Just because kids leave the walls of their schools for summer vacation, weekends and school breaks doesn’t mean the learning must stop. Wisconsin is home to a number of great places with activities combining science, learning and unbeatable fun. Here are just a few:
The University of Wisconsin-Madison has been a leader in astronomical research for more than 100 years. The public is invited to the UW Space Place to take advantage of this great local opportunity to learn about all of the innovative work done here. Some of their offerings include star gazing, weekend science and telescope workshops and many other special events.
This planetarium offers a variety of shows and events truly out of this world. Their public programming - running six days a week - covers topics appealing to everyone, from those who already have a deep interest in astronomy to those who would like their first introduction. Their regularly running schedule includes star shows, family astronomy nights and much more.
This geographical creation is a can’t-miss science spectacle. Their guided tours lead visitors more than 70 feet underground to view and learn all about the crystal formations in the caves and the bats that live there too! Their other activities include gem panning and a nature trail for a full day jam-packed with educational fun.
This innovative center exploring technology and the environment offers endless hands-on learning opportunities for all ages. Discovery World is located at Pier Wisconsin and overlooks Lake Michigan—a location that could not be more well suited for teaching visitors about the Great Lakes. In addition to their year-round offerings, Discovery World also holds a number of teen workshops and a summer camp during summer vacations from school.
Washburn Observatory – Madison
Also through the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Astronomy Department offers public observing at Washburn Observatory every couple of weeks throughout the year. During the summer, the Universe in the Park program invites the public to state parks to view astronomical objects through telescopes under dark skies.
University of Wisconsin Arboretum – Madison
The Arboretum in Madison offers visitors the opportunity to see examples of most of the major plant communities found in the Midwest. A great place to explore on one’s own, the Arboretum also offers regularly scheduled events such as guided educational walks.