Explore space while keeping your feet on the ground at the new
Planet Explorers exhibit at Adler Planetarium. The interactive
exhibit, which opens March 26, is designed for kids age 3-8 and
While the planetarium has always worked to make the complex
topics of space understandable to kids, this is the first time an
exhibit is geared just toward kids, says Karen Carney, director of
exhibits and programs.
Exhibit explorations begin with a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired
house where kids learn what they need to survive on earth, such as
a home, a bathroom and food to eat.
In Mission Control, kids pretend they're members of the ground
team that helps send astronauts into space. Kids can also enter a
two-story rocket cockpit, where they're surrounded by buttons and
lights and even learn how astronauts eat and use the space toilet.
In the Surface Expedition, they can explore life on Planet X.
The goal of the exhibit is to make connections between space and
home, says Carney. "I want them to go home and start
investigating," she says. "We're threading through, 'Here's what
it's like in space, what's it like in your home?' What's my
relationship with the air around me?"
Planet Explorers is included in the price of general admission:
$10, $8 resident adults, $6 kids 3-14, $5 resident kids, free kids
2 and under. The exhibit area is wheelchair accessible and the
touch and interactive elements are designed to accommodate children
of all abilities.
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