Holiday films, camps and special events at Louisville Science Center

The Louisville Science Center is kicking off the holiday season with new programs along with the IMAX® film The Light Before Christmas. The Light Before Christmas is a stop-motion animation film where two children find themselves as characters in the classic tale "The Night Before Christmas."

The film features lavishly detailed sets and characters inspired by the fascinating designs of renowned artist James C. Christensen, with a musical score featuring beloved Christmas classics. It also includes a behind-the-scenes look at the process of creating a stop-motion animation film. The Light Before Christmas shows November 13, 2010 through January 2, 2011.

The Science Center is also offering events and camps for the holiday season – the family events "Lights…Energy…Elves!," a Holiday Help Day Mini-Camp, plus holiday camps.

"Lights…Energy…Elves!" is offered Saturday, November 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. Attendees can see amazing gingerbread constructions and try it themselves by entering our Gingerbread Engineering Contest. Grand prize is 20 free IMAX passes, good for a year's worth of IMAX films. Activities include a cool holiday science show featuring Elves Fa and La, testing freezing attributes of liquid nitrogen and exploring circuits and electricity.

Science Center member tickets are $10 for children ages 2 to 12 and $4 for ages 13 to adult. Non-member tickets are $12 for children ages 2 to 12 and $6 for ages 13 to adult. Children under 2 are free. Tickets include the activities, a showing of The Light Before Christmas, and all-day exhibit admission to the Science Center.

New this year is a Holiday Help Day Mini-Camp on Saturday, December 12, from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Parents and grandparents can tackle their to-do list or finish last-minute shopping while their little scientists (grades K-6) concoct, experiment and engineer. Drop off is from 12:30 to 1 p.m., activities are from 1 to 5 p.m. and pickup is from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Activities for the kids include chilly experiments and what's cool about cold weather (grades K-1), building marshmallow bridges, catapults and Lego castles (grades 2-3), and sticky solutions, chemical concoctions and reactions exploring states of matter (grades 4-6). Cost is $20 per person for Science Center members and $25 for non-members.

Holiday Camps for grades K-6 take place December 20-23 and December 27-30. From December 20-23, featured camps are: Healthy Treats and Dancing Feet (grades K-1), exploring healthy foods, parts of the body, fitness and the five senses. Potter's Potions (grades 2-3), taking kids inside the world of Harry Potter through activities including chemistry potions, mythical creatures, making crystal candy and more. Weird Science, for grades 4-6, uncovering crazy concoctions, strange and unusual animals, and unusual occupations. From December 27-30, featured camps are:

Dissecting Fairy Tales (grades K-1), where kids can explore the science behind fairy tales by building a house that can withstand the Big Bad Wolf, growing a beanstalk fit for Jack, discovering the chemistry behind magic spells and illusions, and more!

Wild Arctic (grades 2-3), investigating survival in the Arctic climate, ice caves and igloos, and arctic animals. Master of Disaster (grades 4-6), exploring skills needed to survive Mother Nature.

Kids will study hurricanes, build their own gushing geyser, investigate earthquakes, and learn how to survive at the top of Mount Everest.

Camps are full-day camps, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and include exhibit exploration. Camps cost $40 per day for Science Center members and $45 per day for non-members. A discount of $5 per day will be given to those who register by December 3.

Our featured exhibition is Sesame Street Presents: The Body, open through January 2, 2011. Sesame Street Presents: The Body is an interactive exhibition all about the body. The concept is a result of Sesame Workshop's initiative, Healthy Habits for Life, created in response to the current childhood obesity crisis in the United States. Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, and Thinkwell Design of Burbank, CA created this interactive experience. Sesame Street Presents: The Body teaches families about how to maintain healthy lifestyles, especially at an early age.

Advance reservations are required for the holiday programs and camps. Tickets are available online at or by phone at (502) 561-6100, ext. 6111.

The Louisville Science Center is open daily through the holidays, except for Thanksgiving, December 24 and 25. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Exhibit only admission is $12 for adults and $10 for children 2 to 12. IMAX-only tickets are $7 per person.

On Friday and Saturday nights, admission is only $5 after 5 p.m. for either exhibits or one IMAX film; purchase both for $10 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call (502) 561-6100, ext. 6111.