NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt
Where is it at?
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
8800 Greenbelt Road
Tel: 301 286 2000
Where are we going today?
Space...the final frontier! (Or is it!?) For those kids who LOVE all things space, astronauts and NASA, the NASA Goddard Visitor Center is a great place where kids can enjoy unparalleled experience, as well as a look into the future of space exploration!
There is always something fun and exciting for kids and families to learn and experience - and it's from NASA, so you know it's pretty special! There are exhibits, activities and events at the center, which offer inspiring and captivating (and of course educational) experiences for ALL ages!
So what are you going to learn? Well - the visitor center demonstrated the exciting and innovative work that Goddard's is doing in astrophysics, Earth science, engineering, planetary science, technology development, and communication. So in a nutshell - a lot!
The exhibits are informative and unique, and they really do open up kids eyes to all things science, including the important issue of climate change. Have you ever climbed inside a Gemini capsule model? Well at the NASA Goddard's Visitor Center - you CAN!
Do your kids play and imagine about being an astronaut, pulling on that space suit and flying high into the atmosphere? Imagine their face when they realize that at the center they can actually pull on a kid-sized space suit!
3...2....1...lift off! If you haven't experienced a real rocket launch yet, this might be second best! Once a month you can see a model rocket launch - pretty exciting!
Don't forget about some of the children's programs too that are held at the center - all amazing experiences for kids!
Space - the Maryland frontier!
How much does it cost?
When can we go?
Tuesday to Friday 10am - 3pm. Weekends Noon - 4pm. 5pm close July & AUgust.
All year round. Closed Mondays and some federal holidays.
Give the center a call to ask about field trips - kids will surely get a lot out of going!! Their tours are limited to 40 people or less, and for 6th graders and older. .
There isn't a cafe in the center, but you are more than welcome to bring your own picnic and enjoy it at the picnic tables! There are restaurants nearby the center if you prefer. .
With a picnic - you can bring any food option you like! The healthier the better! .
Any Top Tips?
Tours are available to foreign nationals from most countries, but you have to tell the Visitor Center the time names and passport details when you book. .
Need a little extra help?
If you have disabilities, the center will be sure to accommodate you. Just give them 48 hours notice so they can see what help you might need. .
Can I get one of those?
There of course is a gift shop next to the Visitor Center where you can get some pretty cool NASA souviners, post cards, models and toys! .
If there is inclement weather, the center will be closed, as will the visitor center. If you're unsure, call before hand. .
What people are saying?
by Caroline Bock
Nice, very small and modest NASA museum with good parking. Good for young kids and grandparents.
by Elizabeth McAuley
It was an interesting place to see, but I expected it to be larger. They did have more space related teaching information than the Smithsonian. It's more of a child friendly environment than I had originally expected.
Additional note: They didn't even mention Curiosity in their Mars display...
by mansour madrid
by Janynne Gomes
by RAY STACK
THIS IS WHERE MAGIC HAPPENS!