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Experience the “out-of-this-world” moment (literally) when the United States of America achieved exploration greatness with APOLLO 11: First Steps Edition. Boasting “how far and how fast we have come,” as a nation, during a time where traveling to the moon was unthinkable, the brilliantly curated film pilots the audience through the lunar landing journey of avid preparation, anxious lift off and triumphant return. APOLLO 11 was made specifically for a giant screen at museums and science centers, offering an exclusive take into “the greatest and most complex exploration in Man’s history.”
Featuring a newly-discovered trove of never-before-seen 70 mm footage and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, the film offers a distinctive feature from the documentary genre, without narration. Here, the alluring nature of IMAX and unclassified audio recordings speak for themselves, even in its moments of restless silence. APOLLO 11 showcases the raw reality of humanity’s greatest achievements as the first to put men on the moon.
The 47 minute IMAX experience, APOLLO 11: First Steps Edition, excites family and friends of all ages to experience an American triumph at an affordable price. Offering tickets between $6-8, purchases support the Challenger Learning Center’s community outreach and educational programming. APOLLO 11: First Steps Edition is sponsored locally in part through the Council on Culture and Arts’ Cultural Grant Program, funded by the City of Tallahassee and Leon County.
Professor Munir Humayun will discuss his plan for 100% Renewable Energy Strategy for Tallahassee. This free event will be held at the LeRoy Collins Main Library, Room A, at 6:30 PM. He is a professor in the Dept of Earth, Ocean, and atmospheric science & National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University.
FULL K-2: Celebrate the butterfly! Create antennae headbands, plant milkweed seeds in a compostable holder, experience Flight of the Butterflies in IMAX 3D and more.
3-4: Spread your wings! Make a butterfly with jumbo popsicle sticks, study the butterfly life cycle, plant milkweed seeds, experience Flight of the Butterflies in IMAX 3D and more.
5-8: Calling all explorers! Map insect migration patterns, plant milkweed seeds, discover the importance of St. Marks, experience Flight of the Butterflies in IMAX 3D and more.
Recommended for ages 4-9; ages 6 & under require a paid accompanying adult
Trick or treat! Celebrate Halloween aboard the spacecraft simulator. Have some wicked fun on this spooky mission to space. Costumes encouraged!
FULL K-2: Become a moon explorer! Take flight in the space mission simulator, see Fly me to the Moon in the planetarium, celebrate NASA’s 2024 Artemis moon landing mission and more.
Limited 3-4: Celebrate Apollo! Become an astronaut in the space mission simulator in recognition of the Apollo 12 anniversary, build a model of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) and more.
FULL 5-8: Blastoff! Fly back to the moon in a mission simulation, see Apollo 11: First Steps Edition in IMAX, build a lunar lander and more in acknowledgement of NASA’s 2024 moon mission.
Recommended for 4th grade & up; under 4th grade requires a paid accompanying adult
For the first time since 1972, a crew of astronauts is returning to the Moon. Their mission is to establish a permanent base for Earth observation and determine whether off-Earth settlements are possible. Teams work together and ensure a safe lunar arrival. Sponsored locally by Shell.
Adults 21+ only
Search for life on Mars this Valentine’s Day in the space mission simulator! Register as a team of two and enjoy champagne, light hors d’oeuvre and chocolate on a mission to Mars. $20 upcharge per person.
Recommended for grades 6 & up; under 4th grade requires a paid accompanying adult
Set in the future when humans have established mission control on the Martian Moon Phobos, spacecraft astronauts are on a mission to the surface of Mars to search evidence of life. They find themselves in a high-risk situation and must work together to complete the mission.