Saturday is International Observe the Moon Day.
I know that has some funny potential, but I’m just not going there. If you don’t have plans for the big day yet, the Tacoma Astronomical Society has you covered. As you might expect, celebrations involve observing the moon! You can find volunteers with telescopes by the hobby hall at the Puyallup Fair, or you can go to a program at Pierce College/Fort Steilacoom (Not the Puyallup campus). The program will include interactive crafts before an outside viewing (weather permitting-and it is looking a little sketchy).
Now, I think this program is probably best for school age kids, but if you have a precocious scientist on your hands, I’ll let you decide.
In addition to the free monthly programs at Pierce, TAS also hosts free monthly viewings in the observatory at PLU. The next one is the 25th. Pierce/Lakewood schedule and info: http://www.tas-online.org/public_nights.php
PLU nights: http://www.tas-online.org/public_nights.php
If you have a tween or teen with a passion for planets, the TAS also has an active student club.
If all this sounds like a bit much for your crew, consider making the Family Fun magazine moon cake instead. Before you think I’ve lost the little nub of mind I had left, let me assure you that this cake is The Easiest Cake in the World. It’s the moon, so it’s Supposed to look bumpy and crumby! Just imagine how your kids will brag if you make a cake Just Because. Expect lots of eye rolls from the other parents-it’s o.k.; they’re just jealous.
Here’s the recipe :http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/crater-cake-685495/