Tortoise Feeding
Jun
28
2:15 pm14:15

Tortoise Feeding

Stop by during our tortoise feeding hours at 2:15 on Wednesdays and Saturdays to help us give them leafy greens, fruits and veggies. 

Soar to New Heights
Jul
1
11:00 am11:00

Soar to New Heights

This 4th of July weekend we'll be lighting up the Science Mill sky! Join us July 1st from 11am-3pm for Rocket Day. Blast off a rocket filled with air; test your skills on a foam rocket obstacle course, and see the difference design can make at the paper plane runway. Event is free with admission. Wear your red, white and blue and prepare to blast off!

Flying Monsters New 3D Movie
Jul
1
12:00 pm12:00

Flying Monsters New 3D Movie

New 3D Movie starting July 1, 2017

Just as dinosaurs began their domination of Earth, pterosaurs ruled the prehistoric skies. Some with wingspans as long as a modern jet plane, these flying reptiles were as spectacular in appearance as they were amazing in flight. Join world-renowned naturalist and documentary filmmaker David Attenborough as he recounts the fascinating story of how we humans first discovered that these creatures were real and how they were even able to get off the ground and indeed soar...until their sudden disappearance from Earth.

Jul
23
12:00 pm12:00

Dive Into Shark Week!

Encounter the predator we all love to fear this Shark Week, July 23-29! Join us for special showings of Great White Shark 3D Sunday at 1pm and 3pm and Wednesday-Saturday at 11am and 2pm. Discover the truth behind this powerful underwater creature and why great white sharks are misunderstood. Dig for shark teeth at the Fossil Dig, separate fact from fiction with our shark week factoids and MORE! It's a Science Mill adventure you can sink your teeth into.

***Flying Monsters 3D will play between scheduled showings.

Jul
26
Jul 29

Dive Into Shark Week

Encounter the predator we all love to fear this Shark Week, July 23-29! Join us for special showings of Great White Shark 3D Sunday at 1pm and 3pm and Wednesday-Saturday at 11am and 2pm. Discover the truth behind this powerful underwater creature and why great white sharks are misunderstood. Dig for shark teeth at the Fossil Dig, separate fact from fiction with our shark week factoids and MORE! It's a Science Mill adventure you can sink your teeth into.

***Flying Monsters 3D will play between scheduled showings.

Aug
19
10:00 am10:00

Incredible Ball Machine Grand Opening

Inspired by the crowd favorite Kinetic Ball Sculpture, this bigger and better exhibit is equipped with new and exciting elements that are sure to captivate visitors of all ages. Step inside and surround yourself with a maze of ball chutes and loop de loops. As you try each pulley, pedal and wheel explore how gravity, velocity and acceleration all affect the ball's trajectory. Navigate a giant labyrinth, create musical stylings in the sound garden, flip and teeter your ball on the kinetic seesaw and so much more! Don't miss the grand opening, August 19th from 10am-4pm! 

Closed for Maintenance
Sep
5
Sep 12

Closed for Maintenance

After the busy school year and summer season, the Science Mill will close for a week to allow us to perform maintenance on the building and exhibits. We'll re-open on September 13 and be ready to go for the new school year! See you then!


Battle Bot Challenge
Jun
18
12:00 pm12:00

Battle Bot Challenge

Outmaneuver, outsmart and out-flip dad this Father's Day at Battle-Bot Challenge. Join us for two exciting robotic duels. Challenge dad to a Flipper-Bot match or test your wrestling skills in the Sumo-Bot ring. Learn robotics as you battle to see who earns the title of robot champion! Event is free with admission. 

Trash to Treasure
Jun
10
11:00 am11:00

Trash to Treasure

Join world famous artist, McKay Otto, at this one-of-a-kind art class! Bring your old toys, recyclables, unwanted household items and your creativity. Get ready to create your own masterpiece! Ages 8+ are invited to attend. Two classes offered at 11am-1pm and 2-4pm. Class is free with admission, but space is limited. Reserve your spot now by emailing programs@sciencemill.org.

