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New Exhibit To Open At The Virginia Air & Space Center July 12!!

19 June 2014 by

New summer exhibit at The Virginia Air & Space Center! 

Space Racers: Adventures in Space Exploration  opens up July 12! 

This brand new exhibit for preschoolers age 3-6 is being created in partnership with the new animated children’s series Space Racers.  I had the honor of doing a sneak peak tour before the kick off celebration July 12th and I was so impressed!  Kids are going to LOVE this new exhibit and all of the hands on activities it has to offer.  Below you'll find some details on the new exhibit and about the events for Saturday's kick off celebration.  You'll also get to see an inside look at some of the pictures I took during my tour.  If you have a little one, I highly recommend you check out the Virginia Air and Space Center!  It has so much to offer from this exciting new exhibit to 30 historic aircraft, a hands-on space gallery, unique space flight artifacts, IMAX, and great Military Discounts!


New Exhibit for Preschoolers Opens July 12!

Hampton, VA – Little explorers can blast off into space with this new interactive exhibit! Space Racers™: Adventures in Space Exploration will allow families to join Eagle and his fellow cadets at Stardust Bay Space Academy for a hands-on mission full of educational fun.  Based on the new animated children’s television show Space Racers™, this exhibit for young children allows them to explore the wonders of space together in a fun and creative atmosphere. 


This hands-on, minds-on exhibit features Eagle, Robyn, Hawk, Starling, and their fellow Space Racers as they guide families through the solar system and beyond, encouraging pretend play and space exploration! Rocket Launch encourages the engineer in little explorers where they can design their own spacecraft for a Mars mission and build a rocket with oversized building blocks in Build A Rocket. Visitors can join Mission Control and send a rocket soaring in Blast Off!,  use Mission Tracking to track Eagle on an interplanetary mission, and determine if the weather conditions are good for launching a rocket at the Weather Station.

Visitors can pretend to be an astronaut aboard the International Space Station and discover what it is like to eat, sleep, work and play in space! Using the Glove Box, families can practice performing important repair tasks and view footage of real experiments aboard the International Space Station in the Lab Area. Visitors can find out what’s on the menu for our astronauts aboard the ISS, discover how it feels to sleep in a space station sleeping bag, and learn how astronauts exercise in zero gravity.

Children will love going To the Moon! where they can use a lunar rover pretending to be astronauts. On the moon, little ones can collect lunar samples using a robotic arm, examine “moon dirt,” use the sense of touch to experience different textures, and discover how heavy a bottle of milk is on the moon. 

Little astronauts and their families can discover Our Solar System with Day & Night and Seasons Matching Activities using magnets. Guests can take a journey through Constellation Creations to observe a number of constellations and connect stars to make their own starry picture. Space Racers™ character, Starling, explores the solar system in Sun Fun, an interactive where children can help the planets orbit the sun. Visitors can test their knowledge of the solar system in Solar Puzzle and guess the planet using the clues given.

 Space Racers™ Place for Space allows families to relax and watch clips from the new animated series, read a far-out story in the reading area, and let little explorers’ imaginations run wild with coloring activities and building blocks.

Tickets:  Admission to the new exhibit Space Racers™: Adventures in Space Exploration is included with regular exhibit admission.  Adults: $11.50, Seniors/NASA/Military: $10.50, and Children ages 3-18: $9.50.  Children under 3 receive free exhibit admission.  Visitors who purchase a Virginia Air & Space Center family membership can receive unlimited FREE exhibit admission for a whole year, in addition to free admission at more than 200 participating science centers around the world.  To learn more about the Virginia Air & Space Center’s membership program visit vasc.org.

About Space Racers™ the animated series:

Space Racers™ is a new, original, half-hour animated series for preschoolers that follow young spaceship cadets at the Stardust Bay Space Academy as they soar through the Solar System.  Young viewers will learn about the power of scientific investigation and observation, the wonders of space exploration, and the importance of working together as a team, all with fun and engaging characters they can relate to.

To learn more about the new animated, children’s series, Space Racers™, now showing on WHRO in the Hampton Roads community, visit spaceracers.org.

To learn more about the Center’s new exhibit, Space Racers™: Adventures in Space Exploration, visit vasc.org


The Virginia Air & Space Center (VASC) is the official visitor center for NASA Langley Research Center. VASC’s mission is to educate, entertain and inspire the next generation of explorers.  The Center is the region’s leader in informal education bringing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to the Hampton Roads community.  Virginia Air & Space Center is located at 600 Settlers Landing Road in beautiful Downtown Hampton.  Visit our website @ www.vasc.org.  For more information call 757.727.0900.

Opening Day Celebration!

On Saturday, July 12th, from 11-3pm, The Virginia Air & Space Center will celebrate the opening of Space Racers™: Adventures in Space Exploration.

Families can design and build their own spacecraft, join mission control and send a rocket soaring into space, track an interplanetary mission, discover our solar system and the moon, and pretend to be an astronaut on the International Space Station. Little ones can relax in the Space Racers™ Place for Space where they can enjoy clips of the animated series, read far-out stories in the reading area, and let imaginations run wild with coloring activities and building blocks. In addition, guests can participate in a number of opening day activities, including a screening of the new children’s animated series Space Racers ™ with Creator and Executive Producer Richard Schweiger.  

Admission to the Grand Opening of Space Racers™: Adventures in Space Exploration is included in regular exhibit admission.  Call 727-0900 for more information or visit the Center’s website @ www.vasc.org.

Opening Day Activities:

  • Enjoy a screening of a Space Racers™ episode with Executive Producer Richard Schweiger at 12PM in the IMAX™ Theater
  • Get a Space Racers™ tattoo at the temporary tattoo station
  • Bounce around in the Bounce House
  • Have your face painted
  • Play the Space Racers™ Bean Bag toss
  • Participate in Space Cadets program
  • Experience flight with the Feel the Lift wings activity
  • Try walking on the Moon in the Moon Walk activity
  • Free Make n’ Take activities for children
  • Sign the Orion I’m on Board Banner and color an Orion I’m on Board coloring sheet

To learn more about The Virginia Air & Space Center, Military Discounts Offered, Membership Opportunities, and exhibits, visit them on MB!


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