Snowed In: Winter Break Science Days

Snowed In: Winter Break Science Days

Snow-body snows science and fun like RMSC! Join us during this holiday season and discover the science of the winter season by engaging in numerous hands-on winter themed science programs, shows, and activities. See below for all that we have planned! 

Winter Break Science Days 

December 26 - January 5 | 11am - 3pm

Sure to be “snow much fun”, Winter Break Science Days is an annual family favorite. Discover the wonders of winter with hands-on activities and demonstrations by RMSC staff and meet & greet with local scientists and organizations to explore the wonders of science and technology happening across our community. Try your hand at programming our Snozo-bots, engineering snow forts, launching snowball catapults and more.  Outside community presenters* sharing their science and time with us this year include:  

  • Astral Solar
  • Astronomy Section Rochester Academy of Science (ASRAS)
  • Rochester Amateur Radio Association (RARA)

Programs & Activities: 

  • Snow Daze: Construct a catapult and send snowballs soaring , learn why snowflakes are a true symmetrical winter wonder, and create an ice skating program for our Snozo-bots
  • Snow City: Take the Snozo-bot snowplow challenge to see if you can program a robot to clear the most snow from the roads in the least amount of time, construct an igloo, show off your architectural skills by creating your own snow fort.

Planetarium Shows:

  • Holiday Laser: catch this holiday classic before it's gone. Shows run through Jan. 5
  • National Parks Adventure: Head out on the ultimate off-trail adventure into America’s awe inspiring great outdoors. This film is not to be missed!


Happy Noon Year!

December 31 | 11am-3pm
Celebrate the New Year…before bedtime! Don’t miss our countdown to the NOON Year! Start a new tradition and skip the hassle of staying up until midnight to celebrate New Year’s Eve and join us for a day filled with fun. We’ll explore time honored traditions from around the world and mix in a little science, and celebration, along the way! 
Note: Happy Noon Year celebrations will take the place of Winter Break Science activities for the day. 

Holiday Activities

Breakfast for Dinner with Santa Under the Stars

A unique visit with Santa. See all the details here

RMSC at Roc Holiday Village

December 21 | 11am-8pm
Come visit us in the YMCA of Greater Rochester Gingerbread House at Roc Holiday Village and take part in hands-on science experiences and demonstrations!

Learn More


December Science Alive Line-up

Eddie the Elk & the Twelve Days of Christmas
December 7, 8, 14, & 15,  | 1pm & 3pm
Enjoy what has become a holiday tradition of the RMSC Players!

The Night Before Christmas
Sunday, December 22 | 1pm & 3pm
This approach to the traditional “Silent Night” tale is different, though just as fun. What better way to spend the night before Christmas? This show is also presented by the RMSC Players.

Carol with the Coils
Saturdays & Sundays in December | 2pm
Visitors are invited to participate in a fun holiday sing-along with the RMSC “singing” Tesla coils, and enjoy a special performance of “Carol of the Coils.”

Science on a Sphere Presentations
Weekends & Winter Break Week | 12:30 & 2:30

Science Encounters
Weekends & Winter Break Week | 12:15 & 2:15 
Live science demos from RMSC staff. And, join us for live 3D printing demonstrations at at 11:15, 1:15, and 3:15 at the 3D printing station in our featured exhibit, SciFiTech.

Wildlife Rockstars
Saturday, December 21 | 11am & 1pm


*Please note that the schedule of Outside Community Presenters is subject to change. All presenters will not be here every day throughout the duration of the Winter Break Science Days. Check back for updates.

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