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  • It’s a Musical Spring Break at the Cosmosphere!

    It’s a Musical Spring Break at the Cosmosphere!

    March 8, 2018

    Live music and dance performances to happen in the Grand Lobby beginning March 12 and continuing through the rest of the month. 

    Other special Spring Break activities include guided tours of the museum, solar observing, special music-centered children's activities, flying drones, underwater robotics and more



    Now Showing: New Documentary
    “America’s Musical Journey” is a joyful, tune-filled tour of some of the nation’s iconic musical cities and celebrates unique cultural diversity. Audiences will be entertained and educated as the film laces together art, history, language, and science over a soundtrack of great music.

    For showtimes, call: 620.665.9347 or 800.397.0330 ext. 347, or visit

    Live Musical Performances
    Beginning March 12, see live musical and dance performances in the Grand Lobby! Listen to a variety of music from acoustic duos to school bands, and even participate in a swing dancing session.

    Monday, March 12
    12:30-2:00 pm:
     50 Years Late, 50's and 60's music, on the shuttle wing.

    Thursday, March 15
    10:00-11:30 am: Brad Shores of Tropical Shores Steel Drum Band, steel drums/Tropical Style.

    Friday, March 16
    11:45 am-12:15 pm: Buhler Singers of Buhler High School, on the shuttle wing

    Saturday, March 17
    1:00-3:00 pm: Barry Jones, guitar and vocal/Americana style, on the shuttle wing.
    3:00-3:30 pm: Swing Dance Lessons with Myra and Jim Kitson of Metropolitan Coffee, in the lobby under the Blackbird. Wear slick soled shoes.
    3:30-5:00 pm: Swing Dancing with Myra and Jim Kitson of Metropolitan Coffee, in the lobby under the Blackbird. Wear slick soled shoes.

    Sunday, March 18
    12:00-2:00 pm: Lena Sawyer, keyboardist, on the shuttle wing. lenasawyerpiano

    Tuesday, March 20
    10:00-10:30 am: Don't miss students from Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts with Suzuki violin students led by Rebecca Schloneger and dance students performing their own choreography.

    Wednesday, March 21
    12:00-12:45 pm: Community Sing-A-Long with a Spacey Twist! Lead by Bob Colladay and his ukulele in the lobby under the Blackbird. Bring your lunch or stay for lunch in the Cosmosphere Cafe!
    4:30-5:30 pm: Ji Shim Anderson, Cello Performance and Education in the Discovery Room (2nd floor). Kids are encouraged to attend!

    Friday, March 23
    1:30-2:30 pm:
    Nickerson High School Jazz Band & Madrigals will be performing on the shuttle wing and observation deck. 
    6:00-7:00 pm: Local Indie Rock band Yogi Bogi will play from the shuttle wing.

    Saturday, March 24
    11:30 am -12:30 pm: Kissed by a Gypsy (Adam and Maggie Pounds), Folk Music, on the shuttle wing (first half of performance is for kids).
    5:00-6:00 pm: Instrumental guitarist, Ryan Coon, will be playing from the shuttle wing. 

    Sunday, March 25
    12:30-1:00 pm:
    The State Fair Promenaders will be dancin' away in the lobby. Check out this fun demonstration and feel free to join in!
    4:00-6:00 pm: Fezziwigg, Celtic band, on the shuttle wing. fezziwigg

    Wednesday, March 28
    12:00-1:30 pm: Trevor Stewart playing various instruments,

    *More performances coming soon. Performances are subject to change. 

    Children’s Activities
    Get a taste of Cosmosphere science education experiences during Spring Break. Learn about underwater robots and flying drones, use special solar equipment to see the sun and take a guided tour through the Cosmosphere’s amazing space artifact collection.

    Experience hands-on children’s activities at the Innovator’s Workshop in the Cosmosphere lobby daily.

    Space Out Saturday — Offered twice in March!
    Take advantage of the Cosmosphere’s FREE family event, Space Out Saturday, twice in March! On both Saturday, March 17 and again on Saturday, March 24, the Cosmosphere will hold Space Out Saturday activities.

