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Whether you’re hosting an event for 50 people or more than 500, Saint Louis Science Center’s Starlite Events can work with you to plan your big day. The company manages an array of events, from weddings to corporate events, at a variety of venues throughout the Saint Louis Science Center.

Joy Schmidt, director of sales for the Saint Louis Science Center, says the company does full-service catering and is exclusive to the center. She recommends choosing the center as a venue because it can offer a “very unique perspective.”

“We have a lot of flexibility when it comes to design and layout,” she says. “We don’t offer just your typical banquet food. We prefer to be more cutting edge and personalized when it comes to our food, so we change what we’re serving every four to six months.”

The Saint Louis Science Center’s facilities for event spaces are all unique, and include the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, Boeing Hall and the GROW Pavilion.

Schmidt says the James S. McDonnell Planetarium can seat up to 260 comfortably. The space includes a pre-function area, where guests can enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. At the end of August, a new LED lighting system was installed.

“If you’re looking for truly unique experiences for your guests, we’re able to offer simulators like the 360-degree fighter jet pilot and one where you can learn how to fly a glider,” Schmidt says. “That’s not something you’d typically be able to do.”

The GROW Pavilion is the center’s newest space. It offers 5,000 square feet, with two large floor-to-ceiling windows on each end. Schmidt notes that it’s great for intimate gatherings and allows “the outdoors to come in.”

It sits in the middle of a 50,000-square-foot exhibition space and has the feeling of being out on a farm.

“I always tell people this space should rival a winery,” Schmidt says. “You’re surrounded by nature in the middle of St. Louis. It’s all about the farm-to-table food experience.”

Boeing Hall offers more than 13,000 square feet and a very neutral, industrial design. A large garage door enables cars to drive in and out, which makes delivery from vendors easy. This space is perfect for large events of more than 400 people. It boasts full sound-and-tech support and a 24-foot screen with an existing projector.

“This space is perfect for large galas,” Schmidt says. “There’s also great space for a silent or live auction or a cocktail hour.”

She also notes that one big benefit to booking an event at the Saint Louis Science Center is the free parking, since it can offer both the center’s lot and parking at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium on the other side of the highway.

To learn more or to book an event, visit slsc.org.

5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, 314-533-8179, slsc.org