Museum opening hours: Open 10am to 5pm Tuesday-Saturday | Noon to 5pm Sunday. Closed on Mondays. Parking information under Things To Do/Visit.

201 10th St. W

Bradenton, FL 34205

Things to Do

Things to Do

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KidSpace

KidSpace is a program for kids who want to explore everything there is to know about space and become Masters of the Universe! At 10:30 a.m. on the 2nd and 4th Saturday mornings of most months, we unleash the awesome power of the Bishop Planetarium, taking off from Earth’s surface and flying to places no human has gone before:  the Sun, the planets, other moons of our solar system, newly discovered solar systems in our galaxy and beyond. KidSpace is designed for kids in elementary school (grades 1-5), and their grown-ups.

KidSpace details:

  • When: 10:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of most months.
  • Cost: Included in the price of Museum admission (Discovery Society members always get in free). No reservations necessary.
  • Seating: Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis; please arrive promptly.

Program Dates

Tales Under the Tree

Join us in the Mosaic Backyard Universe every weekend for Tales Under the Tree, a story time especially for children and their grown-ups. Gather under the Mighty Oak for the story, then join in the family fun with a craft, game, song or other natural object such as a fossil or shell. See you under the tree!

Tales Under the Tree Details

Science Sprouts

Budding scientists aged 2-5 can bring their favorite grown-up to explore and discover a variety of science and nature topics on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month in the Mosaic Backyard Universe. Spark their natural curiosity through imaginative play with crafts, stories, songs and more!

Science Sprouts details

  • When: 8:45-9:45 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month.
  • Where: In the Mosaic Backyard Universe.
  • Cost: $8 per child for members of the Discovery Society; $12 per child for all others. Includes one adult per child.
  • Advance reservations required.
  • This program does not include Museum admission.

Programs and Online Tickets

IQuest

IQuest is a monthly program for smart, curious middle school students in grades 6 through 8. While each IQuest is different, you can always expect challenging projects and games that inspire out-of-the-box solutions to real world problems.

IQuest details:

  • When:  4-8 p.m. on the second Saturday of most months.
  • Cost: $5 – Kids Only! Paid reservations required
  • Refreshments: Admission includes a slice of pizza and a drink
  • Tickets: Paid reservations required; please purchase tickets online using the links below or call 941-746-4131, ext. 113.

Programs and Online Tickets

think + drink / science

Our monthly think + drink / scienceprogram transforms The Planetarium into a forum of discussion where you can grab a beer, glass of wine or a soft drink and learn about science in a relaxed, informal setting. The night’s expert gives a short presentation then opens the floor for questions and discussion.

think + drink / science details:

  • When: 7-9 p.m. on the second Wednesday of most months.
  • Cost: $5 for members of the Discovery Society; $8 all others
  • Refreshments: Beer, wine, soft drinks and snack available for purchase.
  • Tickets: Paid reservations required; please purchase tickets online using the links below or call 941-746-4131, ext. 113.
  • Seating: Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis; please arrive promptly. Pre-purchased program seats will be held until 5 minutes prior to program start time ONLY, at which time they may be released for re-sale (no refunds or exchanges will be given after the start of the program).

Programs and Online Tickets

Stelliferous

The stars are the stars during this live guided tour of the upcoming month’s skies with a staff astronomer, who will talk about where our stars, planets and constellations are headed in our night skies. We’ll also share the most current events in the world of astronomy and open the floor for an always-fun question and answer session. Stelliferous is great for curious adults and inquisitive kids alike.

Stelliferous details:

  • When: 7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of most months
  • Cost: $5 members of the Discovery Society; $8 all others
  • Refreshments: Beer, wine, soft drinks and snack available for purchase.
  • Tickets: Paid reservations required; please purchase tickets online using the links below or call 941-746-4131, ext. 113.
  • Seating: Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis; please arrive promptly. Pre-purchased program seats will be held until 5 minutes prior to program start time ONLY, at which time they may be released for re-sale (no refunds or exchanges will be given after the start of the program).

Programs and Online Tickets