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Virtual Family Day: Solar System
September 26, 2020
Explore our place in outer space! From the sun and planets to moons and asteroids, discover what makes our Solar System
Create and discover with your family! Activities are designed for all ages.
UAF Planet Walk Tour
This video was made by members of the UAF Society of Physics Students. Thank you for
all your hard work!
Learn more about the UAF Planet Walk at the Geophysical Institute website.
How To Make and Use A Solar Viewer
Activities To Do At Home:
The links are all PDF documents.
Make a Solar Viewer: Create a solar viewer to safely observe the Sun. Watch a how-to video above!
Pocket Solar System: Make a miniature model of Earth’s neighborhood.
Observe the Sky: Enjoy looking for planets in the night sky!
- Pack a Space Telescope: Design and launch a model space telescope to study the Solar System. Watch a how-to video here!
- Design a Rover: Design and build a model rover to explore a far-away planet or moon.
- Create Out-of-This-World Art: Make Solar System artwork with crayons, watercolors, and salt.
- Make a Katherine Johnson Cut-Out: (Courtesy of NASA) Learn about the pioneering NASA trailblazer! Watch a video and learn more here.
NASA Calendar Artwork Contest:
Left to Right: Solar Viewer, Design a Rover, and Create Out-of-This-World Art examples.
For activities designed for kids ages 5 and under, go to our Virtual Early Explorers page.
For activities designed for kids ages 6-12, go to our Virtual Junior Curators page.
UAMN is a proud partner of the National Informal STEM Education Network and member of the NASA Space Science Education Consortium.
This project was funded under NASA cooperative agreement NNX16AL65A. Any opinions,
findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those
of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
From liquid water and a breathable atmosphere to the diversity of life, explore what makes our planet an amazing place to live!
Watch a Collections Chat with museum experts.
Explore water-themed crafts and activities designed for at home.
Have fun, be curious, and enjoy creating and discovering with your family!
Past Family Days
Fossils (February 2020): Kids and adults met paleo artist Ray Troll, explored fossils in the Cruisin' the Fossil Coastline special exhibit, decorated Ice Age animal puppets, excavated bones, and created paleo art.
Walrus (January 2020): Visitors met walrus researchers, saw specimens from the collections, experimented with blubber gloves, explored the importance of walrus in Alaska cultures, and made walrus masks.
Stars (November 2019): Guests experimented with hands-on astronomy demonstrations, explored
how different cultures view the night sky, made solar viewers, and created glow-in-the-dark
Animals in Art (September 2019): Visitors explored how animals inspire artists! They saw art from the collections, created animal masks, sketched scientific specimens, and made fish prints.
Soil (April 2019): Visitors met soil scientists and archaeologists, explored the properties of permafrost, looked at soil under microscopes, created artwork with soil paint, and planted seeds.
Ravens (March 2019): This Family Day focused on ravens in culture, art, and science. Guests met a raven researcher, read and wrote raven stories, created raven artwork, and competed in the Raven Olympics.
Earthquakes (February 2019): Kids and adults explored the science of earthquakes with researchers from the Alaska Earthquake Center, learned how to prepare emergency kits, and created earthquake-inspired art.
Gold (November 2018): Visitors met geologists, investigated the importance of gold in Alaska history, saw objects from the Ethnology & History collection, created gold-themed artwork, and tried panning for faux gold.
Berries (September 2018): Guests met berry experts, learned about the Winterberry Citizen Science project, created berry field guides, decorated berry recipe books, and explored the role of berries in Alaska cultures.
Stories (April 2018): Visitors listened to a Yup’ik storyteller, discovered stories of the past with archaeologists, recorded interviews with the ScienceTapes project, made storybooks, and used storyknives to tell their own stories.
Butterflies (March 2018): Kids and adults met butterfly experts, explored the Kenelm Philip collection, investigated the life cycle of butterflies, made butterfly art, and tried on butterfly costumes.
Whales (February 2018): At this Family Day, visitors could meet whale researchers and examine specimens, explore Arctic food webs, create scrimshaw art, and learn about the importance of whales in Alaska cultures.
Dinos & Fossils (November 2017): Guests saw and touched real fossils, met museum paleontologists, explored Ice Age mammals, dug for fossils, made fossil timelines, and created dinosaur art.
Bears (September 2017): This Family Day featured exploration of bears in art, science, and culture. Visitors saw polar bear art, went on a Bear Story Quest, investigated bear specimens, and learned about bear safety.