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Science Central recognizes that our Mission to be a regional resource that provides inspiring and fun hands-on science education for all people of all ages is as important as your health and safety.

As we begin making plans, with the goal of being able to reopen soon, Science Central is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for staff and our visitors, even as we navigate through this challenging time.

Upon reopening we would hope that your families and friends see us as a safe and engaging venue of informal science education. Let’s all use the best defense we have, knowledge. Let’s remember that the COVID-19 virus is still with us and just as concerning as before the state put into place a measured return to a ‘new’ normal. Join with us in fighting this international crisis.

We encourage our community to be aware of your behavior, be safe in your interactions and know what your choices are before engaging. Practice social distancing by putting space between yourself and others. Continue to practice healthy habits to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Continue to practice healthy habits to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • Practice social distancing by putting space between yourself and others
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds
  • Clean and then disinfect frequently used surfaces
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Avoid touching your face

Learn more about staying safe and healthy at cdc.gov/covid19

Science Cenral Staff

UPDATE 5/18/2020:  Onsite Summer STEM Camps from June 8th through June 28th have been canceled, but we are offering new activities. These will include science kits you can do at home as well as live interaction with Science Central educators. If you are registered for any of these programs you will be contacted soon!


Updated 5/8/2020.

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Saturday, October 12, 2019
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Spend a day exploring science fiction and pop culture at Science Central! Our annual mini-convention gives visitors the experience of a major convention in a family-friendly atmosphere. Register for the cosplay contest and enjoy vendors, games, photo opportunities, panel discussions and more!


  • Ages 3 and up: $10
  • Ages 2 and under: Free
  • Science Central Members: Free


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Cosplay Contest

We encourage everyone to come to Sci-Fi Central dressed as their favorite characters! For those with a competitive spirit, or who just want to show off their cosplay creation, enter the cosplay contest! Cosplayers of all ages are welcome to join!

Cosplayers will be judged on several criteria, so please read the RULES & REGULATIONS for the contest before entering. First place will receive a prize, and second and third place will receive special recognition at the event! 

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We want to hear from you! Do you or you and a group have an interesting presentation on science fiction, fantasy, anime, or pop culture? Register to be one of our panel discussions this year at Sci-Fi Central! Please note, all presentations must be family-friendly. 

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Returning Guests

We are happy to have many of our wonderful guests from past years returning this year!


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Meet your favorite R2-D2 droid, courtesy of the Midwest R2 Builder's Club! 


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Dagorhir combines fast-paced, full-contact combat simulation with history and fantasy. If you are a fan of Lord of the Rings or love Game of Thrones, you will find no better people with which to battle!


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Summit City Cosplayers

We are excited for the return of the Summit City Cosplayers at Sci-Fi Central! Look for your favorite science fiction, pop culture, and fantasy characters walking around and playing with Science Central's hands-on exhibits!



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Explore the wonderful wizarding world of Harry Potter! All witches and wizards are welcome to participate in multiple magical activities!







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Virtual Reality     

A Virtual Reality station will be available for visitors to explore strange new worlds and challenge the concept of what is real!






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Want to be a vendor at Sci-Fi Central? Request a space!

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