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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 2-5 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.
Echo the Bat Story Time
Toddler Story Time
Orion Crafts and Activities
Model Rocket Launch
Orion and Space Launch System Presentation
11:00 a.m. +Echo the Bat Story Time
Bring the little ones to story time with Echo the Bat. Go on an adventure with Echo and learn about looking at the Earth from space. Ages 2 - 5. Approximately 30 minutes.
1:00 p.m. +Sun-Earth Connections
Want to know more about the sun?...What it's made of?...Why it is important to us?...Join us for an overview on the sun while looking through our sunspotters from the rooftop observation deck. Approximately 45 minutes.
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 30 minutes. Ages 2 – 5.
12:00 - 4:00 p.m. +Orion EFT-1 Event
When the Orion crew capsule atop a Delta IV Heavy rocket launches from Cape Canaveral, FL in December we will be celebrating! Orion is the next generation of manned spaceflight, and is designed to ferry astronauts to asteroids, Mars and other destinations beyond Earth orbit. Join us for an afternoon full of crafts and activities. The crafts include building a paper Orion model, designing a spacesuit, Orion coloring sheets and more!
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.
3:00 p.m. +Orion and Space Launch System Presentation
Want to know more about the next spacecraft planned to propel us into the future of human space exploration? Want to know more about the world's most powerful rocket being built? Join us for a presentation on NASA's newest spacecraft that will take us beyond Earth orbit and go where no human has gone before. Approximately 45 minutes.
11:00 a.m. +Space Racers Activity
This weeks Space Racers activity will be "Planet Jumble"! In this hands-on lesson, students learn the names of the planets in the solar system and play a fun game where they learn the order of the planets. Space Racers is a new animated preschool television program that follows young spaceship cadets as they soar through the solar system learning about the power or scientific investigation and observation, the wonders of space exploration and the importance of working together as a team. Ages 2 - 5. Approximately 30 minutes.
1:00 p.m. +Family Workshop: Solar System Art
Join us for a short overview on the solar system and then families will work together to create their own solar system mobiles. Approximately 45 minutes. Space is limited and registration is required. To register contact Jessica Beebe at 757.824.2297
11:00 a.m. +Puppet Show
Join Sam the Monkey and Puppet Astronauts Jenny and Jeff as they go on an adventure in space. Ages 2 - 5. Approximately 30 minutes.
1:00 p.m. +SciFiles Saturday
Join the Tree House Detectives as they go on an adventure to learn more about STEM related topics. Approximately 45 minutes.
For more information on our public programs, call 757.824.1344 or 757.824.2297.