Solar Eclipse Preview at the Discovery Center Museum

Families and young explorers are invited to embark on an exciting journey into the realm of solar eclipses. “Solar Eclipse Preview,” designed to coincide with the upcoming total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, offers a unique opportunity for children and families to learn about eclipses in engaging ways. Highlights of the event include: Planetarium Shows: Learn about solar eclipses in new and exciting 15-minute shows. Shows are included with museum admission and will occur every half hour from 10:30 – 3:00 pm. Eclipse Glasses Giveaway: Certified eclipse glasses will be provided to guests while supplies last. Solar Oven Adventures: Children can explore the science behind solar cooking by making and enjoying tasty solar-cooked s’mores. Thaumotropes and Light-Sound Exploration: Through hands-on experiments with thaumotropes and a special light-sound device, young learners can delve into the fascinating concepts of light, sound, and the unique phenomena associated with solar eclipses. Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science: Discover how ancient cultures interpreted eclipses and compare their explanations to modern scientific understanding. Creative Projects in Makerspace and Art Studio: Unleash creativity with eclipse-themed projects in the museum’s Makerspace and Art Studio. For more information about the solar eclipse, to While the path of totality does go through southern Illinois, Rockford-area residents will experience 91% totality at approximately 2:05 pm Monday, April 8, 2024.


Apr 06 2024


11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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