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Skyscraper ScienceLive Science Show

How does a skyscraper become epic? What forces are at work that allow engineers to build massive structures that withstand external forces, unpredictable weather and the test of time? Embark on a journey as we go to the very foundation of the Epic Center, Wichita’s tallest building, and uncover the science behind the skyscraper.

Skyscraper Science is a fast-paced entertaining show, full of exciting experiments and audience participation.

  • See plastic bricks get crushed under 100 tons of pressure in a hydraulic press
  • Watch a 400,000 volt lightning strike
  • Experience a simulated earthquake
  • Help demolish a skyscraper by implosion

Live Science Shows are free for members.

Live Science Theater

January 26 – May 5

Approx 25 minutes


$5 per person, free for Members

Appropriate for all ages

Epic Center

Brace yourself for an exciting live show where we’ll test the strength of plastic toy bricks by crushing them in a hydraulic press. How much pressure is too much? We’ll simulate lightning strikes on buildings like the Epic Center and uncover what tools are built into the structure to withstand the impact.

As they say, what goes up, must come down. What happens to a building when it’s time to start over?  Supervise the job site as we orchestrate a controlled implosion.

This unique experience reveals the secrets behind these architectural wonders, showcasing the resilience of building materials and the forces shaping city skylines. Embark on an unforgettable adventure at Exploration Place, where the magic of science meets spectacle, leaving you in awe of the secrets behind the Wichita skyline!

Show Times

Show starts January 26

Sunday11:15 am, 1:15 pm and 3:15 pm
Monday11:15 am, 1:15 pm and 3:15 pm
Tuesday11:15 am, 1:15 pm and 3:15 pm
Wednesday11:15 am, 1:15 pm and 3:15 pm
Thursday11:15 am, 1:15 pm, 3:15 pm and 6:15 pm
Friday11:15 am, 1:15 pm and 3:15 pm
Saturday11:15 am, 1:15 pm and 3:15 pm