On Sunday, it will be 45 years since astronaut Neil Armstrong first stepped on the surface of the moon, and Da Vinci Science Center is celebrating the anniversary with visits by two former astronauts, video of the original moon landing and other special events.
From noon-4 p.m. Sunday, visitors can learn about the "hopping" spacecraft being developed by the Lehigh University Hopper Project team that could replace NASA's "rover" crafts; meet MoonMan, the center's Space mascot and explore "Space: A Journey to Our Future," the summer exhibit that was created in cooperation with NASA.
Former astronaut Terry Hart, who orbited the Earth on the Challenger space shuttle in 1984 and is now a professor of mechanical engineering at Lehigh University, will talk about his experiences and answer questions at 1:30 p.m.
Former astronaut Guion Bluford, who flew on four space flights and was the first African-American in space, will talk and answer questions via Skype at 2:30 p.m. Bluford, a Philadelphia native orbited the Earth on the Challenger space shuttle in 1983 and 1985, and on the Discovery space shuttle in 1991 and 1992.
Video of news footage from the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969, will be shown at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
"Space," which drew 3.8 million to Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, features interactive exhibits and state-of-the-art projection and audio technology. It will be at the Allentown museum through Sept. 7.
Families can walk through a full-size space habitat and work pod and explore a future lunar base camp, ride a bicycle-powered centrifuge and experience the physiological challenges of space flight, touch rocks from the moon and Mars and see a wide range of artifacts from space flights.
Admission to the center is $19.95, adults; $16.95, 12 and under and seniors.
Info: 484-664-1002, http://www.davincisciencecenter.org
'Shakespeare for Kids'
Back for its sixth incarnation, "Shakespeare for Kids" and its trio of players — plus Shobot, the Shakespearean robot — tackle the Scottish play "MacBeth."
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's live production, on stage at DeSales University Wednesday through Aug. 2, helps children ages 4 to 10 understand Shakespeare's plays. This yaer the focus is on Shakespeare's tragedy, which is also being produced is on the festival's main stage through Aug. 3.
In the hour-long show, Brandon Edward Burton, Andrew Goebel and Emily Humphreys will help kids understand Shakespeare's language as well as the themes and story of "Macbeth" with the help of sock puppets and Shobot, played by Leo Bond.
Written by Erin Sheffield and directed by Matt Pfeiffer, S4K, as it's is affectionately known, also generates laughs with interactive things like the Shakespearean hokey pokey.
Tickets are $9.50, ages 3-12, and $10.50, adults.
Info: 610-282-9455, http://www.pashakespeare.org