Explore JPL 2023

Sat Apr 29, 2023 - Sun Apr 30, 2023
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Repeating every days through April 30, 2023.
8:30am to 4:00pm PT
Age: 5 and up
Price: Free, but ticket required
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

After a 4 year hiatus, this Mommy Poppins-favorite event is back. The wildly-popular Open House takes visitors on a “ride” through the wonders of space. Highlights include  full-size models of Mars rovers and the Europa Clipper spacecraft being constructed in the Spacecraft Assembly Facility, mission control and the machine shop, and the Microdevices Laboratory.

The response to JPL's Open House event has been so great in recent years that attendance has maxed out, leading JPL to make the annual free event a ticketed one. Timed tickets are distributed in a mad internet dash several weeks in advance.  

(And yes, Explore JPL is sold out for 2023! You can check the site to see if any tickets become available)

Those lucky enough to score tickets get an inside look at the Jet Propulsion Lab,  with an up-close look at space exploration and a chance to meet the scientists and engineers who make it all happen.  Plus 3-D movies, multiple spacecraft on display, historical building to walk thru and more. There is a limit of 5 tickets per requestor.

Outside of the open house event, you can explore the JPL campus via its online virtual tour.

Ticket distribution begins at 9am on Sunday, April 2, 2023.


Photo courtesy of NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab

** Activity dates/times are subject to change. Please click through to the activity website to verify.