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!
The Visitor Center at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center offers a unique destination that provides valuable inspirational and educational experiences for all ages. We provide many unique programs, special events and presentations that highlight Goddard's Earth and Space Science, engineering and technology work, and we demonstrate what is current and unique about Goddard and NASA through exciting interactive experiences for the public. Come visit us to hear lectures, see exciting model rocket launches, and participate in one of our fun filled children's programs. We offer something for every one.Get directions
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.
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.
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!
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.
With a picnic - you can bring any food option you like! The healthier the better!
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.
If there is inclement weather, the center will be closed, as will the visitor center. If you're unsure, call before hand.