Kid's Activities

Expedition Learning Center - Where Kids Are Mission Specialists

A visit to the Expedition Learning Center is a unique hands-on experience that engages children and brings the wonders of space exploration to fuel their imaginations! Divided into teams, children perform tasks that include navigation, medical testing, data relay, life support, probe assembly, and robot operation. From the operations deck of the Spacecraft to the consoles at Mission Control, students learn about teamwork, communications and problem solving. It's a great way for kids to learn about science and have fun at the same time!


Kid's Face Painting

Face painting is always a big hit with the kids on Astronomy Day! Your kids can have their faces painted with stars and planets. This event runs from 3:00 p.m. until dusk.


Button Making Activity for Kids

We supply the button making materials, the kids supply their creativity to make really cool buttons that they get to keep! It's like making their own souvenirs they can wear and show to their friends.


Important information from the George Observatory...

There are a few things to remember that make Astronomy Day safe and enjoyable for everyone:
   

No Running on the Observing Deck or inside the George Observatory Exhibit Area

Only "Red Light" Flashlights Allowed on the Observing Deck

Astronomers use "red light" flashlights to keep their night vision - astronomers call it being "dark adapted." You can purchase "red light" flashlights at Land, Sea & Sky before the event, or at their display in the downstairs exhibit area during the event. You can also make your own by using red colored cellophane on the front of a regular flashlight.



Please do not touch the telescopes or observing equipment without permission.

Many of the telescopes that will be used for viewing by the general public on Astronomy Day are the personal property of Astronomy Day volunteers. It is proper astronomy etiquette to ask permission before touching a telescope.

   

Expedition Learning Center - Interactive Space Flight Simulation to the Moon

Expedition Center Missions at the George Observatory utilize the wonders of space exploration to fuel the imagination and bring a unique hands-on learning experience to every student. Divided into teams, students perform tasks that include navigation, medical testing, data relay, life support, probe assembly, and robot operation. Spaces fill up quickly for the missions in the Expedition Learning Center, so come early. The doors to the George Observatory open at 3:00 p.m. and spaces become available at 4:00 p.m.

Bring your Bug Spray and Red Flashlights!

The George Observatory is in the middle of Brazos Bend State Park, so be sure to bring mosquito repellant for your stay during the evening. Repellant is also sold in the downstairs Gift Shop. White light flashlights are not allowed on the deck. You can purchase "red light" flashlights at Land, Sea & Sky before the event, or at their display in the downstairs exhibit area during the event. You can also make your own by using red colored cellophane on the front of a regular flashlight.

 

Directions, Admission, Parking, Camping

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Astronomy Day Supporters

Many thanks to Mark Holdsworth of Netslyder for hosting the Astronomy Day website.
http://www.netslyder.net/