“What is the ‘Apollo 11 Celebration: Moon Bash’ at the Adler Planetarium?” by S.M. O’Connor

To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, the Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum will hold Apollo 11 Celebration: Moon Bash on July 19th & 20th.  The Moon Bash will include hands-on programs, talks, performances, and one-day-only theater shows.  Take the family and learn how the Apollo 11 mission can inspire our next Moonshot.  “Moon Bash” is part of the Adler Planetarium’s APOLLO 11 CELEBRATION | JULY 18-20 (“CHOOSE THE MOON WITH THE ADLER”).

Moon Bash July 19th

On Friday, July 19, 2019, highlights will include “Exploration Stations;” “To the Moon, with I Play Games;” “Sketch the Moon;” and “Small Steps, Giant Leaps – Voices of Apollo.”  At “Exploration Stations,” visitors can launch a rocket, train like an astronaut, and learn about the Moon with hands-on activities.  One can relive the Apollo 11 mission using virtual reality with “To the Moon, with I Play Games.”  Visitors can explore the artworks of Chesley Bonestell and imagine a future lunar mission with “Sketch the Moon.”  At “Small Steps, Giant Leaps – Voices of Apollo,” One can explore a series of personal stories inspire by the Apollo 11 mission in a temporary exhibition and share his or her story with the Adler Planetarium.  Afterwards, check out the online exhibition “Voices of Apollo.”

Moon Bash July 20th

On Saturday, July 20, 2019, highlights will include The Day We Walked on the Moon; “Exploration Stations;” “Performances & Talks;” “Chicago’s Moonshot Mural;” and “Small Steps, Giant Leaps – Voices of Apollo.”  The Day We Walked on the Moon is a documentary from the Smithsonian Channel that relates the story of how humanity reached the Moon through awesome footage and interviews with key figures in the Apollo 11 mission.  This documentary is covered with admission.  The “Performances & Talks” include puppet shows, museum theater performances, and special talks from astronomers and other experts, some of whom worked on the Apollo program.  Visitors can help create a “community mural” about the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.  On Saturday, “Small Steps, Giant Leaps – Voices of Apollo” will be from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Click here to purchase tickets.  Please note that a Museum Entry pass only grants one access to the Adler Planetarium for one day and do not cover the Moon Bash both days.

Normally, the Adler Planetarium is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The Adler Planetarium began observing extended Summer Hours (9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) on Memorial Day (May 27, 2019) and will continue to do so through Labor Day (September 2, 2019). However, the Adler Planetarium closed early, at 4:00 p.m. on May 30th and on June 18th and also closed early, at 5:00 p.m., on June 20th.  It will close especially early, at 2:00 p.m., on Saturday, September 7, 2019.  The Adler Planetarium will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 28, 2019) and Christmas Day (Wednesday, December 25, 2019).  It will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from Thursday, December 26, 2019 to Wednesday, January 1, 2020.

The Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum is located on the Museum Campus at the northern end of the Chicago Park District’s Burnham Park.  The address is 1300 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60605.

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