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Apollo 11 Celebration: Moon Bash

Fri Jul 19, 2019
9:00am to 6:00pm
All ages
Adult: $19; Child (ages 3-11): $8; Child under 3: Free

The Adler Planetarium is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing all weekend, and everyone is invited! Space fans can enjoy hands-on programs, special talks and performances, theater shows, and more!

Schedule (from the host):

July 19

  • Exploration Stations. Launch a rocket, train like an astronaut, and learn all about the Moon with hands-on programs all day long!
  • To The Moon, with I Play Games. Relive the Apollo 11 mission in virtual reality! Sit in the cramped cockpit of the Eagle, see Earth from a different perspective, and take steps on the surface of the Moon!
  • Sketch the Moon. Explore the work of noted space artist Chesley Bonestell and imagine a future mission to the Moon in this art activity.
  • Small Steps, Giant Leaps – Voices of Apollo. The first Moon Landing continues to inspire people around the world. Explore a series of personal stories inspired by this historic event in a temporary exhibition, and share your own stories with us! Check out our related online exhibition Voices of Apollo!

July 20

  • The Day We Walked on the Moon. This documentary from the Smithsonian Channel tells the story of how he got to the Moon through spectacular footage and interviews with key figures in the Apollo 11 mission. Included with admission.
  • Exploration Stations. Launch a rocket, train like an astronaut, and learn all about the Moon with hands-on programs all day long!
  • Performances & Talks. Don’t miss live puppet performances, museum theater pieces, and special talks from astronomers & other experts, some of whom worked on the Apollo program.
  • Chicago’s Moonshot Mural. Help us create a community mural that highlights the Apollo 11 anniversary and your own “moonshots”!
  • Small Steps, Giant Leaps – Voices of Apollo. The first Moon Landing continues to inspire people around the world. Explore a series of personal stories inspired by this historic event in a temporary exhibition, and share your own stories with us! (11:00 am – 12:00 pm)

*Note that Museum Entry pass only includes access for one day at the Adler and does not include both days of the Moon Bash celebration.


Adler Planetarium
1300 S Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60605
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