Winter Break Idea: INTREPID KIDS WEEK 2015 #Staycation

As Massapequa schools have off coming up on winter break, I thought it would be great to take a trip into the city for the festivities at the Intrepid!  I remember my elementary school trip to the Intrepid was my favorite school trip EVER.  I can’t wait to bring my kids during winter break!

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will host their annual Kids Week from Monday, February 16 – Saturday, February 21.  During Kids Week, children will have the opportunity to participate in dozens of fun, educational and interactive activities the whole family will enjoy.  This year’s theme is the theme of flight.

From the science of aviation to sustaining life in outer space, each day will offer unique opportunities for discovery.  Kids can learn how to grow food in space, create their own telescopes, and master the physics of aviation while making a perfect paper airplane. Families can learn about the stars in our pop-up planetarium, watch exciting science demonstrations or get an up-close look at live birds of prey. Explore high-flying science with workshops, screenings, and a host of special guests including NASA engineers, space scientists, aviators, and children’s book authors.

DATES: Monday, February 16 – Saturday, February 21
TIME: Programs run from 10:00am–5:00pm daily
COST: Free with price of admission
LOCATION:Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86 (46th Street and 12th Avenue) Manhattan

2015 KIDS WEEK PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

All week, Intrepid Museum staff will lead live interactive educational demonstrations, pop-up planetarium presentations, guided family tours, fun-filled aircraft scavenger hunts, and free raffles and giveaways.  Each day will also include “Meet the Scientist,” where kids will have the opportunity to meet real-life scientists and talk to them one-on-one about their work and what inspired them to pursue a career in science.

Dates and times are subject to change.  For the most updated Kids Week schedule, please visit www.intrepidmuseum.org.

Kids Week at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is proudly supported by Coca-Cola.

Monday, February 16:  Exciting workshops by Dazzling Discoveries will allow kids to make space claw tools and experiment with equilibrium, while Talons! A Bird of Prey Experience will perform a live show as well as offer up-close encounters with the birds throughout the day. Kids will enjoy aerodynamics workshops and activities by Space Racers, and the famous “Science Bob” will illustrate the wonders of flight with exciting live demonstrations with liquid nitrogen and other chemical reactions. Kids can meet NASA tool designer Jill McGuire, who will demonstrate and discuss tools used in space, and author Aaron Meshon, who will be on hand to read his book Tools Rule! and participate in a demo with Ms. McGuire comparing regular household tools to NASA-designed objects.

*Meet the Scientist: Steven Mohammad: Learn how data from the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) is used to map the Milky Way.

*Themed Tour Guide Talks: The Real Scoop on Space Poop; Who was Neil Armstrong?; A Focus on Hubble.

Tuesday, February 17: Tuesday’s events include activities, live performances and presentations by Talons! A Bird of Prey Experience, Dazzling Discoveries, Space Racers, and Lego-building robotics activities from Robofun. Author Steve Light will be on hand to read his book Zephyr Takes Flight, followed by a Q&A and sketching with the author.

*Meet the Scientist: Astrophysicist Marcos Santander: Learn about high-energy gamma-rays with the VERITAS telescope array and the Fermi gamma-ray satellite.

*Themed Tour Guide Talks: How Big is Space?; Tuskegee Airmen; Splash Down!

Wednesday, February 18: Workshops, performances and presentations by Talons! A Bird of Prey Experience, Dazzling Discoveries, and Space Racers, as well as exciting rocketry activities from i2 Camp and a live performance by Mad Science of their aviation-themed Marvels of Motion show.  Author Aaron Meshon will be on hand to read his book Tools Rule!, followed by a Q&A and sketching with the audience. Also taking place will be a special presentation by Margie Turrin, education coordinator at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, where kids can learn how airplanes are used to collect data in the Antarctic.

*Meet the Scientist: Astrophysicist Or Graur: Learn how telescopes on Earth and in space are used to observe supernovae (the explosions of stars).

Ellen J. Crapster-Pregont: Learn how space rocks tell us about the early solar system and how planets are formed.

*Themed Tour Guide Talks: Scott Carpenter: Intrepid Astronaut; Sally Ride; Who was Neil Armstrong?

Thursday, February 19: Thursday is filled with workshops, performances and presentations by Talons! A Bird of Prey Experience, Dazzling Discoveries, Space Racers, Mad Science and i2 Camp, as well as a Cradle of Aviation workshop about simple machines, and presentations by aviator Amelia Rose Earhart.  Screenings of Curious George Goes to Mars will take place throughout the day, as well as a special costumed appearance by Curious George himself!

Meet the Scientist: Astrophysicist Or Graur: Learn how telescopes on Earth and in space are used to observe supernovae (the explosions of stars).

Andreas Küpper: Learn about the dynamics and interactions of stars and black holes, as well as the motions of stars and star clusters in the halo of the Milky Way.

*Themed Tour Guide Talks: How Big is Space?; A Focus on Hubble; The Real Scoop on Space Poop

Friday, February 20: Activities, performances and presentations will be offered throughout the day from Dazzling Discoveries, Space Racers, i2 Camp, NY Sun Works, Mad Science and aviator Amelia Rose Earhart, as well as a parachute-making activity from the Society of Women Engineers. Author Gilbert Ford will be on hand to read his book Flying Lessons, followed by a Q&A and sketching with the audience.

*Meet the Scientist: Daniel D’Orazio: Learn about the exploration of gravity through probing the universe’s most powerful gravitational labs: black holes.

*Themed Tour Guide Talks: Tuskegee Airmen; Scott Carpenter: Intrepid Astronaut; Splash Down!

Saturday, February 21:  The final day of Kids Week offers workshops, performances and presentations from Dazzling Discoveries, Space Racers and Mad Science, as well as screenings of Curious George Goes to Mars. Also included are Pocket Scientist aviation experiments from the Liberty Science Center, robotics workshops from the Lab for Robotics Education, and live performances of Flight and Life in Space shows from the Franklin Institute.  A special speed-building challenge from Rube Goldberg will take place, where kids will have one hour to use ordinary items to create an overly complex machine that performs a simple task. Author Brian Floca will be reading his book Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11, followed by a behind-the-scenes look at how he wrote his book.

*Meet the Scientist: Shy Genel: Learn how Dark Matter accumulates into massive “Dark Matter halos,” and how galaxies form in the centers of those halos.

*Themed Tour Guide Talks: How Big is Space?; Sally Ride; A Focus on Hubble

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