April Activities At Powerhouse

April is Global Astronomy Month and we are rolling out some amazing new programs to celebrate the cosmos.

Outside on our grounds we are excited to debut the Powerhouse Planet Walk on April 13. On this walk the entire Solar System will be scaled down so the Sun could fit in the palm of your hand. The path you travel to reach all of the planets winds around our grounds and ends at our planetarium door.

Inside in Design Lab we have hands-on earth and space science experiments that explore real-world science, like using infrared light to measure the temperature of objects.

With longer days and warmer weather it is the perfect time of year to pack a lunch and enjoy it outside at our picnic tables. Our 13 acre nature area is blooming and buzzing!


APRIL 6 | DIY MICROSCOPE | 9:30AM-10:30AM
From the cells of an onion, to the surface of a penny, microscopes allow us to see the tiny details of everyday objects. Come to this Family Workshop and learn how to turn your smartphone camera into a microscope. Afterwards, take it home and use it to explore the world around you!

APRIL 13 | SCIENCE STORYTIME | 11:00AM
Join us for storytime in Nature Discovery and  take an  illuminating ride through the starry night sky with National Geographic’s Zoo in the Sky by Jacqueline Mitton. Afterwards, create your own sticker constellations.

APRIL 13-20 | SCIENCE IN THE STARS
Calling all space explorers! We are celebrating the Science In The Stars for spring break. Come in for these special programs:

Selfie Constellations | 12:00PM-4:00PM
Create a life-sized constellation of yourself to take home using black paper, star points, and a little creativity.

Planetarium
Join us for a special star-themed planetarium show that runs at 3:00PM each weekday (weekend show times will remain the same)

3-D Constellation
The stars appear to be a flat image in the sky, but appearances can be deceiving. Our 3-D model of the Big Dipper will show you a familiar picture when looked at from “Earth”, but what will happen when you change directions?

Earth & Space Exploration Stations | 12:00PM-4:00PM
In Design Lab we will have hands-on experiments that are based on NASA research, including:

  • Filtered Light: Most objects in the universe are so distant from us that we can only study them through light. Learn how scientists use telescopes and other tools to capture and filter different energies of light to study the universe. Come experience how colored filters can help reveal more about an image.
  • Temperature Mapping: Use infrared light to measure the temperature of an object without having to touch it! This is similar to the technology Landsat satellites use to measure land temperatures.
  • Expanding Universe: Pull at the edges of a stretchy model of the universe and see how the space between objects expands. Even though it appears from our perspective that we’re in the center of the universe, there is in fact no center of the universe!

Planet Walk | Opening April 13
Fly through the Solar System without ever leaving the Earth! In our Planet Walk we have taken the Solar System and shrunk it down to fit outside on our grounds. Follow the signs along the path to reach all of the planets and end at the Planetarium, where you can catch a show every weekend!

APRIL 20 |TOT PLANETARIUM | 11:00AM
Join us for a family-friendly planetarium show geared for young explorers. Our tot planetarium will cover the basics of space travel, a view of the night’s sky, and the chance to touch a real meteorite! This program is FREE with admission but seating is limited. Please arrive early to reserve a seat.

APRIL 20 |BIRTHDAY PARTY OPEN HOUSE | 12:00PM-3:00PM
Looking for a new way to celebrate your child’s birthday? Look no further! Powerhouse Science Center offers a unique science-themed experience for your child’s special day. Stop by and discover how Powerhouse Science Center parties are fun and exciting for your guests and easy on you! Join us for a FREE Birthday Party Open House where you can see examples of our science-themed party packages. Our Birthday Party Coordinator will also be available to answer any of your party planning questions. CLICK HERE to RSVP.

APRIL 27 |CREATE & TAKE: TREE COOKIES | 10:00AM-11:30AM
Tree cookies are a cross section of a tree trunk. Each layer can give us clues about the tree’s life. Come to April’s Create & Take to learn about the stories tree cookies tell and make your own tree cookie necklace. Afterwards, head outside to explore the trees on our grounds through a self-guided nature walk.

APRIL 28 |POWERHOUSE BIOBLITZ | 10:00AM-11:00AM
Help Sacramento win the City Nature Challenge! This event is a fun outdoor nature observation challenge where participants add data to an app that scientists will later use for their research. Join us for an hour-long Bioblitz where we will explore our grounds for plants and animals to add to your iNaturalist account. If you have not used the app before, we will get you started. Assistance in identifying your finds is available. Binoculars and hand lenses are available to checkout.

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