halloween.

Admission:
General Admission: $8 per person
Seniors: $7
15 months and under: Free

Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac

Extreme STEAM Discovery Lab
Hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) activities for children ages 1-12.

Thursday, October 11: 10am – 12pm
Friday, October 12: 10am – 12pm

Admission:
Adults and Children: $7
Seniors: $6
Infants (under 1): Free

Oshkosh Public Museum

People of the Waters
Check out the award-winning exhibit exploring prehistoric and early life in our region spanning 13,000 years. Featuring interactive media and games, a walkover archaeological excavation, full-size longhouse, and more than 1,000 artificats.

Thursday, October 11, 2018: 10am – 4:30pm
Friday, October 12, 2018: 10am – 4:30pm
Saturday, October 13, 2018: 10am – 4:30pm
Sunday, October 14, 2018: 1 – 4:30pm

Bellin College

Bellin College Hands-On Health Care
Hands-on, free immersive experience for high school students thinking about a career in health care.

Thursday, October 11, 2018: 12 – 4:30pm

New Moon Cafe, Oshkosh

Science Cafe – Water Illuminated
Bring in a water sample from a pond, creek, or lake to see what animals and plants live there with a microscope and aquatic ecology from UW-Oshkosh.

Friday, October 12, 2018: 6pm – 9pm

Kettle Moraine State Forest 

“Tree”mendous Trees Fall Drop-In
How trees touch almost all parts of our lives. Find out how with this free drop-in event.

Saturday, October 13, 2018: 10am – 3pm

Wisconsin Maritime Museum

An Ocean Mystery: The Missing Catch
Screening the Smithsonian Channel documentary about overfishing in the oceans followed by a conversation about a Great Lakes perspective on fishing.

Saturday, October 13, 2018: 10am – 12pm

Admission: $5

Manitowoc County Historial Society 

Pioneer Science
New experience allowing visitors to explore science and the connection to Wisconsin’s history with hands-on individual and group activities.

Saturday, October 13, 2018: 1 – 4pm

Admission:
Adults: $10
Children 5-17: $7
Under 5: Free

Above and Beyond Children’s Museum

Explore Earth and Space Science
Launch stomp rockets, explore how water moves in a watershed, make and investigate craters, enjoy engaging discussion and take-home materials.

Saturday, October 13, 2018: 1 – 3pm

Admission: Free

Mead Public Library, Sheboygan

Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival ties into the Wisconsin Science Festival, featuring authors of science-based books for kids including:
Science Books for the Littlest Readers! with Ruth Spiro
Turn this World into a Beehive: The Amazing World of Mason Bees with Lynn Brunelle
100+ Years of National Parks with Ken Keffer
Let’s Reuse, Repurpose, and Recycle with Ruth Spiro

Friday, October 12 – Sunday, October 14, 2018

Admission: Free

Kohler-Andrae State Park

Universe in the Park
This all-ages program begins with a 20-30 minute talk and slide presentation and then a telescope is set up to view astronomical objects. Meet in the Sanderling Nature Center.

Saturday, October 13, 2018: 7 – 8:30pm

Newport State Park

Universe in the Park
This all-ages program begins with a 20-30 minute talk and slide presentation and then a telescope is set up to view astronomical objects. Newport State Park is Wisconsin’s only designated international dark sky park.

Friday, October 12, 2018: 6:45 – 10pm

Wisconsin Science Festival Events that Accept ASTC/ACM Recipricol Program Memberships

Children’s Museum of La Crosse

Silly Smart Science
Different fun silly and smart science activities throughout the week!

Thursday, October 11, 2018: 10:30 – 11am
Friday, October 12, 2018: 10:30 – 11am
Saturday, October 13, 2018: 10am – 12pm, 12:30-1:30pm
Sunday, October 14, 2018: 3 – 4pm

Children’s Museum of Eau Claire

The Science of Bodily Functions: Gross-ology
Mayo Clinic Health System presents activities throughout the weekend of Wisconsin Science Festival devoted to the ickiest parts of human bodily functions including blood biology, glow in the dark germ demonstration, digestion junction, and more!

Saturday, October 13, 2018: 10am – 12pm

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Liz Schultz
Liz was raised in Wisconsin and returned with her husband and children nine years ago. They've been exploring all of the old familiar places and lots of new ones too. She is an avid fan of coffee, tea, and tacos. When she manages to steal free time without a pile of laundry, she knits like a mad woman.

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