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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

  • Apollo 50th Anniversary Celebration
    May 1 – August 31
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  • Smithsonian Channel Documentary Screening: “The Day We Walked on the Moon”
    July 20 –
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  • Guided Docent Tours Through Hall of Space Museum*
    July 20 –
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  • Apollo 50th Anniversary Celebration

    Date: Wednesday, May 01, 2019
    Location:Cosmosphere

     

    CHECK OUT ALL THE FUN APOLLO 11-RELATED ACTIVITIESGOING ON THROUGHOUT THE COSMOSPHERE:

    APOLLO 11 SCAVENGER HUNTPick up the Apollo 11 artifact list at the Box Office, and see how many artifacts you can find throughout the Cosmosphere, or download here.

    APOLLO 11 CELEBRATION WALLFind activity sheets for children and adults at the Information Desk. Fill out your sheet and drop it at the Box Office for display on our Apollo 11 Celebration Wall.

    APOLLO 11 SELFIE STATIONTake a selfie “on the Moon” with our lifesize photo opportunity in the Grand Lobby. 

    “WE CHOOSE TO GO TO THE MOON” EXHIBITThis celebration of the Moon exhibit is on display in our museum rotunda area, near the Cosmosphere Cafe. 

    APOLLO REDUX TRAVELING EXHIBITExperience this new, interactive traveling exhibit with an authentic Apollo-era Mission Control back room console in the Our Universe Gallery. Designed and built by the Cosmosphere, this exhibit was funded by the NASA TEAM II Grant. Find out more about this traveling exhibit here

    APOLLO 11: FIRST STEPS EDITION DOCUMENTARYIn observance of the 50th anniversary of NASA’s celebrated Apollo 11 mission, APOLLO 11: First Steps Edition is a thrilling cinematic experience that showcases the real-life moments of humankind’s first steps on the Moon. Check out the trailer here. Go here for tickets. 

    APOLLO 11 SOUVENIRSDrop by the Cosmosphere’s Gift Store for Apollo 11 gifts, or shop online!


    APOLLO 11 ANNIVERSARY WEEK: JULY 15-20

    Events are subject to change. Check back here for updates.

    MONDAY, JULY 15
    6:00-8:45 PM
    JUSTICE PLANETARIUM
    $5.00 +tax

    PRESENTATION AND BOOKSIGNING BY AUTHOR, RICK HOUSTON, ALONG WITH A SPECIAL SCREENING OF "MISSION CONTROL: THE UNSUNG HEROES OF APOLLO"

    Meet co-author of the book, "Go, Flight! The Unsung Heroes of Mission Control," Rick Houston. Along with his writing duties, Rick has also served as an associate protducer and consultant to the documentary film "Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo" and as a technical advisor and extra in the hit movie "First Man" about legendary Apollo 11 moonwalker Neil Armstrong. 

    Purchase a copy of Houston’s book: “Go Flight, The Unsung Heroes of Apollo” in the Cosmosphere Gift Store or online and receive a coupon for FREE popcorn and soda to enjoy during the event. 

    Seating is limited! Tickets to this event are $5 plus tax and can be purchased beginning July 1, by calling the Cosmosphere Box Office at 620.665.9312. 

    TUESDAY, JULY 16
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM / GRAND LOBBY
    FREE TO THE PUBLIC

    U.S. SPACE AND ROCKET CENTER – GLOBAL LAUNCH WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT

    Help the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL, attempt a world-record for most rockets launched in a day! Visitors can help set the record by making and launching paper stomp rockets in the Cosmosphere lobby. Don’t forget to sign the tally sheet so we can keep track! Find out more at their website

    TUESDAY, JULY 16
    6:30 PM / DISCOVERY CLASSROOM
    FREE TO THE PUBLIC

    YOU ARE THERE...MAN ON THE MOON PRESENTATION

    On July 20, 1969, 600 million people huddled around remote-less television sets across the world to catch a glimpse of “Mankind’s Greatest Adventure”—landing humans on the Moon! Transport yourself to that historic moment with this presentation. It will feature authentic video clips from the CBS news coverage with Walter Cronkite and Wally Schirra, grainy black and white images transmitted from the Moon’s surface and animated simulations of the Apollo 11 mission. Presented by Paul Lytle, a Building Systems Engineer at Wichita State University, a lifelong space and history enthusiast, and longtime Cosmosphere volunteer and member.

