Aspiring astronauts will enjoy these opportunities to learn about shuttles, rockets, astronauts, and more. Should your summer travels take you to one of these states, consider a summer space exploration. It’s guaranteed science fun.
U.S. Space and Rocket Center (Huntsville) – Learn about space travel in this hands-on museum featuring a simulator and rocket park, and over 1500 space artifacts. See a planetarium or an IMAX show. Space Camp and Space Academy programs available.
- Read more about the U.S. Space and Rocket Center from Travel 50 States with Kids
California Science Center – See the Space Shuttle Endeavour, retired in the same state it was constructed. Learn about its last mission, and see an IMAX movie.
- Read more about California Science Center from The Vacation Gals
Kennedy Space Center (Titusville) – Plan to spend the entire day at this complex – the grounds of the first human space launch in the US. Take the bus tour, lunch with an astronaut, hop aboard a shuttle simulator, tour the rocket garden and much more.
Henry Crown Space Center at Chicago Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago) – See the Aurora 7, take a simulated space shuttle ride, watch an IMAX movie, and more
- Read more about Chicago Museum of Science and Industry from Arrows Sent Forth
Kansas Cosmosphere and Discovery Center (Hutchinson) – Compare over 25 different spacesuits and several space craft. See a moon rock, a lunar module, and catch a show in the planetarium or theater.
Infinity Science Center (Louis) – Take a bus tour of the exhibits, learn about the solar system in the Science on a Sphere Theater, enjoy hands on exhibits, and learn about space technology that has affected our everyday life.
- Read more about Infinity Science Center from Sherri’s Traveling Classroom
The New Mexico Museum of Space History (Almogordo) – See space paraphernalia, watch a planetarium and an IMAX show, and examine artifacts in the International Space Hall of Fame
Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum (Wapakoneta) – See Neil Armstrong’s Gemini 8, as well as his spacesuits and other memorabilia
Space Center Houston (Houston) – Fill your day with this museum that pays homage to the team and equipment that brought back the legendary Apollo 13. Take a tram tour to view mission control and astronaut training facilities, watch an IMAX movie and see exhibits. There is even a special space play area for younger kids.
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum – Explore the largest collection of space memorabilia. It includes Gemini 4, used by Ed White- the first American to walk in space, Apollo 11, and Friendship 7, the first piloted spacecraft to orbit Earth.
- Read more about the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum from Go Big or Go Home and The World Is A Book
- Learn more about the future of space travel from Suitcases and Sippy Cups
- Considering the existence of life on other planets? Read about Albany Kid‘s adventure along Extraterrestrial Highway to Area 51 in Nevada.
- Explore a French Space Center with Laugh-Quotes.com
- Understand one student’s perspective on why recent NASA cuts were not the right decision, from Wandering Educators.
- Keep abreast of the latest space news, and enjoy an almanac and other tools and tips for your budding astronomer at Sky & Telescope.
- Learn about astronauts, the solar system, and our universe from this official NASA site, StarChild. Parents will appreciate two levels of information; one of young space explorers and a second for older kids. Teens over 14 yrs will like NASA’s Imagine the Universe.
- Play and learn with space games and educational activities for multiple levels with NASA Kids’ Club.
- Get up close with each of the planets at Welcome to the Planets™ and learn more about the spacecraft that study each planet.
See our Pinterest board – Space Encounters – featuring crafts, experiments and more about space, space exploration, the moon and planets, and other “out of this world” science topics.
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