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The Visitor Center offers fun, educational public programs on the weekends and holidays for guests of all ages to enjoy. The programs cover a variety of topics including Wallops Flight Facility missions and model rocket launches, to earth and space science presentations. Scout troops, 4-Her's and other groups, visiting and local, are encouraged to attend our weekend programs. As a courtesy to us, please call ahead if your group consists of more than 10.
On special occasions the Visitor Center will host unique programs, special events, or educational opportunities sure to capture the interest and imagination of all who explore our Visitor Center. These special events include astronomy nights, movie screenings, launch viewing parties and much more! These special events are fun for all ages and always free of charge.
11 a.m. Toddler Time
Saturday mornings starting at 11 a.m.. is our Toddler Time. During this program our young visitors 2-4 years old learn about a variety of topics that change from week to week. These programs include either story time, cartoons, puppet shows, crafts and more! The Toddler Time program will only occur if the Visitor Center is open so please check our hours of operation on our About Us page to plan your visit.
1:00 p.m. Changing Program- see details below
Every Saturday afternoon the Visitor Center will host a changing program. These programs range in topics from Wallops mission updates to space science education. These programs are most suitable for ages ten and up and will last ~45 min.
Sunday's 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Make and Take Craft
Sunday's from 11 a.m.. - 3 p.m.. the Visitor Center will have a "make and take craft" booth set up for children of all ages to enjoy. Young visitors are welcome to make an easy to assemble, themed craft to take home with them! Themes for these crafts will change from week to week so please see our event information below.
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Family Workshop - Wild Ponies
Toddler Story Time
Model Rocket Launch
Make and Take Craft: Paper Airplanes
1:30 p.m. +Family Workshop: Wild Ponies
In honor of Pony Penning, our family workshop will be pony themed. Learn all about how there were once wild ponies on Wallops Island, the history of the wild ponies on Assateague Island and the traditions of the annual pony swim. A craft will follow the workshop. Approximately 1 hour.
11:00 a.m. +Toddler Story Time
Bring the little ones to story time where we explore various science topics from gravity to electricity, to what makes a rainbow. Approximately 15 minutes. Ages 2 – 5.
1:00 p.m. +Model Rocket Launch
Want to see a rocket launch? Models of various sizes will be launched and visitors get to assist with countdown, volunteer to "push the button" for launch, or even build and bring their own rockets! Approximately 1 hour.
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. +Make and Take Craft: Paper Airplanes
The Visitor Center will have a "make and take craft" booth set up for children of all ages to enjoy. Young visitors are welcome to make an easy to assemble, themed craft to take home with them! This weeks theme is paper airplanes.
For more information on our public programs, call 757.824.1344 or 757.824.2297.