If you’ve been following along with us recently, then you’ve probably heard about World Space Week and how we’re pretty excited about it.
World Space Week officially kicks off Tuesday, Oct. 4 and ends the following Monday, Oct. 10. We can’t wait to jump into the conversation and celebrate space from all across the globe. To start off, we thought we could share some ways that you and your kiddo can participate in Space Week from home!
Join The Conversation
To start things off, you can join the World Space Week conversation on social media by searching #WorldSpaceWeek on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Find out what other families, organizations and individuals are doing to commemorate the occasion and upload your own thoughts and photos of you and your kiddos getting spacey.
Take A Virtual Field Trip To Mars
While you’re at it, take a virtual field trip or two. You may remember when we told you about Generation Beyond, the online database for all things space to teach your kiddos about the final frontier from home.
As promised, Generation Beyond is offering a virtual field trip to Mars and back to kick off Space Week on Oct. 4 at 1pm ET. This is an awesome opportunity to gather some friends together and journey into the final frontier together. You can register for the field trip here.
Build Your Own Spacecraft
Space Week is an awesome opportunity for mini makers to test their building skills by creating their own model spacecraft. This tutorial by NASA is a great tool for teaching your child about the important elements of a spacecraft and how to mimic them to create his or her very own spacecraft.
Find A World Space Week Event In Your Area
The official website for World Space Week has compiled a list of events across the globe to celebrate all things space. You can view the map here to find an event in your area, or check your local news for more information. From observatory specials to local readings by authors of space-themed children’s books, there are plenty of opportunities for you and your children to bond over the beauty of the universe.
Make Your Own Astronaut Suit
At PopUp Play, we love to see kiddos actively using their imagination, and costumes are a great way for kids to imagine they’re real-life astronauts, just like the ones that Space Week commemorates. Plus, Halloween is just around the corner, so why not get a jump start on your kiddo’s costume? For a simple suit tutorial that you can make out of common household items, click here.
What astronaut doesn’t need his or her own rocketship? Once you’ve finished your space suit, be sure to keep an eye out for a very special announcement from us when the life-sized rocketship is available to build on the Build Lab!