Indoor Fun for Kids - NASA Goddard Space Flight Visitor Center
A visit to the NASA Goddard Space Flight Visitor Centerhttp:/
My 2-year-old daughter, Eve, loves the big bin of space-travel-themed toys and the dress-up chest. Her preschool bravado is fierce when she climbs into a real Apollo pod while wearing a NASA flight suit. My 5-year-old son, Charlie, is obsessed with the "Science on a Sphere" exhibit, a movie of animated data viewed on a six-foot-diameter rotating suspended globe. Both kids sit quietly in awe for the entire duration of the film, which is a testament to the splendor of the production. Even though the show's subject matter is a bit over Eve's head, she adores watching the light display.
Charlie always picks up activity pages and a scavenger hunt at the front desk and loves to chat with the friendly volunteer manning the desk. His sweet-talking usually nabs him coloring pages of spacecrafts, mazes, NASA books and one time even a gorgeous full-color wall calendar of Hubble photographs. My husband and I? We always pick up coffee and reading material before bringing the kids here. At such a contained, safe, stimulating destination, we, too, can enjoy ourselves . . . by relaxing as the kids' synapses fire away.
-- Jessica McFadden
NASA GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT VISITOR CENTER Off Soil Conservation Road and Explorer Drive, Greenbelt. Open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday-Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. 301-286-3978 or http:/