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July 16, 2019

How to Celebrate the Apollo 11 Moon Landing Anniversary in Tampa Bay

By Laura Byrne

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing! There are plenty of celebrations planned for the big day on Saturday, July 20th and the days leading up to the anniversary, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding one near your family’s home!

Here are some great ways to celebrate this historic moon landing with the kids in Tampa Bay:

MOSI One Small Step exhibit

  1. Head to MOSI and explore the ‘One Small Step’ exhibit which takes you through the speech by John F. Kennedy declaring we’d go to the moon to the launch, and landing on the lunar surface. There are also plenty of hands on activities to bring you into the present where you can build a paper rocket and see how far it will fly or control a roving vehicle! MOSI also has several days of activities and special events scheduled over the next few days!Glazer Children's Museum Moon Landing Snoopy in Space
  2. Plan to spend July 20th, the day of the moon landing at Glazer Children’s Museum with your little ones for the Peanuts in Space Celebration! Did you know that Snoopy creator Charles M. Schulz allowed NASA to use the beloved character on its safety materials. Snoopy has since appeared on numerous NASA posters, stickers, and pins.  There will be special activities planned like an interstellar story time, space food tasting, kids can make a rover, planet bracelets and more!  Great Explorations Children’s Museum in St. Petersburg is also planning special activities to celebrate.
    Nicole Stott astronaut and Clearwater High graduate
    Nicole Stott. (Photo by NASA)

    3. Share some cool local facts connecting our home Tampa Bay to the space program! Did you know a few astronauts attended school here in Tampa Bay, including Nicole Stott who graduated from Clearwater High School? Former TV journalist Grayson Kamm, who covered the space program, shares some more cool facts here! apollo 11 celebrations at the library

    4. Celebrate at your local library during A Universe of Stories this summer-this link will take you to Hillsborough County’s eventsThere are so many fun activities planned throughout the summer and incentives to read. Library systems across our area are participating with each planning something a bit different, so be sure to check your neighborhood library’s schedule! The Pinellas Public Library system has a few Lunar Landing Parties planned on July 20th. You can click here to learn more about what’s going on in Pasco County!

    Apollo 11 Moon Landing
    Astronaut Buzz Aldrin walks on the surface of the moon near the leg of the lunar module Eagle during the Apollo 11 mission. Mission commander Neil Armstrong took this photograph with a 70mm lunar surface camera. While astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin explored the Sea of Tranquility region of the moon, astronaut Michael Collin remained with the command and service modules in lunar orbit.(Photo credit: NASA)

    5. Stay home and browse NASA’s incredible image gallery and relive the day! NASA has compiled images for you and the kids to explore and learn, whether it’s more about the Apollo 11 moon landing or exploration today…there are so many fascinating and awe inspiring images to view!

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