NC Science Festival

Friday, March 28 – Sunday, April 13
Marbles is excited to participate in the 4th Annual North Carolina Science Festival. Marbles hands-on activities span the length of the festival and are made for our community’s youngest chemists, physicists, geologists and more.

Check out our list of NC Science Festival activities:

STEMosphere Opens at Marbles Kids Museum
Saturday, March 29 – Sunday, March 30 | 9am-5pm
Celebrate the grand opening of Marbles Kids Museum’s newest exhibit—STEMosphere—with brain teasers, science challenges, playful math and more throughout the museum all weekend! STEMosphere is presented by Duke Energy. Visit for more information.

Family Science Fair
Saturday, March 29 | 10am-1pm
Sunday, March 30 | 1-4pm
Join us for Marbles Kids Museum's 2nd annual Family Science Fair. You can participate in two ways: Sign-up to display your family's project in one or both of our non-competitive fairs or simply explore others' creations and investigations. Free museum admission for families with registered projects. Family Science Fair is part of the NC Science Festival. Visit to learn more and to register. 

Nano Days!
Sunday, March 30 | 1-4 pm
Join us for a big day of tiny science! NanoDays is a nationwide festival about nanoscale science, engineering and technology. Meet nanoscientists from Duke University, NC State University and Triangle MRSEC as they share hands-on activities and interactive demonstrations on all things teeny-tiny. Plus! See the unseen on the GIANT screen with $5 Mysteries of the Unseen World 3D tickets all day in IMAX at Marbles. 


First Friday at Marbles: Statewide Star Party
Friday, April 4 | 5-7pm
The museum is open until 7pm for more play on First Friday! Check out the sun using a specially equipped telescope with special guest Steve Andrews. Investigate light, check out lunar science activities, test out your astronaut skills, create out of this world art, and pick up some Star Party giveaways!

Leapin' Lemurs 
Saturday, April 5 | 10am-12pm
Join Duke Lemur Center at Marbles and learn all about lemurs. We’ll “raft” from Africa to Madagascar on scooters, build lemur habitats and test your lemur balance and agility! Saturday’s Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D showtimes are 10am, 11am and 12pm. Leapin’ Lemurs is free with museum admission or your ticket stub to Island of Lemurs: Madagascar in IMAX at Marbles.
Plus! If you're an aspiring movie buff and writer, don't forget to RSVP for the Island of Lemurs Kid Critic Challenge on Saturday, April 5 at 10am. Limited availability. RSVP by April 2.   

Saturday, April 5 | 1-3pm
Immerse yourself in the fun and science of bubbles with Dr. Ken Lyle and his team of bubbleologists from Duke University’s Chemistry Outreach Program. Make giant bubbles, stir up a cauldron of bubblicious potion and play around with how different bubble frames and solutions create different kinds of bubbles.

Gadgets and Gizmos—Egg Drop with The Engineering Place
Sunday, April 6 | 1-3pm
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty took a two-story fall. Come engineer a protective packaging to help an egg survive a drop with The Engineering Place, NCSU College of Engineering’s K-20 Outreach Program.

Green Energy Workshop—Green Gadgets
Saturday, April 12 | 2-4pm
Explore one of the coolest, greenest ways to get around town—the ELF—and meet the entrepreneurs from Organic Transit who created it! Get inspired, and build your own green energy gadgets.

Spring Eats! with NCSU's Food Science Club
Sunday, April 13 | 1-3pm
Be a food scientist!  Dig into the chemistry of food and the science of sweet with guest star scientists from NCSU’s Food Science Club. Experiment with candy, test out tastes, and get the close up on food colors. Spring Eats! is part of the NC Science Festival.