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Annual Events

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Jan. 29, 2024

Engineer's Week

What’s a day in the life of an engineer like? Join us for a week of exploring, creating, and inventing to find out! UT Tyler engineering students often lead this engineering adventure, making it fun for the whole family. Join us Tuesday–Friday afternoon from 3–5 p.m. Activities are free with admission.
Feb. 18-24, 2024

Darwin Day

See biology come to life before your eyes as you interact with live animals, immersive displays, and hands-on activities.

Held near the date of the birth of famed scientist Charles Darwin, it’s the most fun and educational birthday party ever!

saturday, feb. 10, 2024
10:00 am

STEM Like a Girl

All middle school girls are invited to be inspired at this full day of STEM-based, hands-on learning!

Held every February during National Engineering Week, this event is led by local female STEM professionals and mentored by UT Tyler female STEM students.

Cost is $5.00 per participant, but scholarships are available.  Lunch will be provided.

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead

The whole family is invited to celebrate and learn from makers of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics!

Dive headfirst into the greatest show-and-tell in East Texas with unique crafts, chemistry demonstrations, and a STEM lab, or browse local vendors’ creations – art, robots, rockets, woodwork, drones, and more!

This year’s theme, Totality Tyler, will feature 40+ maker booths to explore AND extend the fun with activities all weekend, including:

Saturday, Apr. 6th – FSA Event

Sunday, Apr. 7th – Hourly planetarium shows

Monday, Apr. 8th – Special activities inside DSP, hourly planetarium shows, and an eclipse viewing opportunity!

2024 Sponsors: Azalea Orthopedics, Altra Federal Credit Union, All Saints Episcopal School, Jonathan & Diane Kavanaugh

founder's Day

Come help us celebrate our birthday with this family-friendly event this Saturday, June 8th from 10am – 2pm.

FREE activities are available to the public outside in the DSP parking lot. Activities include

  • Face Painting
  • Bounce House & Obstacle Course
  • Games with prizes
  • Snow Cones for purchase

You can also purchase a ticket to the museum to cool off in the A/C and explore the wonders of Discovery Landing and Buford’s Hometown!



Every 3rd Saturday in July, DSP hosts an event specifically for the educators in our local communities to show our appreciation and allow them to explore our outreach & in-house field trip programs!

More details to come…


Step into the glitz and glamour of a thrilling evening at our Casino Night Fundraiser! Join us for an unforgettable night of high-stakes excitement, where you can try your luck at classic casino games like blackjack, roulette, craps and poker. Indulge in delicious cocktails and a buffet style dinner as you mingle with friends and fellow supporters, all while contributing to a worthy cause. With dazzling raffles, a wine pull, photo booths, and live entertainment, this event promises to be an unforgettable blend of entertainment and philanthropy.

This is an ADULTS ONLY event!

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Sponsorships still available ~ click the link below.

SATURDAY, AUG. 24, 2024
6:00 PM - 10:00 pm


Every September, you’re invited to help us re-open the museum after our annual fall shutdown. Play the day away with snow cones (for a fee), face painting, planetarium shows, science demonstrations and more!

SATURDAY, SEPT. 14, 2024


Join us for a special spooky Halloween event at DSP that will include scary stories in the cave, a costume contest, and more!  

More details to come…

friday, oct. 27, 2023

boos & bourbon: a night of scary science

Get ready for a hair-raising & hauntingly delightful evening at our Halloween themed “Boos & Bourbon: A Night of Scary Science” event fundraiser!

Join us for spine-chilling fun & unique bourbon tastings, all for a great cause.  Event Highlights include:

  • Haunted Bourbon Tastings
  • Ghostly Costume Contest
  • Eerie Entertainment
  • Wicked Live Auction 
  • Spooktacular Food & Drinks
  • Creepy Cocktails

This is an ADULTS ONLY event!  Costumes encouraged, not mandatory.

2024 Sponsors: 

FRIDAY, OCT. 11, 2024
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Holiday Open House

Join Downtown Tyler’s community of museums and attractions for an evening of holiday wonder!

Every December, you’re invited to explore the museum, get a picture with Santa, get your face painted, enjoy holiday snacks, and participate in an exciting experiment! 

Bring a canned food donation to benefit the East Texas Food Bank in lieu of admission.

december 7, 2023
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Traveling Exhibits

Explore some of history’s greatest discoveries in these seasonal showcases

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