Programs

Be the Astronaut Launch Party with special guest Justin Smith from NASA IV&V
Saturday, February 8th
11AM-4PM

Join us for our Be The Astronaut Launch Party and meet working aerospace engineer Justin Smith from NASA IV&V in Fairmont! Build and test a lunar lander in an Astronaut Training Lab, explore the new Be the Astronaut exhibit and try a yummy taste of space with treats made specially for astronauts!

Recommended for families with upper elementary to middle school aged children. All activities are included in the price of admission – $9 for adults, $7.50 for children, and free for Clay Center Members.

NASA Space Day
Sponsored by NASA WV Space Grants Consortium
Tuesday, February 11 | 9:30am-1:30pm
Meet working aerospace engineers and learn about careers in space! Delve into space exploration in 2020 and discover new missions on the horizon. If you are a school or homeschool educator, call 304-561-3570 to register your 6th-8th grade students.

Discover Engineering Day
Saturday, February 22nd
10:00am – 3:00pm

Explore the world of engineering and STEM with a special family fun day for all ages! Discover Engineering Day will showcase STEM education and the many branches of engineering with fun, interactive activities and displays by a variety of local engineering firms, colleges and universities. 

New for 2020! Join us to cheer on local students during The Capitol City Qualifier as they compete in the VEX IQ Challenge: Squared Away to try for their chance to earn a spot in the WV State VEX IQ Challenge Championship Competition!

March Science Madness
Every Saturday in March
12 & 2pm
Watch famous scientists from history battle it out in March Science Madness! You decide who will move to the next round and who is history. A final showdown on the last Saturday of March will determine the ultimate science winner!
Finale (March 28) – Watch winners from previous weeks battle it out for the top spot!

Manufacturing the Future: Career and Technical Education Showcase
Friday, March 27 | 9:00am–1:30pm
What do you want to be when you grow up? Join us to explore programs available to high school students that can help pave a path to a future career in West Virginia! If you are a schoolteacher or homeschool educator, call 304-561-3570 today to register your 8th grade students.

Tiny Tales Story Time
Thursdays at 11 am & 1 pm
Some of our smallest visitors can enjoy this story and craft time every week! Tiny Tales Story Time is free with the cost of Clay Center museum admission.

January 30th – Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown – Popsicle Stick Families

February 6th – Foot Prints in the Snow by Cynthia Benjamin – Paper Plate Polar Bear
February 13th – The Biggest Valentine Ever by Steven Kroll – Make your Own Valentine
February 20th – Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae – Giraffe Handprints
February 27th – My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann – Airplane Paper Towel Roll