One Day, I’m Going to be an Astronaut!

At some point, I think we all have looked up at the stars and wished we could hop on a spaceship to be closer to them. Luckily, with Griffith Observatory’s free public star parties, you don’t need a spaceship to do it. I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday than taking your family to see the stars!

Once a month, Griffith Observatory hosts a free event from 2:00 PM – 9:30 PM that offers the public the chance to look through telescopes to see the sun, moon and various planets. Amateur astronomers are present to help educate and assist with equipment. It’s an excellent way for the whole family to feel a little closer to the universe that surrounds us and learn more about the beauty it holds.

The next public star party is October 5th on National Astronomy Day! It’s best to get there early so you can beat the line. The astronomers and telescope demonstrators will cut off the telescope lines so viewing can end by 9:45 PM. The main building stays open until 10:00 PM, so there’s plenty of time for the family to engage in interactive exhibits. You can even take a picture with the famous Albert Einstein statue! It’s also the perfect opportunity to save some cash and pack a meal, have a picnic, and catch amazing views while eating together as a family.

Public Star Parties are a great way to incorporate learning and fun into a family outing. And who knows, you just might inspire a little future astronaut of your own.

Upcoming Public Star Parties:

  • October 5 – Astronomy Day!
  • November 2
  • December 7

You can find out more about the public star parties HERE!