Of Food and Love: jupiter observatory
by Mommy Hobbies
In my napsack stash
Saturday was an amazing, amazing family day. We shot over to a town an hour away so we could eat Chipotle. Yes, I am just that crazy. The hubster was game and we brought along a good friend. (not to mention there was an Urban Outfitters there!! pshhyeah!)
We rolled back into our town almost 5 hours later, stuffed, happy and tired. Took naps then headed out again for the most wonderful little family outing at the University’s observatory.
They started out the evening with songs for the kids. Stars, planets, dreams…all the stuff kids are made of.
Then we went up the old observatory’s steps and gaped at the largest telescope, ever. I was put there some 130 years ago. Fantastic piece of history!(now, I know there are bigger ones but I’ve never seen them in real life so this was pretty awesome)
On our way up the steps we admired all of the cool murals.
Can I tell you that peering through the eye piece and seeing Jupiter on the other end was breathtaking…nothing short of…
I’ve seen pictures in National Geographic and in documentaries, but to see it with my own eyes is a completely different experience. Every shade and line were just like the pictures! I took forever. My eye pressed lightly against the scope and I let my mind wander. How small we are. We’re millions of miles away from this planet and yet, here I am in Central Pa staring at it like it’s across the field or something.
Cylas and Roma were equally excited. We don’t spend too much time talking about the planets, but they’re both familiar because we’ve read books and Cylas has all the planets hanging from the ceiling above his bed.
The observatory also had a deck outside where students stood by ready to help you get a gander at the moon and a different perspective of Jupiter. The wind was cruel that night and I was extremely grateful when we finally stepped back inside and took part of the last project of the night: making a Jupiter mobile! Sixteen moons has the “King Of The Planets”, but only four were part of the craft project.
Did I mention this whole adventure was free? Yes. Free. And the kids have memories to last a life time.
Get in touch with your local university, find out what programs they offer for families and take part! You’re opening your children up to a whole new world (literally) and feeding their love for knowledge.
Cy can’t wait to take his Jupiter mobile to school for show and tell.