Science of Sports
May
27
10:00 am10:00

Science of Sports

Have you ever wondered how high you can jump? How fast you can throw? How hard you can hit?! Test your balance, clock your speed, critique your form and improve your focus at this all day event! See how your skills and physiology stack up to the best athletes in the world and the giants of the animal kingdom. For one day only, young and old alike can explore our specially designed Science of Sports stations. Measure your raw ability, get tips to improve your skills and try out new techniques backed by science. This event is sure to be fun for the whole family and is free with admission!

Build Your Own Video Games at Game Day
May
20
10:00 am10:00

Build Your Own Video Games at Game Day

Join us for two exciting events that will combine your kids' passion for gaming with a fun and educational day at the Mill!

  • Design Your Own Game Controller, 10am-2pm in the Lobby   Do your kids want to learn how to create their very own video game controller?! Inspired by our popular Banana Piano exhibit, these activities provide a brand new way to interact with video games. Kids will rely on everyday objects and the human body’s ability to conduct small amounts of electricity to make their very own video game controller. This workshop is designed for all ages and is free with admission. No registration necessary.
  • Build Your Own Video Game, 11am-3pm in the classrooms    Youth, ages 8- 18, looking to dive deeper into the world of video game development can register for the $60 "Make Your Own Video Game" workshop. This exclusive workshop is hosted by Game Worlds. Real life game developers will teach students everything they need to know to start building their own game. Learn coding, game development and software design in this half-day workshop. Computers available for those who do not bring their own laptops. Register here
Homeschool Day- Second Wednesday of the Month
May
10
10:00 am10:00

Homeschool Day- Second Wednesday of the Month

This month will be the last Homeschool Day of the school year. We invite homeschool families and groups to join us on the second Wednesday of each month to explore the Science Mill. In addition to museum exhibits, we will offer special demonstrations, activities and/or guests. More info...

Girl Scout Day
May
6
10:00 am10:00

Girl Scout Day

Welcoming all Central Texas Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors for an all-day, family-friendly STEM adventure! Earn Badges while exploring over 40 exhibits at the Science Mill and have a special opportunity to discover more in an optional Learning Lab! Earn and purchase your badges on site! Daisies will create their own Daisy patterns in the Pattern Palooza Learning Lab (11:00am) and enjoy a second opportunity to earn their STEM badge exploring museum exhibits. Brownies will fine tune their observational skills in the Forensics Fun Learning Lab (12 noon) and earn their bug badge investigating the BioLab and participating in a scavenger hunt. Juniors will learn more about animal habitats observing the Paludarium, the BioLab and the NEW African Tortoise exhibit and have the option to earn an additional Product Designer badge in the Zip Away Learning Lab (1:30pm). Cadets are welcome to attend and explore STEM careers at through our unique, hands-on exhibits!! Lab space is limited so purchase your admission and lab in advance here. Girl Scouts not attending the lab can pay admission upon arrival. Cost: $11 with Learning Lab, $7 without Learning Lab

Science Social
Apr
29
5:00 pm17:00

Science Social

Let’s talk all things science at Science Social, a new, exciting series of talks this fall and spring at the Science Mill. Three lectures by renowned scientists will be hosted at the Science Mill and followed by a wine and cheese reception with the speaker at 290 Vinery, Johnson City’s beautiful new winery. More info and tickets...

World Music, World Stories
Mar
18
1:00 pm13:00

World Music, World Stories

Enjoy a day of lively global music, stories and culture in the beautiful Texas Hill Country! The Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City and OUTSIDE VOICE host a “World Music, World Cultures” backyard concert  Saturday, March 18 from 1-6pm. This family-friendly event will feature exciting performances by world-class bands from around the globe, including Tribu Baharu from Bogota, Colombia, Grammy Award winning Los Texmaniacs from San Antonio, Analogix from Fukuoka-shi, Japan and Hanato Chiruran from Tokyo, Japan. Picnics are welcome (no glass containers, please), as are blankets and lawn chairs. Food will also be available from the on-site Lady Bird Lane Café and several food trucks. The concert is free with admission to the Science Mill. In the case of rain, this event will be canceled. Don't miss this exciting day of global music, culture and fun! Purchase tickets in advance HERE. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Spring Break- Extended Hours and Days
Mar
13
Mar 17