    A special kid’s sing along, music related hands-on activities, storytime and more are planned!

    From March 12 through May 4, the Cosmosphere will be collecting non-perishable food itemsfor the Reno County Food Bank. While many donations come to the food bank over the holidays, the need in our community continues throughout the entire year. Help families in Reno County who struggle with hunger by donating canned goods today!

    Plus, we'll have extended hours the week of March 12, we'll be open until 7 p.m.

Upcoming Events

  • Calling all students grades 4-12!
    May 1 – September 30
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  • Learn to Fly Your Drone: The Basics
    September 29
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  • Coffee at the Cosmo: The Restoration of MOCR and the Cosmosphere’s Role
    October 18
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  • Calling all students grades 4-12!

    Date: Tuesday, May 01, 2018

    Earth v the International Space Station Agriculture Contest

    Grow your way to Cosmosphere Aerospace Camp!

    Students fourth through twelfth grades are invited to take on the ISS in a competition to grow the most food within a one cubic meter garden space.

    A winner from each grade category below receives a camp package for 2019 summer camp season and will be recognized at the Cosmosphere this fall.

    Going into 4th - 6th Grade

    Going into 7th - 8th Grade

    Going into 9th - 12th Grade

    Contest starts May 1 and runs through September 30, 2018.

    We will be sharing our results with our Kansas Astronaut Col. Nick Hague while he is on the ISS!

    How It Works: Any student who wants to participate needs to carefully read the rules, set-up their garden, collect the required data, and turn in all results to the Cosmosphere at on or before September 30, 2018. 

    Click here to download the Space Ag Contest rules and entry form!


    Q. Can a plant trail outside of the cubic meter area? 
    A. No.  All of the growing area including roots and plant must remain inside the cubic meter area.

    Q. Is it okay to plant vines along with other plants?
    A.  Yes.  You can plant any combination of plants you chose.

    Q. Must the light source also be in the cubic meter?
    A. No.  It may be above and can be natural such as sunlight or you can use a grow light.

    Q. Does the cubic meter area have to be a cube?
    A.  No.  It can be any shape as long as the total volume is only one cubic meter.

    Q. Can you add water?
    A.  Yes.  It does not have to be a closed system.  You may use water as you wish.  (Don’t tell our astronaut friends!)  Since the system does not have to be closed, water will be lost depending on wind and heat so we are not limiting how much water can be used.

    Q.  Does the cubic meter have to be a built structure?
    A.  No.  you just need to measure and make sure the growing area (roots and plant) are all within a cubic meter volumetric area.

    Q.  Is it okay to use a plant light?
    A.  Yes.  Any light source is acceptable.

    Q. Do the roots count as part of the cubic meter?
    A. Yes, the entire plant including any leaves and roots, are included and must be inside of the cubic meter area.

  • Early Closing of the Lobby and Main Entrance at 5 pm

    Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018 5:00 PM – 11:59 PM

    The Cosmosphere's main entrance, naviGATOR simulator and lobby will be closing early to the General Public on Thursday, September 27 at 5:00 p.m. for a private event. The Carey Digital Dome Theater shows after 5:00 pm will play as scheduled. The Hall of Space Museum and Gift Store are open until 7:00 pm.

    Please use the alternate entrance to the North of the main entrance, by the Richard E. Smith Science Center.

  • Learn to Fly Your Drone: The Basics

    Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Location:Cosmosphere Banquet Room and Drone Drome

    Join us Saturday, September 29 in the Banquet Room, as Space Science Educator's teach you the basics of drone safety, maintenance, operation, and troubleshooting for beginners. 

    The class will begin in the banquet room and continue at the “Drone Drome,” sponsored by the University of Kansas School of Engineering, for practice using the Cosmosphere’s small drones. 

    Admission will be free with registration at the door.

    For questions, contact Chuck McClary at or 620.665.9340.

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