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201 10th St. W

Bradenton, FL 34205

Things to Do

Things to Do

Lunch & Learn

Sure, you could take lunch at your desk or have a sandwich at home. But why not feed your brain as well as your belly? On the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 12:15 – 1 pm we’ll feature a talk by our staff focusing on a different aspect of the world or things going on in the Museum. Bring a bag lunch or stop by a downtown restaurant and get it to go!

  • Tickets: $3
  • Tickets can be purchased at the front desk upon arrival or purchase tickets online using the links below.

Programs and Online Tickets: Click here!

STREAM Saturdays

On STREAM Saturdays, you’ll find hands-on, family-friendly experiments and games, crafts and stories or themed scavenger hunts at the Museum from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Go at your own pace and visit one or all the activities before enjoying the Museum for the rest of the day!

The Details:

  • STREAM Saturdays are the 3rd Saturday of each month from October – May.
  • STREAM Saturdays activities are included with Museum admission (not available for separate purchase; no reservations necessary).
  • Activities run from 10:00 a.m. – Noon.
  • Children must attend with a parent or guardian.

Programs Dates & Themes: Click here!

KidSpace

KidSpace is a program for kids who want to explore everything there is to know about space and become Masters of the Universe. At 10:30 am on the 2nd and 4th Saturday morning of each month, we’ll unleash the awesome power of the Bishop Planetarium, taking off from Earth’s surface and flying to places no human has gone before:  the Sun, the planets, other moons of our solar system, newly discovered solar systems in our galaxy and beyond. KidSpace is designed for kids in elementary school (grades 1-5), and their grown-ups.

KidSpace details:

  • Cost: Museum Members – $3, Non-members – $5
  • Tickets: Can be purchased at the front desk upon arrival or purchase tickets online using the links below.
  • Seating: Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis; please arrive promptly. Pre-purchased program seats will be held until 5 minutes prior to program start time ONLY, at which time they may be released for re-sale (no refunds or exchanges will be given after the start of the program).

Museum admission is not included with your KidSpace ticket price. Museum Members are always free for daily admission. Non-members who would like to stay and enjoy the Museum can pay the discounted KidSpace price of $3 in addition to your Museum admission price.

Programs and Online Tickets: Click here!

IQuest

IQuest is a monthly program for middle school students in grades 6-8. While each IQuest is different, you can always expect challenging projects and games that inspire out-of-the-box solutions to real world problems. IQuest takes place on the second Saturday of most months from 4-8 pm. 

IQuest details:

  • Cost: $5 – Kids Only! Paid reservations required
  • Refreshments: Admission includes slice of pizza and a drink
  • Tickets: Paid reservations required; please purchase tickets online using the links below or call 941-746-4131, ext. 113.

Programs and Online Tickets: Click here!

think + drink (science)

On the second Wednesday of each month from 7 to 9 pm, we transform the Bishop Planetarium into a forum for discussions at think + drink (science), a place where you can grab a beer or a glass of wine (or a soft drink) and learn about cutting-edge science in a relaxed, informal setting. Typically our “expert du jour” gives a short presentation on the topic of the month, and then opens the floor for questions and discussion.

think + drink (science) details:

  • Cost: Museum Members – $3, Non-members – $5
  • Refreshments: Beer, wine, soft drinks and snack available for purchase.
  • Tickets: Paid reservations required; please purchase tickets online using the links below or call 941-746-4131, ext. 113.
  • Seating: Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis; please arrive promptly. Pre-purchased program seats will be held until 5 minutes prior to program start time ONLY, at which time they may be released for re-sale (no refunds or exchanges will be given after the start of the program).

Programs and Online Tickets: Click here!

Stelliferous Live

Join us for our monthly live star talk, Stelliferous Live with Howard Hochhalter. Stelliferous Live takes place on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 pm in the Bishop Planetarium. We’ll take a tour of the upcoming month’s stars, planets and constellations, talk about current events in astronomy, and open the floor for an always-fun question and answer session. Stelliferous Live is great for curious adults and inquisitive kids alike. Come prepared with your curiosity and your questions and expect to leave a bit smarter about your universe.

Stelliferous Live details:

  • Cost: Museum Members – $3, Non-members – $5
  • Refreshments: Beer, wine, soft drinks and snack available for purchase.
  • Tickets: Paid reservations required; please purchase tickets online using the links below or call 941-746-4131, ext. 113.
  • Seating: Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis; please arrive promptly. Pre-purchased program seats will be held until 5 minutes prior to program start time ONLY, at which time they may be released for re-sale (no refunds or exchanges will be given after the start of the program).

Programs and Online Tickets: Click here!