Cosmic Explorer Workshops

Cost per workshop

Family Members - $10
UofL - $13
Non-Members - $15

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.

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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.)

Stories in the Sky (Closed)
September 16, 2018, 2 PM - 4 PM

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!






I Want to be an Astronaut
October 21, 2018, 2 PM - 4 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.







Winter Wonderland
January 20, 2019, 2 PM - 4 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!






Rocks Rock!
February 17, 2019, 2 PM - 4 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.







Solar System Adventures
March 17, 2019, 2 PM - 4 PM

If you enjoy taking Sunday afternoon trips through the city to explore, imagine taking a Sunday afternoon trip through our celestial neighborhood on the planetarium's virtual spaceship! Kids will be in awe as they realize just how big the universe is and what a little speck the Earth is. They will make a model of the solar system to take home and will 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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