Science Saturday

Science Saturday

Our monthly Science Saturdays give scientists and environmentalists of all ages the opportunity to join in some fun and engaging activities!  Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Dates at a Glance


February 11 - We Love Rocks & Minerals

March 18 - STEAM Festival

April 15 - Earth Day at the Gillespie

FALL 2022

September 17 - Smithsonian Museum Day: Our Place in Space

October 29 - Mostly Green Halloween

November 12 - Founder's Day Celebration & Exhibit Opening!

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Spring 2023

We Love Rocks & Minerals

February 11, 10 a.m. - noon

We Love Rocks and Minerals!

Get ready for Valentine's Day with a celebration of gems and minerals! Come see how minerals, gemstones, and even rocks have been used to express love throughout history. Young scientists will have an opportunity to follow a scavenger hunt through the museum's exhibit, Storied Stone. Join us for a variety of family-friendly crafts and activities. We welcome scientists of all ages!  

STEAM Festival

March 18, 10 a.m. - noon

STEAM Festival!

The Gillespie Museum will be hosting a variety of student and community organizations with hands-on exhibits and demonstrations for our first STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) Festival! We hope you can join us; scientists of all ages are welcome!

Earth Day 2023

April 15, 10 a.m. - noon

Earth Day at the Gillespie Museum!

Join us for our annual Earth Day celebration! We'll have fun activities to help you better discover the WONDERS of our amazing Earth! Look under a microscope to discover the world of plankton in a drop of pond water, explore the Volusia Sandhill to observe pollinators at work, visit our two NEW exhibits to marvel at fossils and the world beyond our Earth, and adopt a wildflower.  

This Earth Day, help us help our neighbors! We will be hosting a donation drive for the Neighborhood Center during our Science Saturday Earth Day program. The Neighborhood Center is a West Volusia nonprofit organization that provides a free food pantry for those who are hungry and emergency shelter for those without a place to stay. If you are able, bring an item to donate with you. Requested items are new-in-package, non-perishable and dry goods along with any type of household and toiletry items. These include but are not limited to crackers, rice, pet food, toothbrushes, water bottles, hygiene products, diapers, towels, books, razors, etc. We appreciate you working with us to help support our community!

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Fall 2022

Smithsonian Museum Day

September 17, 10 a.m. - noon

Smithsonian Museum Day - Our Place in Space

The Gillespie Museum is participating in the annual celebration of boundless curiosity with museums and cultural institutions across the country, sponsored by Smithsonian Museum Magazine. From 10 a.m. – noon, young scientists, and their grown-ups, are invited to see the Gillespie’s small collection of meteorites—the fragments of rocks and minerals that teach us about early conditions and processes in the solar system’s history. Join us for some hands-on Earth/space science activities as part of the Smithsonian’s annual museum day!

You can find information about other area museums participating in Smithsonian Museum Day at Smithsonian Magazine.

Mostly Green Halloween

October 29, 10 a.m. - noon

Mostly Green Halloween

Our 13th annual fall fair! Join us for activities and experiments, exploring the wonders and mysteries of the natural world. The public is invited to participate in this free, family-friendly Halloween-themed event. We welcome scientists of all ages (children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult), and costumes are encouraged!  

Gillespie Museum founders

November 12, 10 a.m. - noon

Founder's Day Celebration & Exhibit Opening!

It’s the Gillespie Museum’s 64th birthday! Join us for some special activities and for the Grand Opening of our new exhibit Minerals in the Artist's Palette, which explores the use of natural mineral pigments in art across the ages and around the globe (open through May 3, 2023 in the museum with cultural credit available for Stetson undergraduates).