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News Release- NASAs Webb Space Telescope Community Events Initiative for Day of Play

Posted on June 29, 2021 at 2:09 PM by Wendy Long

News Release

NASAs Webb Space Telescope Community Events Initiative for Day of Play                                                                                                     

Normal, IL – June 29, 2021 – The Children’s Discovery Museum and the Challenger Learning Center at Heartland Community College have been selected to partner during this year’s Day of Play as part of NASA’s Webb Space Telescope Community Events Initiative.

The Challenger Learning Center will join the Museum in Uptown Normal on Saturday, Sept. 25, in a free hybrid event providing both in-person & virtual activities along with a special guest speaker from NASA. Launching this Fall, the James Webb Space Telescope is the, most powerful space telescope ever built and will allow us to see far beyond our galaxy to investigate how the first galaxies formed, evolved, and signs of life outside our solar system.  

Day of Play embodies the mission of "Inspiring the love of learning through the power of play." The whole day is FREE and designed to provide opportunities for all kids and parents to play and learn together! Fun, physically engaging activities are central to a healthy lifestyle. This national initiative created by Nickelodeon in 2005, marked by a whole day of activities, encourages children and families to turn off screens, set down electronic devices and go outside to play.

Day of Play happening on Saturday, September 25, 2021, from 10am-3pm, transforms Uptown Normal into a giant playground. More than 60 community partners will feature interactive, engaging, and exciting PLAY activities. The CDM Education staff will feature a host of STEAM experiences, including activities related to the James Webb Space Telescope. Attendees will also enjoy stage performances, a bike rodeo, and touch-a-truck area as well as $4 admission to the Children's Discovery Museum.


About the Children’s Discovery Museum

The mission of the Children’s Discovery Museum is to inspire the love of learning through the power of play. The vision is to build confidence and foster creativity in today’s youth; enhance critical thinking, communication and collaboration in tomorrow’s workforce; and inspire a more innovative approach for educating future generations.
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