Free Fun Friday | EcoTarium

Free Fun Friday

Friday, August 31, 2018

Free Fun Fridays are sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.  Check out the list of museums and cultural organizations participating all summer!

Preparing for your visit

To make your visit to the EcoTarium enjoyable on this busy day, we recommend that you plan ahead.

  • Please understand that we cannot control the number of guests that arrive at any one time, and you may find there is no parking in the area at the time you arrive.  Please note that the grounds will remain open but building capacity will be monitored and is limited. 
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Please be aware that due to the large number of visitors on Free Fun Friday, navigating with a stroller may be difficult inside the museum building.
  • Discuss with family members what to do if separated during your visit; select a meeting spot ahead of time.
  • Please leave your pets at home. EcoTarium has many animals on exhibit, indoors and outdoors. For their safety, USDA prohibits domestic animals anywhere on our property, including those left in vehicles (with the exception of service animals).


  • Anticipate that there is limited parking available. You may not be able to park onsite and may have to walk some distance to the entrance. There will be no parking available at North High. 
  • Additional parking will be available across the street from the EcoTarium entrance.
  • Handicapped parking is available onsite.
  • No parking will be allowed on Harrington Way.
  • Passenger vans that fit in one spot will be allowed to park in the museum lot.


Groups are welcome, but group reservations and group rates for planetarium shows and train rides do not apply for this day.


Please arrive via Hamilton Street to be able to unload and pick up on the Harrington Way curb, just outside the EcoTarium's gate. There will be no bus parking on the grounds.


Lunch, snacks, and festival foods will be available for purchase between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Beverage and snack vending machines are available inside the museum on the Middle Level. In addition, picnicking is welcome on the EcoTarium grounds.

Science Discovery programs

EcoTarium Educators make learning fun at our daily Science Discovery programs! From exciting science demonstrations to hands-on activities and games to meeting our wildlife up close, there's something different every day. Your family can drop in to make observations, ask questions, and learn something new! All Science Discovery programs, except for the 1:00 p.m. Otter Discovery, will take place at the Hirsch Center located on the lower level. 

11:30 a.m. - Animal Story Time

12:30 p.m. - Observation Station

1:30 p.m. - Reptales

2:30 p.m. - Fiery Fizzy Foamy Fun!

3:30 p.m. - Invisible Forces


Enjoy a show in the Alden Digital Planetarium. Tickets are available at the desk and shows are first come, first served. 

Tickets: $5 per person/$4 per person for EcoTarium members

11:00 a.m. - One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

12:00 p.m. - Secret of the Cardboard Rocket 

1:00 p.m. - Asteroid: Mission Extreme

2:00 p.m. - Passport to the Universe

3:00 p.m. - Flying Monsters

4:00 p.m. - Back to the Moon for Good


(requires ticket purchase)

Hop on the Explorer Express Train for a gorgeous view of the museum grounds during a scenic 12-minute train ride! Train rides are first come, first served with the purchase of a train ticket.

Tickets: $3 per person/$2 per person for EcoTarium members.