Snowed In: Winter Break Science Days at RMSC


Dec. 26 through Jan. 30

For parents wondering how they’ll keep their kids occupied for the long holiday break, the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) has the answer. Families are invited to visit the Science Museum & Strasenburgh Planetarium for winter-themed activities and special presenters during the RMSC’s Snowed In: Winter Break Science Days from December 26 to January 5, 11-3pm daily.

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. Visitors will be able to try their 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
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Astronomy Section Rochester Academy of Science (ASRAS)
  • Rochester Amateur Radio Association (RARA)
  • University of Rochester’s Brain Awareness Campaign
  • Wonders of Vacuum Science & Tech

In addition to our guest presenters, daily workshops will include:

  • 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.

Visitors will also be able to explore, the RMSC’s new featured exhibit, SciFiTech, exploring the how science fiction has influenced modern technology. With interactive displays and exhibits around every corner, paired with references to classic sci-fi novels and films and the technology they predicted, this exhibit will be fun for the whole family.

Planetarium shows will be running throughout the winter break with shows including:

Holiday Laser, an eclectic mix of holiday music accompanied by laser light and unique visual effects.

National Parks Adventure, an awe-inspiring view of America’s National Parks

The Sky Tonight, a tour of the stars, constellations, and planets in the current sky.

For the full show schedule visit

Happy Noon Year Celebrations: On December 31 from 11-3pm, Winter Break Science Days will be replaced with a Happy Noon Year celebration. A chance for families to celebrate the New Year…before bedtime! We’ll count down to the NOON Year and explore time honored traditions from around the world and mix in a little science, and celebration, along the way!

Admission: Programs are free with regular museum admission, unless otherwise specified: $18 adults, $17 seniors and college students with ID, $16 ages 3 to 18, free for children under 3 and RMSC members. Admission to the SciFiTEch exhibit is also free with regular museum admission.

Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) includes the Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium and Cumming Nature Center. Offering experiences at the Museum with more than 200 interactive exhibits, Planetarium with a 65-foot dome and Nature Center on 900 acres, the RMSC stimulates community interest in exploration. In addition, the more than 1.2 million RMSC collection items tell the story of Rochester’s past including its rich history of innovation and invention. RMSC receives major funding from Monroe County, where it is one of the top three most visited attractions serving children and families.

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