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Family Amusements

All activities 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. unless noted otherwise

The magic planet displays data on a globe.
Image above: Learn about NASA science in new and exciting ways with exhibits like the Magic Planet. Credit: NASA
Public Readings

  • 12:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Environmental poetry readings by Jay Paul, CNU English professor and poet, in the Studio Theater

  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Children’s Literature Readings by CNU students, in the Amphitheater

Hands-on Activities

  • What’s your carbon footprint? Calculate your greenhouse gas emissions and learn how to make small changes to reduce it.
  • Solar telescope
  • Weather station with weather balloon demonstrations
  • Color change bead craft for children
  • Peninsula Fine Arts Center’s giant canvas: Add your artwork for children
  • Postcards from Space: Get your picture taken “in space” and take home a postcard
  • Magic Planet: 3-D Earth projection on a globe
  • My NASA DATA and S’COOL: How can you use NASA data in your life? Are you an amateur meteorologist? You can do a cloud observation with NASA scientists.
  • Podcast kiosk: Choose a NASA podcast and take it home.

EarthFest includes activities for adults and children of all ages
Image above: EarthFest includes activities for adults and children of all ages. Credit: NASA
  • Science Serving Society: Learn how NASA puts science to use in everyday life
  • Hampton Roads Climate Change: as measured by student interns at NASA
  • Ozone Demystified: Good ozone protects us from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Bad ozone destroys crops. Learn how and why! Take home some wildflower seeds for your garden.
  • NASA Langley's Contributions to Green Technologies: Learn what your local NASA facility is doing to help save our environment
  • NASA Aeronautics: An investment in America's Future. Learn how NASA helps make flying safer, more efficient and less polluting.
  • Other exhibits include Insects, Chemistry Show, Fish and Aquatic Environment, Marshland Restoration Project, Water-Level Measurements in Marshlands, Pollution Prevention, Light Bulb Comparisons, Geology and Mineral Resources of Virginia, Tree Ring Display