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  • Cosmosphere to Be More Family Friendly Thanks to Sunderland Foundation Gift

    Cosmosphere to Be More Family Friendly Thanks to Sunderland Foundation Gift

    April 11, 2019

    Thanks to a gift of $500,000 from the Sunderland Foundation of Kansas City, the Cosmosphere will be a more welcoming place for families with young children in 2020.

    According to the Cosmosphere, the Sunderland Foundation’s gift will fund the CosmoKids Discovery Area of the Hall of Space at the world-renowned science education center and space museum.

    “We are eager to begin construction on CosmoKids this fall and hope to have it open early in 2020,” said Cosmosphere CEO Jim Remar. “The area will include STEM-based interactives and space where families can learn through interacting together or children can enjoy supervised play time while older family members enjoy the museum.”

    The gift follows $500,000 from the Sunderland Foundation to the Revitalization Campaign in 2017 and brings the total campaign funds raised to $4.3 million toward a goal of $7.4 million.

    “Our family is very proud the Cosmosphere is in Kansas,” said Kent Sunderland, President and Trustee of the Sunderland Foundation. “We want it to continue to thrive and enrich the lives of visitors from around the world. We are especially happy to support CosmoKids and to bring STEM experiences to even the youngest Cosmosphere visitors.”

    “We are grateful for the generosity of the Sunderland Foundation Trustees and their sincere interest in Kansas,” said Remar. “Thanks to their commitment, we are more than halfway toward the goal of a revitalized Cosmosphere experience that is more relevant to visitors for generations to come.”

    For more information, please contact Cosmosphere CEO Jim Remar at jimr@cosmo.org, or call 620.665.9335.

Upcoming Events

  • Space Out Saturday: Asteroid Day!
    June 15
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  • BOGO! Buy One All-Access Mission Pass, Dad Gets in FREE!
    June 16
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  • Coffee at the Cosmo: The Greenland Impact Crater Discovery
    June 20
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  • Space Out Saturday: Asteroid Day!

    Date: Saturday, June 15, 2019 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Location:Cosmosphere Lobby

    THIS MONTH'S SUBJECT: It's Asteroid Day! What are asteroids made of? Are there any in Kansas? Young Explorers will make their own asteroid out of various materials. 

    Family day at the Cosmosphere with free programming for kids – from little tikes to grade school. Join us every third Saturday for our FREE kid-friendly, fun and educational Space Out Saturday! Plus: Don't miss our guided tours at 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm.* (*Hall of Space admission required. Reno County residents are FREE.)

    INNOVATOR'S WORKSHOP (LOBBY)
    10:00 am – 1:00 pm

    Open to all, recommended for ages 5-10
    Unique, fun, and educational experiences! Explore science, technology, engineering, and math with exciting hands-on demonstrations and activities.

    STORYTIME (LOBBY)
    11:00 am

    Open to all, recommended for ages 5 years or younger
    Excitement ensues with this fun and educational storytime!

    SPACE TREK* (LOBBY)
    1:00 pm

    Open to all, recommended for ages 5-10
    Adventures await! Take a special tour designed to inspire and engage our future astronauts and engineers. (*Hall of Space admission required. Reno County residents are FREE.)

    SPACE OUT SATURDAYS ARE OFFERED EVERY 3RD SATURDAY AT THE COSMOSPHERE, AND ARE FREE TO THE PUBLIC.

  • BOGO! Buy One All-Access Mission Pass, Dad Gets in FREE!

    Date: Sunday, June 16, 2019 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Location:Cosmosphere

    DAD: YOU ARE OUR UNIVERSE.

    On Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16, BOGO! Buy one All-Access Mission Pass, Dad gets in FREE! Make a day of it! Bring Dad to see a documentary in the Carey Digital Dome Theater, a planetarium show, Dr. Goddard's lab and the Hall of Space Museum. 

  • Coffee at the Cosmo: The Greenland Impact Crater Discovery

    Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Location:Cosmosphere Banquet Room

    Offered every Third Thursday from 9:00 - 10:00 am, this enriching continuing education program for life-long learners features entertaining, insightful presentations by Cosmosphere staff and visiting professionals who are experts in a variety of topics related to science and space. Free to the public, coffee and pastries are provided. Watch cosmo.org for topics.

    Enjoy this free presentation: "The Greenland Impact Crater Discovery," by special guest presenter, John Paden, Associate Scientist, Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS), Kansas University.

    Kansas University radar systems measure the ice thickness of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets and these data lead to the discovery of a large impact crater beneath the ice in northwest Greenland. Dr. Paden will present about the radar systems used to map the crater, how the crater was discovered and verified, and discuss the ongoing work to understand how the ice sheet affected the impact and the next steps to improve the dating of the impact crater.

    *Coffee at the Cosmo topics and speakers are subject to change.

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