Just Updated for 2013
Tuesday is the annual Star Party at the Puyallup Library. Members of the Tacoma Astronomical Society will be on hand to help the kids make stomp rockets. Telescopes will be available for star viewing, weather permitting.
We’ve done this event twice. Both times it was way too cloudy for any star gazing, which was a bummer, but the kids loved making the stomp rockets. There is usually cocoa, too. This is an all ages event, though I do think it’s better if your kids are old enough to follow directions on their own. The first year we attended, my oldest was a kindergartener, and while he was just fine, I had my hands full chasing Henry around the crowded meeting room and trying to keep him from dumping hot cocoa. If his brother had needed help, there would have been some serious Star Wars.
The event runs from 5:30-7:30. The last year we went they were doing the stomp rockets in shifts, so if you can’t make it right at 5:30, it should work out. You won’t need to stay the whole time, unless you want to.
The TAS hosts regular free, public lectures and star viewings at Pierce College, Fort Steilacoom. Most of these would be best suited for older children (for one thing, you’re up sort of late). The next one is this Saturday.
PS Amazon sells this very cool Ultra Stomp RocketWe had crazy fun with one of these at my nephew’s birthday. Totally worth the ten or so bucks.
Disclosure: Kids can learn all kinds of cool science concepts at these events. I just think they’re fun. The Amazon link is my affiliate. Any Amazon shopping you start at this site helps SFM. Hey, thanks!