The Omaha Children's Museum introduces first ever Apollo 11 themed celebrations

Posted at 7:50 AM, Jul 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 08:50:42-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The first ever Moon Landing Celebration has begun at the Omaha Children's Museum. The celebration is in honor of the Apollo 11 space mission's 50th anniversary.

The Children's Museum offered an adventure-filled experience to curious children who wanted to learn more about the space mission.

They got to experiment with air pressures in a simplified and visual way, using marshmallows and shaving cream. A teacher demonstrated an experiment to show the children that if air gets vacuumed out of an object, it expands because the air molecules get bigger.

Kim Reiner, director of public relations for the Omaha Children's Museum, said "the activity was teaching children about how air molecules change in different air pressure. And that's sort of a high concept for four and five year old's to learn."

The museum wants to introduce complex subjects to young children in a way they can understand it. Their goal is to have children figure out at an early age what they do and don't like so they can excell moving forward.

"Our goal is to excite kids about learning. So they might not have realized that they love to build and create something, and they come here and they might build a moon rover and then they want to do more of this," said Reiner.

Children got to choose from other science-related activities as well. A rocket-ship building class allowed kids to create their version of a spaceship or even a moon rover.

They also got to attend story time, where a teacher read to them about dogs flying to the moon.

After attending the activities, many children said they want to learn more about science and space, and even look up to astronauts. Some even said they want to be an astronaut in the future.

Along with weekly summer camps, the museum had heavier foot traffic these past two days. Reiner says she expect to see thousands of guests throughout the week.

The moon landing celebration started on Sunday and will be going on until Saturday July 20th.