Summer at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center: Open Daily, New Exhibits, STEM Camps for Kids, Special Programs Including Sci-Fi Nights
Concord, NH – Summer begins on Thursday, July 1 at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center: The museum will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. seven days a week through September 5, with reservations for general admission and planetarium shows available through the Center’s website or by phone. The Discovery Center’s summer exhibits include lunar exhibits, weather exhibits from the Mount Washington Observatory complemented by the Discovery Center’s upgraded DIY weather reporting station, aviation simulators, and a special NH Space Grant featured project: exhibits created by high school students from the Applied Technology Center in Milford, NH and Seacoast School of Technology in Exeter, NH on how living and working in space affects the human body.
Daily summer planetarium shows include Tonight’s Sky, Beyond the Sun, Dynamic Earth and a favorite for families with young children, Take Flight!
The Discovery Center offers week-long day camps, in which kids ages 5 – 14 explore science and engineering topics including astronomy, rocketry, aeronautical design, robotics, weather and backyard wildlife, led by the Discovery Center’s 2021 NASA Space Grant interns Julie Valotto (mathematics major, SNHU) and Leaf Smerekanicz (physics major, UMaine) now through August 6. For eligible families, NH Department of Education “Rekindle Curiosity” scholarships are available for these camps: https://rekindlingcuriosityeducation.nh.gov/
The Discovery Center will offer its virtual Super Stellar Friday programs the first Friday of each month, and an outdoors science fiction/science history movie night the second Friday of each month at 9 p.m., beginning on July 9 with First Signal, the new sci-fi movie filmed almost entirely at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center. Movie-goers will have an opportunity to meet some of the cast and crew of First Signal at this Friday, July 9 event.
For its summer opening on July 1, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will host a visit from Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Inventor Dean Kamen at 1:30 p.m., during which Kamen will announce a gift to the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center.
The Discovery Center will wrap up its final summer weekend with AerospaceFest, its annual aerospace festival, on Saturday, September 4. The Center will be closed on the 4th of July and on Labor Day.
Dedicated to NH Space Pioneers Christa McAuliffe and Alan Shepard, 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 www.starhop.com.
*STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics