Kids, Get Ready for the Great American Eclipse

The great solar eclipse is coming August 21! You can see it at many of our viewing parties across the city. But before you rush out to watch this cosmic event, read up on this rare event with these great books and helpful resources.

Eclipses: Learn the science behind eclipses and the difference between a lunar and solar eclipse.

Experiments With the Sun and the Moon: It’s never too early for science projects. Find out the properties of lunar and solar eclipses through hands-on learning.

The Sun and the Moon: An attractive introduction to the science of the sun and moon for preschoolers.

Looking Up!: Don’t stop looking up after the great solar eclipse. Learn how to identify other objects in the sky and become your own expert stargazer.


NASA: Eclipse Activities: The first stop for any celestial experience should be the premiere space organization, NASA.  Find out about some cool solar viewing activities, proper eclipse viewing techniques, nifty art projects and so much more.

Adler Planetarium: Chicago's Eclipse Fest: Chicago's astronomy authority will be hosting the largest outdoor eclipse block party with free family friendly activities.

PBS Learning Media: Solar Eclipses: Find great teaching tools for school age kids, including videos, next generation science standards and discussion questions.

Washington Post: How to get kids ready for, and excited about, the Great American Eclipse: This nifty article is a great “how to” for parents preparing kids for the celestial event of our lifetime.

Space Racers Eclipse Resources: Watch an interactive eclipse countdown, learn how to make a pinhole camera, view a detailed eclipse map and get other kid friendly eclipse resources for preschoolers from Sprout TV.

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