Discovery Nights

Join us at the Living Arts & Science Center to experience art and science. On the first Thursday of every month we invite a local artist or scientist to come and show us a little of what they do. Hands-on art activities and frequent StarLab Planetarium shows are also featured!

Suggested Donation:
$2 for 12 – Adult; $1 for children under 12

January – No Discovery Night
Have a happy New Year!

Dogs on Patrol!
Thursday, February 6th, 6 – 8 pm

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Division of Police Canine Unit was established in 1962 and is the oldest in the state of Kentucky.  This group of dogs is highly trained and able to detect explosives, search buildings, sniff out illegal drugs, help with patrols, and even apprehend criminals!  Think your dog can do that?  Come learn more about these amazing animals and the officers that work with them!  Also during Discovery Night, create some unique canine art to take home!

Solving the Mystery of Flight!
Thursday, March 6th, 6 – 8 pm

Have you ever wondered how large, heavy airplanes stay in the air?   Professor Suzanne Smith, of the University of Kentucky’s Mechanical Engineering department, will help us solve this mystery through several dynamic, hands-on activities!  Enjoy an evening of engineering experiments as we explore the forces of flight, airplane design, and its relationship to successful flight.  Design your own plane to test and take home!

Exploring Archaeology!
Thursday, April 3rd, 6 – 8 pm

Dig in and discover our history through artifacts and research!  Archaeologists study things as big as pyramids and as little as ancient pollen spores to help us understand the past.  Special guest archaeologist, Nancy O’Malley, of the University of Kentucky’s Department of Anthropology, will help us uncover some evidence of how people lived long ago here in downtown Lexington!  Become an archaeologist for the night, and make and take your own archaeology puzzle home!

Feathers, Scales, & Shells Live Animal Show!
Thursday, April 3rd, 6 – 8 pm

Join the LASC and naturalists from Animal Tales LLC as we discover five LIVE animals from across the globe!  This live animal program provides a fun, educational, and interactive experience and will feature birds, reptiles & mammals.  Special guests will include a LIVE Paraguayan Screaming Hairy Armadillo, Harris Hawk, African Spurred Tortoise, Egyptian Fruit Bat and Woma Python!  Participants will be asked to interact with the animals through question & answer, audience participation and hands-on volunteering.  All are guaranteed an up-close and personal experience!  Also during Discovery Night, create some amazing animal art to take home!

Current Discovery Exhibit
Sounds of Science

  • Embark on a sensational sonic journey through the physics and biology of sound as you step into our latest Discovery Exhibit, The Sounds of Science. Visitors will have the opportunity to:
  • Explore sound as energy and experiment with moving sound through solids, liquids, and gases!
  • Create music and art with instruments, sound, and motion!
  • Explore the natural world while discovering amazing sounds that occur in nature!
  • Learn how animals adapt and communicate through sound!
  • Uncover the mystery of the past by exploring instruments from other cultures & time periods!
  • Perform experiments at the hands-on Sound Lab station!
  • Become a sound sleuth while learning about the anatomy of ears and the role sound plays in species survival!