Leap to These Apollo 11 Anniversary Celebrations!


We’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing! Mark these lunar landing celebrations on your calendar, you don’t want to miss them!


July 13-24 | Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey

The Columbia Memorial Space Center is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing with a menu of programs and events.

July 13: Apollo 11 Exhibit Opens
View the newest exhibit about the Apollo 11 program on display at the Columbia Memorial Space Center. The exhibit highlights the important contributions that Southern California made to getting us to the moon!

July 15-19 and 22-26: Apollo Summer Camp
Campers ages 9-14 will celebrate the Apollo Moon landing by delving into a full week of Apollo engineering at the Space Center! Register for camp here.

July 16: Rocket Launch Day
Celebrate the rockets that took us to the Moon as CMSC joins the US Space and Rocket Center in setting the world record for most rockets launched in one day! Rocket launches will take place at the Discovery Sports Complex adjacent to the Space Center.

July 17: Space Flash!
A collection of short plays. Performances are scheduled in the evening.

July 18-21: Apollo at San Diego Comic Con
The CMSC joins artist Shag in creating an Apollo art exhibit by bringing authentic Apollo artifacts. On July 20, the Space Center will lead a panel discussion about Apollo 11.

July 19: NASA Day
The day will feature hands-on activities, live performances, projects from the CMSC’s Apollo Summer Campers, historical Apollo artifacts, and chats with Apollo alumni. Admission to the CMSC is FREE!

July 20: Moon Landing Day Celebration & Apollo 11 Movie Screening
Celebrate July 20, 1969 in your best 1960s attire at the CMSC! There will be Apollo-themed activities, performances, and watch “LIVE” as Neil Armstrong takes his first giant leap. Admission to the CMSC is FREE! Then, stick around at night for a special screening of Apollo 11.



July 13-28 | Discovery Cube Orange County & Los Angeles

Discovery Cube is thrilled to partner with Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope (GAVRT) to introduce your child to radio astronomy! Participants can operate a 34 meter (112 foot) radio telescope from the Discovery Cube.

Join the Cube July 13 – July 28 and discover the dynamics of energy, pressure and motion as you blast rockets. Then come play with Newton’s 3rd law of Motion. Learn how high you can jump on the moon and uncover what your mass would be on Earth’s natural satellite.

On July 16, bring an empty 2-liter bottle, your problem solving skills, imagination and transform that bottle into a rocket. Participants are encouraged to pre-build their rocket and launch it with Discovery Cube LA.



Thursday, July 18 | Mt. SAC – Randall Planetarium

Celebrate this monumental occasion with free planetarium shows and rocket launching throughout the day. Also, don’t miss the ribbon cutting for the brand new scale model of the lunar lander!

Free planetarium shows start every half hour from 11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Seating available on a first come, first served basis.



Saturday, July 20 | Pretend City Children’s Museum in Irvine

Rocket on into Pretend City to celebrate this monumental moment that impacted all of mankind. Learn about space exploration through interactive STEAM activities, captivating stories, and stellar artwork. Activities include:

Art Studio Session: Create foil-painted moon art. This activity is great for developing your child’s fine motor skills.

Simple Science: Experiment to see if you can defy gravity, just like astronauts do in space.

Engaging Engineering: Learn about the moon and the Apollo 11 mission.

Headin’ Home Moon Walk Parade: Strut your stuff and moonwalk during their Headin’ Home parade!



Saturday, July 20 | Apollo 11 Celebration at Tessmann Planetarium

Friendly experts from Santa Ana College and our community partners will guide explorers of all ages through hands-on science activities. Free and fun for the whole family!

Planetarium Performances | 4 PM, 6 PM, and 8 PM
Join presenters under the dome at Tessmann Planetarium for two new voyages from Earth to the Moon. Each show is performed live.

Science Activities for Young Astronauts | 5-9 PM
Construct a crater, create a constellations, plan the planets, scout the lunar surface, sketch the Solar System and more!

Stargazing | 9-11 PM
Student astronomers from Santa Ana College will operate telescopes and introduce you to the night sky. This event is dependent on having clear skies.




Saturday, July 20 | Space Race 5K and Family Fun at Richard Nixon Library

Space Race 5K: Space Racers are encouraged to dress in their best spacesuits – or any other out of this world costume! – for this 5k run/walk which will follow a moderate course that is accessible for runners of all levels. Strollers welcome!

All Day Family Fun: Gaze up to the heavens in a planetarium. Jump into the Airstream Astronaut Quarantine Unit and get your photo with President Nixon. Enjoy cutting-edge STEM presentations and interactive opportunities. Receive a stellar space face painting.. Sport your favorite space/NASA t-shirt or dress like an astronaut for a chance to win prizes!

Apollo 11: One Giant Leap for Mankind Exhibition | Richard Nixon Library

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum has an all-new interactive special exhibit, Apollo 11: One Giant Leap for Mankind. The exhibit runs through January 12, 2020.


APOLLO 11 – The Immersive Live Show

A groundbreaking new show with an original story performed by a full cast and presented in the spectacular LUNAR DOME with 40,000 square feet of video projections. This truly immersive experience takes you from the thrill of the countdown to the enormous Saturn V rocket launch and on an unforgettable journey to the moon.

Tour Dates
Los Angeles: July 5 – August 11 (Rose Bowl)
Costa Mesa: October 10 – November 3 (OC Fair & Event Center)



Looking for more places to learn about space? Your little astronaut will love visiting these space destinations!





This post was written by Alina Na

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