For Immediate Release
Contact: Sarah Flashing
Children’s Hands On Museum of Northwest Illinois Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11

Freeport, Illinois – July 15, 2019 – This week the world marks the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the Moon on July 20, 1969  as part of NASA’s Apollo 11 lunar mission. 
Join The Children’s Hands-on Museum in Northwest Illinois in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing! Dive into fascinating space topics as we celebrate the historical accomplishment of Apollo 11 and look to the future of space travel.
Special activities include:
“Exploring the Solar System: Hide and Seek Moon” is an engaging way for early childhood learners to experiment with some of the tools scientists use to study objects that are very, very far away, and to learn about how cultures around the world have viewed the Moon.
“Exploring the Solar System: Big Sun, Small Moon” is a hands-on activity that explores the concept of apparent size and allows visitors to experience this phenomena using familiar objects—a tennis ball and a beach ball.
“Exploring the Solar System: Stomp Rockets” is a hands-on activity in which participants learn about how some rockets carry science tools—not scientists—into space, and how a special kind of rocket called “sounding rockets” can be used for quick, low-flying scientific missions into space. Participants will build and launch their own air rockets to help imagine the challenges and triumphs of engineering spacecraft and launching them into a specific region of the space above our planet.
Space-themed art, drama and music available on select days. More info to come.
When: July 17, 18, 19, and 20
Apollo 11 Activities from 10 AM – 12 PM
Museum open 10 AM – 2 PM
All children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission: $6 per person over 24 months. No additional charge for annual members.
The Children’s Hands-On Museum of Northwest Illinois is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, committed to offering an accessible, affordable, interactive, and educational environment that will inspire children and families to learn about themselves and our culturally diverse world. Without the support of our members, volunteers and generous donors, we would not be able to continue our commitment to nurturing a love of learning in children. For more information, visit us online at