Calendar of Events

spectrUM Events Calendar

The University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area is Missoula's hands-on science center dedicated to inspiring a culture of learning and discovery for all.

spectrUM is now open at the Missoula Public Library, Tuesday - Saturday, 10am-6pm.

Leap Into Science Trainings, December


Join us for a free online Leap Into Science Training

Tuesday, December 7th, 9am-12pm
Monday, December 13th, 2-5pm


Leap into Science is a national program developed by The Franklin Institute, designed to build interest and skills in science and literacy for children ages 3-10 and their families in community settings like libraries, museums, and out-of-school time programs. Learning is achieved by integrating open-ended science activities with children's books to highlight critical thinking skills that are important in both science and literacy. Leap Into Science programs provide opportunities for youth to think like a scientist by making observations and predictions, testing ideas, and learning from something that may not have worked as planned.

Montana's Leap Into Science Trainings are led by the Missoula Public Library, UM spectrUM Discovery Area, MSU Math and Science Resource Center, and the Montana Afterschool Alliance.

This training will provide you with the tools and skills you need to provide a Leap Into Science "Light and Shadow" workshop for your audiences, whether that is preschool, elementary, or families. By participating in this training, we ask that you provide three Leap Into Science Workshop for your audiences by spring 2022.

We ask that you bring TWO staff members to this training if possible.

By participating in a Leap Into Science Training, you will receive an Amazon gift card for supplies you will need to offer these Light & Shadow workshops.

spectrUM Museum Activities

View our December 2021 Activity Calendar

spectrUM will host guided activities at our Discovery Bench every Tuesday-Saturday from 2-6pm. Stop by anytime between 2-6pm to participate. Activities are free and open to the public. No registration required.

Weekly Themes:

  • November 30-December 4: Plants and Animals
  • December 7-11: Astronomy
  • December 14-18: Engineering
  • December 21-23: Fire Science
  • December 28-January 1: Chemical Reactions

Visit us at EmPower Place

EmPower Place is a hands-on learning center in the Missoula Food Bank and Community Center dedicated to nourishing the bodies and minds of local children and families. EmPower Place hours:

  • Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday: 2-6pm
  • Wednesday and Friday: 10am-1pm