Astronomy Days at NC Museum of Natural Sciences

From Sarah C.:

This weekend the NC Museum of Natural Sciences is having it’s annual Astronomy Days event. We first attended last year and had a wonderful time.

Natural Sciences: Astronomy Days

A number of activities and presentations occur throughout the Museum and several are hosted by various local astronomy clubs. If you or your child has a bigger interest in astronomy, this is a great chance to find out about options to further that interest.

Painted Comet

What I appreciated were how hands on most of the activities were. There are talks scheduled and even an astronaut is coming to speak (check the schedule of events linked below), but most would not have kept the attention span of our son. Instead, we roamed the museum searching out the different activities stations and all learned from creating our own constellations on construction paper with star stickers and chalk; painting comets; operating a remote controlled small rover on the “moon”; created a star chart; etc.

If you are concerned about the weather, the majority of the activities take place indoors in either the Main Building or the Nature Research Center. However, I highly encourage you to visit the area between the Museum and the NC Museum of History next door if it is not raining. This is where the bottle rocket display is. Visitors can decorate and build their own 2 liter bottle rocket. Then shoot it off. This was a huge hit with our 4.5 year old last year and, thanks to a cold windy day, there were very few people there so he could do it over and over and over again.

Whatever you do during the Astronomy Days event – have fun! To infinity … and beyond!

NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Astronomy Days 2015 Schedule
11 West Jones Street
Raleigh
919.707.9800

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