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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

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5/2

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5/9

5/9

5/16

5/16

5/23

5/23

5/29

5/30

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5:00-6:30 p.m.

11:00 a.m.

2:00 p.m.

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2:00 p.m.

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7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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2:00 p.m.

​Wallops 70th Anniversary Lecture Series

Toddler Story Time

Model Rocket Launch

Space Racers Activity

Science Demo Saturday: Glowing Water

Puppet Show

NASA SciFiles Program

Toddler Craft Time

Science on a Sphere Presentation: Climate Change

Astronomy Night: Saturn

Pop Up Science Saturday 

Pop Up Science Saturday 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

May 1

5:00 - 6:30 p.m. +Wallops 70th Anniversary Lecture Series: Explore the Future

In May, the NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center will continue to host its Lecture Series in celebration of Wallops Flight Facility's 70th Anniversary Year.  . The final lecture of the series by Director Bill Wrobel will explore the future of Wallops Flight Facility on Friday, May 8th from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. The lecture series is free and open to the public.  The gift shop will be open for the lecture series. 

May 2

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 the countdown and volunteer to "push the button" for launch, or even build and bring their own rockets. Approximately 45 minutes. 

May 9

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: Glowing Water

Can you make water glow? I think we can! This demonstration is all about the electromagnetic spectrum. We will make normal, everyday water glow like you have never seen before!

May 16

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.

May 23

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: Climate Change

Research aircraft from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility are busy conducting the 7th year of Operation IceBridge. This mission allows scientists to survey Earth's ice sheets, shelves and sea ice. In this presentation, we will look at datasets on how our Earth's polar regions have changed over the years.  Followed by the presentation, we will show a movie called Frozen which depicts a changing Earth and showcases our planet in ways never seen before. 

May 29 

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

The NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center will host an Astronomy Night from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Friday, May 29, 2015.  The Delmarva Space Sciences Foundation will be on-site to provide expertise and telescope views of the night sky. The evening will also feature astronomy presentations, movies and children activities. The event will occur regardless of cloud cover. Telescope viewing is subject to cancelation due to inclement weather. The event is free and open to the public.

May 30

11:00 a.m. +Pop Up Science Saturday

Details about the program will be posted at a later date.

2:00 p.m. +Pop Up Science Saturday

Details about the program will be posted at a later date.

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

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Page Last Updated: April 28th, 2015
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