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December fun and events at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

Concord, NH – The Discovery Center is open to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, plus the first Friday night of each month from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Discovery Center will also be open for winter vacation from December 26th - January 5th from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Closed on New Year's Day).


The December planetarium show line-up covers flight, humanity’s first steps on the moon, the planets, stars, constellations, and solar science: Take Flight at 11:00 a.m., CapCom Go! at noon, Attack of the Space Pirates at 1:00 p.m., Tonight’s Sky at 2:00 p.m., and Sunstruck at 3:00 p.m. every day the Discovery Center is open to the public.


On Friday night, December 6th, The Mount Washington Observatory will be joining us for this Super Stellar Friday as our special guest speaker! Bitter cold, dense fog, heavy snow, and record winds: Mount Washington is known worldwide for its unpredictable and dangerous weather. For a mountain its size, why is Mt. Washington called the “Home of the World’s Worst Weather”? Join Mount Washington Observatory's Will Broussard for an investigation into the unique life and work of weather observers stationed at the observatory year-round. We will explore how the mountain's weather works and what it can tell us about New England’s own weather patterns. This program will include interactive demonstrations, weather instruments, stunning photography, and video footage from the summit. This exciting program is appropriate for adults and children alike. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the program begins at 7:00 p.m. Pending clear skies, the Observatory will be open for star gazing.


On Sunday, December 8th, Astronaut Santa makes a stop at the Discovery Center from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Come for the day, explore our exhibits and galleries, see a planetarium show and get your picture taken with Astronaut Santa! Ornament decorating and a paper snowflake activity will also take place on our exhibit floor throughout the day. And on Tuesday, December 10th, the Discovery Center will open its doors for our Member’s Holiday Party from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. All the exhibits and galleries will be on for the evening and a special winter themed planetarium show will be played. No holiday party is complete without hot coco and cookies! There will also be ornament painting and decorating, so the whole family can come. Not a member? Check out the Discovery Center’s website for more info.


On December 12th, a special homeschool workshop: Traveling with the Moon and Stars, explores how the Apollo Program made the great leap to the Moon, a challenge that incorporated communicating and navigating in a dynamic landscape. Email to sign up in advance.


Make sure to stop by the Science Store during the holiday season to get your gift shopping done! The Science Store is open every day the Discovery Center is open to the public and is filled with a wide variety of air and space-related toys, books, science kits, T-shirts, caps and memorabilia. All proceeds from sales support the Discovery Center.


The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center features 21st century interactive exhibits on aviation, astronomy, Earth and space science, a full-dome, all-digital planetarium and a variety of science, technology, and engineering and mathematics programs. The engaging, robust educational programs are geared towards families, teens, seniors, students, community groups and lifelong learners. For more information, visit


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