Cosmic Explorer Workshops

Cost per workshop

Members - $20
Non-members - $25

Looking for some out-of-this world fun for your 4-6 year old?
Sign up for our Cosmic Explorer Workshops where kids and their parent(s) have cosmic-sized fun with hands-on, engaging activities.

Thank you for your interest in the Cosmic Explorer Workshops offered at the Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium. The workshops are designed for children 4-6 years of age to attend with their parent/guardian.

(Notes: Limit two registered children per adult. Siblings or children not registered cannot attend the workshop and childcare is not provided.)

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Image of the Big and Little Dippers in Ursas Major and MinorStories in the Sky: September 15, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Registration is closed for this workshop)

Ever look up at the sky and wonder about how far away the stars actually are? Or maybe you wondered if what you were seeing was a planet or part of a constellation? Stories in the Sky is a beginner's tour of the night sky, teaching families how to find favorite constellations, learn about our moon and maybe even spot the International Space Station!

 

 

 

 

 

Boy watching experiment while wearing an astronaut hatI Want to be an Astronaut: October 13, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Ever wonder what it is really like to be an astronaut? To live and work where there is no air and everything floats around you? Kids launch rockets, eat astronaut food and see first-hand what happens in space if you don’t wear a space suit.

 

 

 

 

KIds watch as leader uses liquid nitrogen to make ice cream

 

 

Winter Wonderland: January 12, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

You think it gets cold here in the winter? Experience how cold it can get in space! We’ll demonstrate how liquid nitrogen instantly freezes fruits and plants and then top off your tour of all things frozen with ice cream made with liquid nitrogen. Brrrr-ace yourselves for an amazing frozen journey!

 

 

 

Father and son work on an experiment together

 

Rocks Rock!: February 16, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

While you might not be able to tell the difference between a canine patella and a piece of a T-Rex, or a meteorite and a basalt rock, we can help! Fossils, rocks, and soil all mean that you can get your hands dirty (pass the mud pie!), while learning how to have a rocking good time.

 

 

 

Image of Earth, Moon and Sun

Solar System Adventures: March 16, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Discover and explore the many different worlds of our Solar System, Earth's celestial neighborhood. Make a model to take home, be immersed in up-to-the-minute data, and leave with an understanding of the variety of sizes, distances, and other wonders in our cosmic backyard (and also a planetary coloring book!).

 

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