Journey to the Moon, designed for children ages 4Ò6, aims for the audience to experience what it is like to travel to the Moon. Children observe a cycle of moon phases and learn the names of the phases, enjoy a brief moon phase story, and then discuss how we could get there and what would we need to take with us. In preparation for a make-believe trip to the Moon, children don make-pretend space suits vests with air tanks on them. They see movies of real astronauts putting on space suits, the giant Saturn V rocket, and blast off in a pretend launch. They "experience" weightlessness, and look at Earth from space. The pretend three-day excursion to the Moon is accomplished by the children marching in line out of the planetarium and making one orbit of the planetarium before re-entering. An adult leader leads the group, while the presenter changes the "set" in the planetarium to make it into a make-pretend Moon landscape, illuminating the planetarium with UV or unusual colored lights, and scattering some fake Moon rocks (foam rocks) around the floor. When the children re-enter the planetarium-as-the-Moon, they see video of what the Moon is likeÛastronauts hopping around and collecting rocks. The children also hop around and collect the Moon rocks on the floor. Finally, they see a movie of the Lunar Rover and then lift off and return safely to Earth. The parts of the Journey to the Moon show are:
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