Open House

Saturday, February 29, 2020, 10am-4pm

Colorado State University, Lory Student Center

Free and open to the public! Science fun for all ages!

What Is Open House?

Every year, thousands of people flock to the Lory Student Center for a day of fun, hands-on science at the Little Shop of Physics Open House!

This event is free and open to the public. It is appropriate for folks of all ages, from pre-K to gray! Along with over 300 hands-on homemade science experiments, you can check out interactive presentations and activities hosted by our Science Partner Groups from all over Colorado.


Colorado State University, Lory Student Center
1101 Center Ave Mall, Fort Collins, CO 80521

Open House will be in the CSU Lory Student Center, on the 3rd floor. We recommend parking in the Engineering Parking Lot or the Morgan Library Parking Lot on CSU Campus. Public transportation is also a great option: CSU is served by several bus routes, including the MAX.

Most parking on campus is available free of charge on Saturdays, but please check the signage in the lots to confirm. For more information, visit the Parking and Transportation Services Website.

We’ll have more details about Open House 2019 as the date gets closer, but here’s what we know for sure: It’s going to be free and fun! Check out this video from Open House 2018.


Interactive presentations will be held in the Lory Student Center North Ballroom every hour during the day. Come join the fun!

  • 10:30 am Jærmuseet Science Circus 
  • 11:30 am Discover Your Inner Scientist
  • 12:30 am The Million-Volt Tesla Coil
  • 1:30 pm Jærmuseet Science Circus 
  • 2:30 pm Discover Your Inner Scientist
  • 3:30 pm The Million-Volt Tesla Coil 
  • 4:00 p.m. Plush Projectiles (Grand Finale on the Plaza)

Science Partners

We are lucky to be joined by some amazing partners who are as passionate about teaching science as we are!

  • CenturyLink Science Explorations sponsored by the Denver Broncos Tackle STEM
  • FORTCAST with the Department of Atmospheric Science
  • MathJam Junior with the Department of Mathematics
  • Explorations of Human Anatomy with the Department of Biomedical Sciences
  • #TheDress and Other Cool Illusions with the Department of Psychology
  • Robotics with the Department of Mechanical Engineering Adaptive Robotics Lab
  • Bouncing Bubbles with the CSU Chemistry Club
  • Butterfly Exploration with the CSU Bug Zoo
  • Wind Tunnel and Sonde Construction with the UCAR Center for Science Education
  • MusclesAlive!

Major funding for the Little Shop of Physics is provided by the Colorado State University College of Natural Sciences. Funding for Open House is provided by the Mathew McCausland Memorial Fund.

Stuff From Previous Years

This year will be our 29th Annual Open House. Check out all of the fun we’ve had in the past!

Open House 2015

Check out this time lapse from the 2014 Open House!

2013 Open House Trailer