This Mommy Poppins-favorite event is back. The wildly-popular event takes visitors on a “ride” through the wonders of space. Highlights include a life-size model of Mars Science Laboratory, demonstrations from numerous space missions; JPL’s machine shop, where robotic spacecraft parts are built; and the Microdevices Lab, where engineers and scientists use tiny technology to revolutionize space exploration.
Families are invited to celebrate NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's accomplishments with exhibits and demonstrations about the Laboratory's ongoing research and space exploration. Dozens of the Lab's scientists and engineers are on hand to answer questions about how spacecraft are sent to other planets, how scientists utilize space technologies to explore Earth, and how researchers are now searching for planets beyond the solar system.
Visitors can browse the large campus, set up with special exhibits, displays, demonstrations, and hands-on activities designed for kids. This is an amazing opportunity to see things that only we Southern Californians get to see (which is why it's on our LA with Kids Bucket List!) and get answers to everything you ever wanted to know about space travel.
Food and beverages are available for purchase, along with space souvenirs and NASA and JPL merchandise.
Parking is available near the Oak Grove main gate and on the eastern boundary of JPL, accessible from Windsor Avenue via the Arroyo Boulevard exit off the 210 Freeway. Parking is free, but limited. Note that the line of cars getting into the JPL parking lot can take longer to navigate than the freeway trip to Pasadena; early arrival is strongly recommended!