Summer of Science

Summer of Science

The Scientific Solution to Your Summer Slump

School's out. The heat and humidity are rising. And the kids are restless. The Lafayette Science Museum has a scientific solution: entertaining, educational exhibits and events that add up to a sizzling Summer of Science.

The museum's Summer of Science lineup includes a new film series called Documentary Date Night, a special presentation of Science of the Bayou, Planet-Palooza in Parc International, and Insect Day at the Museum. The museum also will hold its annual Planetarium Marathon, Summer Sidewalk Astronomy, and summer camp series.

Along with the new exhibits, LSM is installing new virtual reality experiences in the popular VR Lab exhibit, and will offer an exciting slate of new programs in the all digital planetarium.


Insect Day at the Museum

August 25 • Lafayette Science Museum

Explore the world of entomology at Insect Day! Interact with live bugs of all kinds throughout Lafayette Science Museum.

Lunchtime Sidewalk Astronomy

Every Clear Wednesday • June-August • Noon-1pm • LAFAYETTE SCIENCE MUSEUM

Watch for one of the planetarium's telescopes by the Museum at the corner of Jefferson and Congress Streets. See a safely filtered view of the sun and any sunspots that day!


Summer Camp: Zoo-Kulele

June 4-8 • Lafayette Science Museum

(SOLD OUT) A Safari of Strings and Songs - Ukes, Bugs, and Bones, Oh my! Our Ukes & You summer camp has returned with a buggin' twist. Campers will have the opportunity to learn tunes on the ukulele while discovering facts about the many giants and tiny critters that LSM has to offer on display! All levels of experience are welcome, and thanks to Lafayette Music Company, ukuleles are provided to use for all campers!
Presented by Acadiana Symphony Orchestra & Conservatory and Lafayette Science Museum

Summer Camp: Camp Cosmos

June 11-15 • Lafayette Science Museum

(SOLD OUT) Take Flight with Rockets and Rhythm - 3...2...1... Blast off! This camp is fueled up and ready to send campers on an out-of-this-world experience like no other. Campers will discover the thrill of space and rockets, as well as learn about how music and sounds are used in the modern world.
Presented by Acadiana Symphony Orchestra & Conservatory and Lafayette Science Museum

Summer Camp: School of Rocks

July 9-13 • Lafayette Science Museum

(SOLD OUT) Get Groovy with Geology - Have you ever wondered why it was called "Rock" Music? Join us for School of Rocks and we will figure it out together! Campers will have the chance to learn the importance of being a part of something bigger than yourself - and learn about the structure of the world in which we live.
Presented by Acadiana Symphony Orchestra & Conservatory and Lafayette Science Museum

Summer Camp: Xylo-Bones

July 16-20 • Lafayette Science Museum

(SOLD OUT) Jurassic Sound and Dino-Beats - Paleontology & Percussion puts an innovative spin on music education. Campers will uncover the rhythm of dinosaurs and animals while having hands-on experience with the percussion family.
Presented by Acadiana Symphony Orchestra & Conservatory and Lafayette Science Museum

ArtWalk Sidewalk Astronomy


Look for the planetarium's telescope during ArtWalk! Weather permitting, during daylight and twilight, we'll look for the thin crescent moon, Venus, and Jupiter. Will we be able to find Mercury in daylight? We'll find out! Free event.

Planetarium Marathon

July 17-19 • Lafayette Science Museum

Enjoy seven planetarium programs a day for three days in a row! And the only programs that will repeat are our regular 4:00 p.m. 'Sky Tonight' programs! Some programs will be designed for children while most will be for the general public. Topics include constellations, telescopes, planets, stars, galaxies, space flight, and more - pick your preference or see 'em all!

Science on the Bayou


This event is designed to bring together Lafayette's science-minded citizens for a night of exploration, fun, and beer!


July 20 • 8pm-10pm • Parc International

Don't miss Planet-Palooza! Mars will be at its closest to Earth since 2003 in July. No, it won't look as big as the moon, but it will be bright and easy to see in a telescope. As will Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn - with a chance of seeing Mercury as we start. So, we're making an evening of it!

Documentary Date Night Series

July 26 • August 16 • 7pm • Lafayette Science Museum

Join us at LSM for Documentary Date Night. Popcorn is a must, but a date is optional for this chance to see a science-focused film in the museum gallery. Who says date night can't be educational? Free event.