Sunday, October 30, 2011

Field Trip #1 - Planetarium

One of the things that appealed to me the most about homeschooling was to be able to take Cody on field trips. We live in Northern Virginia, which of course means that we're surrounded by history and lots of field trip opportunities. Cody is still a bit young for some of the things that I want to take him to, but I'm hoping that our path will continue to lead us to homeschooling, and I can take him to see these things in the future.

Our very first field trip was with our homeschool group to Hylton High School Planetarium.

Growing up I went to a planetarium once, in 3rd grade.  This is sad considering that the highschool I graduated from had their own planetarium!  

Cody and I both loved the program!  It was targeted toward the K-3 crowd, so there wasn't a ton of information about the constellations, but it was a nice introduction to it.  The teacher, Mr. Kilgore, was great with the kids and fun to listen to.  They learned how to find the Big Dipper and the North Star, and then learned the story of Perseus and Andromeda.  Following that part of the program, they showed part of a laser show, and a preview of their Fright Light program that they show every Friday night in October. 

Hylton's Planetarium is the most technilogically advanced planetarium within a 600 mile radius of us!

The Friday night shows are open to the public, and the themes change seasonally.  I am looking forward to taking Cody to one of these.  Tickets are $10 per person, all ages, and the planetarium seats 65 people.  A schedule and more information can be found here.

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