Starry Eyed Star Gazing

Posted Thursday, April 26th, 2012


Twinkle, twinkle, little star – grab the kids and load the car!


For a great place for stargazing with your kids, head to one of the popular public star parties hosted monthly at L.A.’s historic Griffith Observatory. The next one’s this Saturday, April 20, from 2 – 9:45 p.m.


With help from the Los Angeles Astronomical Society and the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers, the outdoor event gives kids and grown-ups the chance to stargaze through high-powered telescopes to inspect the sun, moon, planets and other heavenly objects. The best part is that both amateur and professional astronomers roam through the crowd to answer questions and dole out fascinating facts.


Can’t make it this weekend? Catch another stargazing party on May 18, June 15, July 13, August 17, September 14, October 12, November 9 or December 7.


Built in 1935 on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood, and renovated in 2006 to the tune of $93 million, the observatory’s mission is to inspire all of us to observe, ponder and understand the sky. Admission’s always free, and the observatory building and grounds are open Tuesday-Friday from noon – 10 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.


Click here for directions, and click here for a few fun-and-educational suggestions on what to check out with your kids while you’re there.

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