    WEDNESDAY, JULY 17
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    HUTCH REC'S COFFEE AND CONVERSATION: WE CHOOSE TO GO TO THE MOON
    PLEASE NOTE LOCATION: HUTCH REC SENIOR CENTER AT ELMDALE PARK, 
    400 E. Ave. E, Hutchinson, KS 67501 

    For adults ages 60 and older. Cost is $4.00 for non-members of Hutch Rec Senior Center. Enjoy this special presentation, We Choose to Go to the Moon, by Cosmosphere curator, Shannon Whetzel. Lunch is served at noon after the presentation.

    THURSDAY, JULY 18
    9:00 - 10:00 AM / DISCOVERY CLASSROOM
    FREE TO THE PUBLIC

    COFFEE AT THE COSMO: WE CHOOSE TO GO TO THE MOON 

    Enjoy this free presentation, We Choose to Go to the Moon: Why Did We Go to the Moon and What Did We Learn From It? by Cosmosphere Curator, Shannon Whetzel. View it LIVE on the Cosmosphere’s Facebook page! Coffee and pastries provided. AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION REQUEST: Wear your favorite attire from 1969!

    THURSDAY, JULY 18
    10:30 - 11:00 AM / GRAND LOBBY
    FREE TO THE PUBLIC

    OPERA KANSAS 

    Enjoy a special performance of Moon-themed popular songs from Opera Kansas in our Grand Lobby. See their website here

    SATURDAY, JULY 20
    10:00 AM - 1:00 PM / GRAND LOBBY
    FREE TO THE PUBLIC*

    SPACE OUT SATURDAY: 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF APOLLO 11

    Young explorers will learn more about the history of the Apollo 11 mission and astronaut training. Then they’ll construct a space suit from common household items and share their own “first words” from the Moon. 

    Join us every third Saturday for our FREE kid-friendly (from little tikes to grade school), fun and educational Space Out Saturday! 

    *Hall of Space admission required. Reno County residents are FREE.

    SATURDAY, JULY 20
    ON THE HOUR EVERY HOUR FROM 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    GUIDED DOCENT TOURS THROUGH HALL OF SPACE MUSEUM*

    12:00, 2:00 and 4:00 pm will be regular guided tours. 11:00 am, 1:00 and 3:00 pm tours will be Apollo 11 and Apollo-era focused. 

    *Hall of Space admission required. Reno County residents are FREE.

    SATURDAY, JULY 20
    12:00 pm and 2:00 pm
    FREE TO THE PUBLIC
    JUSTICE PLANETARIUM

    Viewing of the Smithsonian Channel's The Day We Walked on the Moon
    Documentary
    The public is invited to attend a free screening of the new Smithsonian Channel documentary, “The Day We Walked On The Moon.” This documentary, exclusively available for screening to Smithsonian-affiliated museums, tells the mission’s story through interviews with key figures in Mission Control, contemporary astronauts and the families of Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong.

    Seating for this free documentary screening is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    SATURDAY, JULY 20
    6:00 -11:30 PM / HUTCHINSON COMMUNITY COLLEGE LAWN
    FREE TO THE PUBLIC

    LANDING ON THE LAWN

    Free and open to the public, family-focused community event will be held on the Hutchinson Community College lawn. Featuring hands-on, Moon and space-themed activities from various community organizations and live science demonstrations from Cosmosphere Space Science Educators. After dark, a showing of the 1969 CBS footage of the Moon landing will be shown, followed by a screening of the new Smithsonian Channel documentary, The Day We Walked on the Moon. To wrap up the event, Cosmosphere Science Educators will host a Moon and planet observing, using a giant 16” diameter telescope. Held in conjunction with Hutchinson Community College and Hutch Rec

    Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and bug spray, and don't forget to wear your favorite attire from 1969! Check out more here.

  • Smithsonian Channel Documentary Screening: “The Day We Walked on the Moon”

    Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019
    Location:Justice Planetarium

    Seating for this free documentary screening is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    At 12:00 p.m. and 2 p.m., in the Justice Planetarium, the public is invited to attend a free screening of a new Smithsonian Channel documentary, titled “The Day We Walked On The Moon”. This documentary, exclusively available for screening to Smithsonian-affiliated museums, tells the mission’s story through interviews with key figures in Mission Control, contemporary astronauts and the families of Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong.

  • Guided Docent Tours Through Hall of Space Museum*

    Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019
    Location:Hall of Space Museum

    Docent Guided tours of Hall of Space Museum* will be offered on the hour, every hour, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. On the even hours (Noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.) visitors will be given regular guided tours. During the odd hour (11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.), tours will be Apollo 11 and Apollo-era focused.

    *Hall of Space admission required. Reno County residents are FREE.

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