Burpee Museum program explores ‘Moon Day’ July 26

From press release

Children are invited to “Exploration Monday: Moon Day” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, July 26, at Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St., Rockford. This is a drop-in program—learn some fun facts, see special items from Burpee’s collection and make a “make & take” project.

July 26, 1969, at 3:55 p.m., a “rock box” containing rocks that Apollo 11 astronauts brought back from the moon was first opened. Learn more about what scientists discovered.

Museum admission is free/donation; cost of this program is $3 per child to participate. Free participation is offered for the first 30 Rockford Public School District 205 students who bring a picture they have drawn or a short piece they have written about the moon.

Celebrate the full moon of July by taking part in Moon Day at Burpee’s Exploration Monday! There are lots of crafts to complete, and kids will discover many interesting facts about the moon. Participants will learn the phases of the moon. You will find your weight on the moon as well as create craters just like those on the moon. Additional crafts include making moon sand, a moon kinescope, a moon book, a moon mask, moon painting, and a moon rock. Crafts are for the smallest to the oldest.

In the wigwam, representatives of the Native American Awareness Committee of Rockford will be telling stories. You can pretend to be a little child living under the full moon and listening to stories long ago before you fell asleep.

Artist Melinda Peterson Fluait will be at Burpee also that day for “Draw with Melinda.” Children will create their own silhouette on the face of a full moon.

Fun facts

→ Countries near the equator see the crescent moon shaped like a smile.

→ It takes the moon about 29.5 days to completely cycle through all eight phases. This is known as a lunar month.

→ The moon phases are produced by the alignment of the moon and the sun in the sky.

→ The moon is lit because it reflects the light from the sun.

→ The part facing the sun is lit, while the part facing away from the sun is dark.

For more information, call Burpee Museum at (815) 965-3433.

From the July 21-27, 2010 issue

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