Looking for a great FREE event for the kids this weekend? NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena is holding their annual open house. JPL is the lead U.S. center for robotic exploration of the solar system, and conducts major programs in space-based Earth sciences and astronomy. So pretty much... your kids will LOVE it!
The open house is on Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event this year is titled “Great Journeys,” and will take all visitors on a “ride” through the wonders of space. Their press release says that “highlights include a life-size model of Mars Science Laboratory, the NASA/JPL spacecraft currently bound for Mars; 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.”
Your afternoon will be filled with hands-on activities and will provide many opportunities for your kids (or yourself) to talk with scientists and engineers. And bring your cell phones! They will be holding a mobile phone scavenger hunt.
They are located at 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, California, 91109. Parking and admission are free.
With a house full of little boys and an engineer husband who has done projects with JPL, this is my family’s perfect event for weekend fun. I hope to see all of you there. And don’t forget to check out Colorado Blvd. afterwards for a little shopping and dining.
P.S. Do you think I can squeeze one of my kids onto a rocket that is headed to Mars? Maybe if they don’t behave I will check this out and see if it’s an option. ;)