When: Fri., Dec. 4, 6 p.m. 2015
Perhaps you're still patiently awaiting your Hogwarts admissions owl and struggling to ignite your magical powers. You're not alone. Even if you can't get that old broom off the ground, don't be ashamed to drive your decidedly non-magical car to the Saint Louis Science Center (5050 Oakland Avenue; 314-289-4400 or www.slsc.org) for Harry Potter and the First Friday. The evening's magic, so to speak, includes free screenings of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (at 7, 9 and 10 p.m.; pick up your free tickets beginning at 6 p.m.), live owls from the World Bird Sanctuary, a couple of potions lectures (starting at 6 and 8 p.m.), the St. Louis Quidditch Cup, transfiguration demonstrations and even wand creation — no word on whether you'll be able to include any phoenix feathers in yours. Admission and most activities are free.
Price: free admission