Spring Break- Extended Hours and Days

The Science Mill will be open until 5pm and on additional days during Spring Break. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (March 14-16), join us for Robot Mania from 11am-3pm each day. Live humanoid robot demos at 11am each day and plenty of hands-on robot building, programming, coding and battling throughout the rest of the day. Activities will include conquering obstacle courses with robotic cars, guiding SWAT-like robots on a rescue mission, robotic painting with watercolors, battling flipper bots, and more! AMPLE PARKING WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE COURTHOUSE SQUARE, JUST 1 BLOCK NORTH OF THE SCIENCE MILL.

Open Presidents Day
Feb
20
10:00 am10:00

Open Presidents Day

Have the day off from school? Visit the Science Mill for a day of family fun with more than 40 interactive, hands-on exhibits and a 3D movie!

Science Social
Feb
11
5:00 pm17:00

Science Social

Let’s talk all things science at Science Social, a new, exciting series of talks this fall and spring at the Science Mill. Three lectures by renowned scientists will be hosted at the Science Mill and followed by a wine and cheese reception with the speaker at 290 Vinery, Johnson City’s beautiful new winery. More info and tickets...

Dr. Kold
Feb
11
11:00 am11:00

Dr. Kold

Join us for freezing cold science experiments as Dr. Kold demonstrates the amazing transformative properties of liquid nitrogen. Two 45 minute shows at 11am and 1pm. Free with admission.

Fact or Fiction Scavenger Hunt
Jan
28
11:00 am11:00

Fact or Fiction Scavenger Hunt

Gather your team for the ultimate scavenger hunt at the Science Mill. Are the clues fact or fiction? Choose wisely… Only the right choice will lead you to the treasure at the end. At least one person in the group will need a smartphone to participate. Free with admission.

Snow Day
Jan
14
11:00 am11:00

Snow Day

Save the date for the second annual Snow Day and join us as the outdoor Science & Art Park is transformed into a winter wonderland!  Special Snow Day activities include an ice ball xylophone, snowball catapult launches, mini snowman building contest, snowball radar throws, and more! Visitors are encouraged to bring mittens or gloves to keep their hands warm while playing in the snow. We'll have twice as much snow (20 tons!!) as last year for twice the winter fun! Skip the line and purchase tickets online in advance! This event is sponsored by HEB.

Holiday Mosaic
Dec
19
Dec 23

Holiday Mosaic

  • Science Mill

Be part of something BIG at the Science Mill this holiday season! We're creating the coolest mosaic ever made. You'll get a piece of the mosaic to color, dye, glue, sparkle, gel, apply, bead, or create in any way you want. We'll put all the pieces together and watch the secret image come alive as a 10x10 ft mosaic artwork. Fun for all ages! Join us on December 19-23 and December 26-30. Free with admission.

Homeschool Day- Second Wednesday of the Month
Dec
14
10:00 am10:00

Homeschool Day- Second Wednesday of the Month

We invite homeschool families and groups to join us on the second Wednesday of each month to explore the Science Mill. In addition to museum exhibits, we will offer special demonstrations, activities and/or guests.

Mystery at the Mill
Dec
3
6:00 pm18:00

Mystery at the Mill

  • Science Mill

Please join us for our annual fundraising event to benefit the Science Mill! Saturday, December 3, 2016, 6pm-9pm

Lights Spectacular Bling Bar
Nov
25
Nov 26

Lights Spectacular Bling Bar

Light up your holidays by making your own LED jewelry, presents for parents or teachers, White Elephant gifts or more at the Science Mill's LED Bling Bar, open during Johnson City's Lights Spectacular celebration. Plus, enjoy full access to the museum’s hands-on exhibits, build a personalized avatar, see a 3D science film and more.