There are some out-of-this-world things on tap for this weekend’s big lunar landing anniversary party — and that’s not even all that’s happening on Bainbridge Island.
Here are our Best Bets for fun on the Rock in the next few days.
The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art will continue its series of free summer break “Art in Action” sessions from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday – and every Friday through Aug. 30.
Guests will join teaching artists in the museum’s galleries and create make-and-take art projects.
All ages are welcome and no preregistration is required.
Visit www.biartmuseum.org for more information.
Now then, about those moon parties. We got the details, you lunatics.
(Lunatic — note the luna part — being an antiquated term referring to a person who is seen as mentally ill, dangerous, foolish, unpredictable, or crazy—conditions once attributed to lunacy, derived from lunaticus meaning “of the moon” or “moonstruck”).
First, “Back to the Moon” will take off at Kids Discovery Museum.
Future space explorers and scientists, and their families, are invited to follow in the footsteps of NASA greats to discover mysteries of the universe with Dr. Erica Saint Clair of BPAstro Kids. And museum docents will lead space-themed science experiments, art projects and activities based on the curriculum provided by the National Informal STEM Education Network.
Featured activities are going on between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and are included with admission or membership. No registration is necessary.
Space enthusiasts will kick off the festivities with a rocket launch at 10:30 a.m. to be followed by interactive “Hide & Seek Moon,” and “Stomp Rocket” stations (available until noon). They will discover different tools that help scientists study objects that are far away, from binoculars to powerful telescopes, and children will also learn about different kinds of spacecraft used by scientists to make new discoveries.
In the afternoon (from 1 to 3:30 p.m.) docents will lead “Land Cover” and “Static Electricity” stations, where families will examine how NASA scientists use observations from Earth and space to monitor the changes and make predictions about the future of our planet. They will also be introduced to the concept of static electricity and find out about the tools scientists build and use to answer specific questions and detect invisible forces on Earth and in space, and study how static electricity behaves — here on Earth, in space, and on other worlds, too.
In addition, a special hands-on project will be going on in the art room throughout the day.
For detailed schedule and latest information on Back to the Moon, summer camps, membership costs and other programs visit www.kidimu.org.
Later, at Ritchie Observatory in Battle Point Park, the fun continues with a moon landing anniversary party, set to blast off at 4 p.m.
Saint Clair will again be a headliner, this time as part of a special smattering of activities from BPAstro Kids (see www.facebook.com/BPAstroKids to learn more).
After that, starting at 5:30 p.m., the Battle Point Astronomical Association will host a double bill of documentaries — plus a stargazing session (hopefully).
“First Man” is a biopic on Neil Armstrong, showing the major events in his life prior to the moon landing. How does one become the first person to walk on the moon? Almost take the X-15 into the Pacific? Spin in Gemini 8 to near the point of blackout? Eject out of the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle? Watch and find out.
“Apollo 11,” produced by CNN, is a contemporaneous examination of the mission. Digging though the national archives, the filmmakers have found a treasure trove of previous unseen high-resolution images that bring the event back to life.
And later, stick around to observe stars … or maybe clouds … and/or rain. If the sky is clear, though, astronomers will be on hand with telescopes.
These events are free to association members, with a $2 donation suggested for nonmembers (or $5 for families).
For more information, call 206-842-9152 or visit www.bpastro.org.
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