The Saskatchewan Science Centre has caught rock ‘n’ roll fever this summer.
A summer of music will be experienced this summer in Regina, with a brand new IMAX film and exhibit opening at the centre.
“Creativity is at the heart of science and technology and bringing in the arts to our programming is going to be a lot of fun,” said Sandy Baumgartner, CEO of the science centre.
Beginning May long-weekend, a new themed exhibition called Rock U: The Institute of Rock ‘n’ Roll will open to the public. Children and adults alike will be able to experience music in a fun and interactive way.
“They’re going to get to perform,” Baumgartner said. “Kids will be able to make instruments and be able to perform themselves.”
Along with children creating their own instruments, drums, guitars and a large piano will also be made available.
A stage will be set up and members of the community will be invited out for open mic nights and a chance to perform at the science centre.
And, of course, there’s still a learning aspect to the exhibit.
“There’s a whole lot of science in behind music so there’s going to be demonstrations and opportunities to explore and discover sound and sound is science.”
“We like to come in an have people learn without even realizing that they’re actually doing that.”
Along with the exhibition, a brand new IMAX film will be premiering as well.
America’s Musical Journey is by the award-winning MacGillivray Freeman Films. Narrated by musician Aloe Blacc, the film traces musical history by visiting iconic cities such as New Orleans, Detroit, Chicago and Nashville.
While the film will focus on American culture, Baumgartner said many of the influences made their way north of the border and into Canada.
“I don’t see that there’s a border when we’re talking about music and the arts,” she said.
Along with a summer of music at the Science Centre, the 24 Hours of Science event will be returning for the second straight year.
The event sees the centre remain open for 24 straight hours with different programs taking place during the day and into the evening.
“We had a family from Saskatoon last year that tried so hard to stay up all night, they made it till about 4 a.m. and then they had to sleep a little bit,” said Baumgartner.
The event is put on thanks to a partnership between the science centre and SaskCentral.
The 24 Hours of Science will take place on June 29.