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APOLLO 11: First Steps Edition Now Playing @ Challenger Learning Center
Dec 13 – Dec 31 all-day

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.

Home School Days – ‘Tis the Season @ Challenger Learning Center
Dec 13 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Limited K-2: Brrr! In celebration of the winter solstice, make snow, create a winter tree craft with your handprint, make a diorama of the four seasons and more.
3-4: It’s a winter wonderland! Learn about the seasons, craft a snowy tree with bubble wrap, see a planetarium show about the seasons and more.
Limited 5-8: Let it snow! Learn about the winter solstice, create bookmarks with laminated plant materials, make a snowstorm in a jar, design a model of the seasons and more.

SCIturdays – Winter Wonderland @ Challenger Learning Center
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

2 PROGRAM TIMES: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Ages 10 and under
Let it snow! Make a snowman out of shredded paper, discover the science of snowflakes, explore how birds walk in the snow and more.

Star Wars Science Day Camp @ Challenger Learning Center
Dec 23 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

K-1: Use the force as you participate in Jedi Training, make your own lightsaber and Yoda ears

2-3: Code in a Star Wars galaxy with Rey & BB8, explore engineering and simple machines to design and build an Ewok catapult and Millennium Falcon.

4-5: Stay on target and design a droid with recyclables, use Sphero bots to compete in a BB-8 Coding Challenge and engineer a lightsaber.

Robo Tech Day Camp @ Challenger Learning Center
Dec 27 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

K-1: Build and program a robot with LEGO WeDo 1.0, design a robot helmet, and explore the future of robotics in the IMAX film, Robots 3D.

2-3: Code an Ozobot to conduct a beach clean-up, challenge with fellow campers in a WeDo 2.0 LEGO competition, and watch Robots 3D in the IMAX Theatre.

4-5: Tinker and innovate your way to make a Wigglebot, engineer and build an articulated grabber and program Dash robots to play games and compete in challenges.

Free Planetarium Show – December Skies Over Tallahassee @ Challenger Learning Center
Dec 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

“Monthly Skies over Tallahassee” is created and presented by the Tallahassee Astronomical Society (TAS). The monthly sky over Tallahassee will be reviewed including prominent constellations, stars and planet positions. Audience interaction includes two holds for questions and a “sky test” of the evening sky.

Arrive early as there are only 128 planetarium seats. However, “Monthly Skies over Tallahassee” will be repeated at 11:00 a.m. for a reduced planetarium price of $3.00 for both children or adults and free for Challenger members.

“Monthly Skies over Tallahassee” is also included in the planetarium show schedule at the regular price including the first Wednesday of the month at 2:00 p.m.

SCIturdays – Movie Magic @ Challenger Learning Center
Dec 28 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

2 PROGRAM TIMES: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Ages 9-99
3, 2, 1….action! Direct and produce a science fantasy short film, make props such as glow stick light-sabers and miniature spacecrafts, use green screen technology and more.

Artemis Academy Day Camp @ Challenger Learning Center
Dec 30 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

K-1: NASA and Camp Challenger are going back to the moon! Campers will conduct the new Moon Explorer mission in our simulator, design a moon rover, and create their own Artemis ID badges.

2-3: Campers will explore the moon via augmented reality, create a tin foil model of the moon to learn about the different crater types and design a launch abort vehicle to keep our astronauts safe.

4-5: It is the next best thing to being there. Students will explore the surface of the moon through simulated rover and virtual reality. They will also engineer a heavy lift vehicle for the Space Launch System.

Leap Into the New Year Day Camp @ Challenger Learning Center
Jan 2 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

K-1: Leap into learning by exploring the science of leaping, learning about the animals that leap and participating in a leap day obstacle course.

2-3: 29 is the magic number for the leap year scavenger hunt and leap day time capsule. Explore the science of leaping and create a frog catapult.

4-5: Make the most of the 2020 leap year by travelling the world with Dash the robot. Learn the astronomical science of the leap year in our planetarium and the physical science by participating in a frog origami leaping challenge.

LEGO Live & Learn Day Camp @ Challenger Learning Center
Jan 3 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

K-1: This day is all about the bricks! Campers will make slime, helmets, heads, and zip lines with every kid’s favorite colorful toy.

2-3: We can build anything with LEGOs including a marble maze, balloon car and robots with WeDos.

4-5: Explore the world of engineering and architecture with LEGOs by creating giant formations, spinning tops and chain reactions.