Where The Science Is – FALL 2015


Hey y’all! So it has been a minute… or two… since my last post. 🙂 I hope everyone had a wonderful and adventurous summer. We had a very loose, unstructured, go-with-the-flow kind of summer around here for a change. The kids explored science and art but overall just had a good ole pool, outdoorsy, Mummy-comes-home-and-the-kids-are-all-dirty-ashy kinda of fun. I’m thinking I like the unstructured kind of summer for them… but we will see what next year holds.

However, I am happy that school is now back in session and the kids are settling into their routines. I love the sense of normalcy and sanity routines bring! …and speaking of normalcy, back to blogging! There are some fun events in the immediate future – THIS WEEKEND – so I hope you all are free! If not, no worries. There’s lots of fun stuff to report for the fall so get those calendars out!

Dulles Day Plane Pull – For those of you in the Dulles area, this is for you! The sad news is that this is taking place tomorrow, Saturday September 19. The good news is that it is FREE with tons of fun and interactive activities! Not interested in the Plane Pull competition? No problem! There will be a car show, aircrafts on display, and a kid’s zone complete with live music, bounce, and a “Dunk a Cop” dunk tank! Event will be from 11am – 4pm.

2015 Joint Base Andrews Airshow – Virginia has the Plane Pull on Saturday, Maryland has the Andrews Airshow! This is family friendly, FREE and open to all. Guests will experience aerial demonstrations and learn more about the military personnel and equipment; aircraft display and other fun activities. Gates open at 9am; the shuttle will run from 8am – 1pm.

Maker Faire Silver Spring – Brought to you by the KID Museum, this is a FREE, family-friendly event aimed to bring together Makers of all types for a spectacular display of art, science, technology, craft and engineering. If you haven’t been to KID Museum in Bethesda, MD, you should definitely check it out. Read about our experience there in my first blog post. This event is on Sunday September 20, 12 – 5pm. Super excited about this one and we will definitely be there!

Robinson Nature Center Anniversary Open House – Anyone who knows me knows this is one of my absolute favorite places to go with the kids. Located in Columbia, MD, the Robinson Nature Center is filled with little nooks and corners of science and wonder. From their bee hive, the nanotechnology exhibits, the Discovery room with a puppetry area and the planetarium… to the wooded trail and the garden filled with bees, butterflies and other little creatures, this center has lots to offer! In celebration of their 4th anniversary, their FREE open house will also be held on Sunday September 20, 12 – 5pm (Gosh darn it, right?!). There will be live animal presentations, live music­­, guided butterfly walks, face-painting, nature crafts and movies in the planetarium. Walk the trails with naturalists, explore the exhibits, and play in the Discovery Room. This promises to be a FUN filled day! But Decisions, Decisions! Which one will you choose?

Virginia Science Festival NCR – The National Capital Region’s Maker’s Festival will be held at Virginia Tech on September 26, 10am – 4pm. Lots of hands-on experiences, live performances, and interactive demonstrations that will inspire a wonder in science for all ages! This festival is actually part of the statewide Virginia Science Festival that runs from September 25 to October 30. Check the Virginia Science Festival for other STEM events in that area.

Innovation Festival – To be held on September 26 and 27, 10am – 5pm, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will host an innovation festival – a collaboration between the Smithsonian and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The festival will provide visitors with the opportunity to learn about the patent and intellectual property systems and how they support invention and innovation. FREEEEE and appropriate for all ages!

Magical Monarch Butterfly Tea Party – Science and tea parties?! Yes please! So this event is organized by the Robinson Nature Center and let me tell you, it is absolutely delightful! I have attended these tea parties with my daughter several times, and I am really looking forward to this one especially because she is currently learning about monarch butterflies in school. The center usually has two or three a year with different themes; the last one was in July and was all about bees. It was super informative and cute at the same time. I learned quite a bit about bees myself and was so bummed I forgot my camera. This time I won’t! Enjoy a butterfly program in which you learn about the beautiful monarchs that migrate through our area in the fall. Followed by a butterfly-themed craft activity and a catered sit-down tea service by Sweet Simplici-Tea tea room, this is one not to miss! Fee for the party is $45 for one parent and child, $20 per additional adult/child. Last time I checked there were only 4 openings left! Registration required. Don’t wait too long if interested.

Total Lunar Eclipse – Join the Maryland Science Center staff in the Observatory to see a total lunar eclipse. The Full Moon on September 27 will be totally eclipsed by the shadow of the Earth. The partial phase begins at 9:07 p.m., totality is from 10:11-11:24 p.m. Viewing at MSC’s Crosby Ramsey Memorial Observatory from 9:00 pm-midnight, weather permitting. …and it is FREEEEEE!!!

Scope Out the Night Sky – Another Robinson Nature Center event! I told you I love that place. 🙂 October 3, 6:30pm – 9:30pm, the Maryland Science Center and Robinson Nature Center jointly present this exciting, family-focused astronomy event! Enjoy a planetarium program, build your very own Galileoscope, hold a meteorite and take a tour of the sky outside with professional and amateur guides. Each family takes home one Galileoscope and all participants receive a star map. This one is for ages 8 and up. $24 per family (up to 5 participants). 32 openings left as of last check.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Innovators in Aviation and Space – at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC on October 3, 10am – 3pm. This FREE event celebrates the contributions of Latinos to aviation and space exploration. Learn about early aviators from the last century who took great risks flying the first planes and breaking records. Meet current Hispanic scientists and engineers. This is a great opportunity to learn about other cultural groups’ contributions to science!

Brick Fest Live – This is one to get excited about! Held November 14 – 15 in Timonium, MD, Brick Fest Live was created to inspire, educate and entertain using LEGOS! From simple Legos to coding and robotics, this event has it all! Tons of creative and innovative fun to be had. Get you mind ready and learn more about it here. Tickets are $25. Also, check out the website for Brick Fest Live in your city!

So that is all I have for now. Looks like the weekend of September 26 – 27 is chuck full of fun things to do and see. Which one will you choose?! Drop me a note on Twitter or FB and let me know what you decided on. If you haven’t already, follow me on Twitter and FB because I do post events and information about science competitions and so much more on social media.

Until next time, enjoy all that Fall has to offer! Science and Foliage awaits! 🙂

*Photo credit – http://www.earthgauge.net/2014/observing-fall


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