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Family & Children's Programs
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Children’s Workshops

Grades K & 1
Travel through space with us to discover what lies in and beyond our solar system. What kind of clothes should you wear on this trip? How will you get there? What will you eat? You will explore the needs of space travelers and learn about planets, stars, and moons on this adventure into space.
Saturday, January 10
10:00 a.m.-Noon
$18 member, $23 nonmember

To the Moon and Beyond
Grades K & 1
(6-hour workshop)
Is the Moon made of cheese? Do “little green men” live on Mars? Separate fact from fiction in this hands-on class. Discover the evidence scientists use to understand Earth's neighbors in the solar system. View meteorites, create space crafts, and explore the new Space Odyssey experience. Please bring a sack lunch and drink.
Saturday, January 17
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
$50 member, $60 nonmember

Heavenly Explorations
Grades 2 & 3
Explore the night skies with us on this heavenly journey to investigate celestial events. What constellations can we observe in Colorado's night sky? What is a “blue” moon? How has technology helped us to understand the universe? Prepare to enjoy yourself for this heavenly voyage into the depths of the night sky, and see a Planetarium show.
I: Saturday, February 7, 10:00 a.m.-Noon
II: Sunday, February 29, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
$18 member, $23 nonmember

Star Station Fun
Grades 2 & 3
(6-hour workshop)
Join us for some far-out fun as we check into the “International Space Station.” How do we get there? How long will we stay? What do we know about living in space? Learn this and more during your journey through the Space Odyssey experience. Please bring a sack lunch and drink.
Sunday, May 2, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
$50 member, $60 nonmember

Special Events

Mars Live!
“Where were you when we landed on Mars?” When you're asked this question
20 years from now, you might say the Denver Museum of Nature & Science because this is the place to be in January when the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER) land on Mars. A live feed from NASA-TV will let us experience the landings. Museum curators and other experts will provide background information and a narrative of the events as they transpire. Join the Museum community for this memorable event.
Saturday, January 3
8:30 p.m.
Ricketson Auditorium
$5 per person
Saturday, January 24
9:00 p.m.
Ricketson Auditorium
$5 per person

The Astronomy Café—Live!
Dr. Sten Odenwald, author and NASA astronomer
Bring all your space questions! Dr. Odenwald has the answers. He is “Ask the Astronomer” on the award-winning Web site, The Astronomy Cafe. Over the years, Dr. Odenwald has answered hundreds of questions, such as how did life emerge on Earth? what happened before the big bang? how many planets are there like Earth around other stars? and now that we've reached the 21st century what do we have to look forward to? The answers to these questions
and many others are within our grasp and a challenge for a new generation of explorers.
Dr. Odenwald is the author of The Astronomy Café and the new book Back to the Astronomy Café, and will sign his books following the program. Don't miss this fun, engaging program for the whole family!
Saturday, February 7
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Ricketson Auditorium
$10 member, $13 nonmember,
$5 student/child 5–12 year

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