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Summer Family Science Fun

This article appeared in the August 17, 2018 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

Summer Family Science Fun

Visitors at the Perseid Meteor Shower Viewing line up for a turn at the telescope. Photo by Sheila Allen.


By Lisa Justice

Special to the Enterprise


Last Sunday nearly 400 stargazers joined Explorit Science Center and the Davis Astronomy Club to catch the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower at our viewing party. Clearing skies and an early setting moon made for optimal viewing conditions out at Fairfield Elementary School on County Road 96.


The evening began with hands-on astronomy activities and a safe solar viewing, courtesy of the Davis Astronomy Club. Then, as darkness fell, the heavenly show began with the occasional exclamation of “Ooh,” and “Ah!” from the crowd as meteors streaked across the sky.


If you missed this fun-filled event, never fear. The Perseid Meteor Shower will continue in the night sky through August 24, and will return again next summer.


Plus, there are still two fun family science events coming up with Explorit this summer. On Saturday, August 18, 6:30-8:00 p.m. one of Explorit’s flagship traveling programs comes home for a very special night of science in our museum. Explorit’s traveling Family Science Nights visit scores of schools in dozens of Northern and Central California counties each year. 


You can catch it in Explorit’s museum gallery--dozens of hands-on science activities supporting the Next Generation Science Standards and rarely seen in our museum. This event is $5 for members, $7 for non-members, children 2 and under are free.


And that’s not all! The fun will continue into September with our Summer Science (Family) Celebration on Saturday, September 8, 5:00-8:00 p.m. Meet live animals from Lindsay Wildlife Experience, catch the U.C. Davis Chemistry show, and much more. This event is $5 for members, $7 for non-members, children 2 and under are free.



Explorit’s coming events:


●      Visit our Feathers exhibition! Explorit’sExploration Gallery is open to the public every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m.  Admission is $5.00 per person; Explorit members, teachers and children 2 and under are free.

●      Consider a donation to Explorit. Now more than ever, we need science education. Your donations help Explorit serve our community with exhibits, activities and educational outreach programs in 15 surrounding counties. Sponsor a program or summer camp scholarships by making a gift at, or call us for more details.

●      Be an informal science educator for a day! Explorit is looking for volunteers to accompany our educators into classrooms during the day and assist with presenting hands-on science to school children. If this sounds like you, please fill out a volunteer application at



Explorit Science Center is located at 3141 5th St. For more information call (530) 756-0191 or visit, or “like” us on Facebook at


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