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NASA Wallops Visitor Center-Public Events
PUBLIC PROGRAMS & SPECIAL EVENTS Return to Visitor Center Site

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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. 

Saturday Programming

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.

2:00 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.

DATE TIME EVENT

4/4

4/4

4/10

4/11

4/11

4/18

4/18

4/24

4/25

4/25

 11:00 a.m.

2:00 p.m.

5-6:30 p.m.

11:00 a.m.

2:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m.

2:00 p.m.

7 - 9 p.m.

11:00 a.m.

2:00 p.m.

Toddler Story Time

Model Rocket Launch

Wallops 70th Anniversary Lecture Series

Space Racers Activity

Science Demo Saturday: Floating Eggs

Puppet Show

NASA SciFiles

​Astronomy Night

Toddler Craft Time

Science on a Sphere Presentation

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

April 4

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.

2:00 pm. +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.

April 10

5 - 6:30 p.m. +Wallops 70th Anniversary Lecture Series: Discover the Present

The NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center will host a Lecture Series in celebration of Wallops Flight Facility’s 70th Anniversary Year. The series will feature three lectures that will explore the past, present and future of Wallops Flight Facility. Speakers include Wallop’s Environmental Engineer T.J. Meyer, Deputy Direct Bruce Underwood, and Director Bill Wrobel. The second lecture will be on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. with Bruce Underwood on the present operations at Wallops. The lecture series is free and open to the public. The Gift Shop will be open during the event.

April 11

11:00 a.m. +Space Racers Activity

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. Prior to watching an episode of Space Racers, we will do an activity to this weeks episode. Ages 2 - 5. Approximately 30 minutes.

2:00 p.m. +Science Demo Saturday: Floating Eggs 

Let’s see if we can make eggs float! In this demonstration we will learn about buoyancy and the reason behind some magical floating egg. 

April 18

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.

2:00 p.m. +NASA SciFiles Program

Join the Tree House Detectives as they go on an adventure to learn more about STEM related topics. Approximately 45 minutes.

April 24 

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. +Astronomy Night

More information about the event will be posted soon. 

April 25

11:00 a.m. +Toddler Craft Time

Bring the little ones to craft time where we will create various space themed crafts. Ages 2 - 5. Approximately 30 minutes.

2:00 p.m. +Science on a Sphere Presentation

Join us for a presentation in the Science on a Sphere Theater. Science On a Sphere® (SOS) is a room sized, global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data onto a six foot diameter sphere, analogous to a giant animated globe. Approximately 45 minutes.

For more information on our public programs, call 757.824.1344 or 757.824.2297.

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