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SpaceFest begins on Thursday, July 19, at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Space Shuttle Pavilion at the Intrepid Air & Space Museum

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Space Shuttle Pavilion at the Intrepid Air & Space Museum

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Space Shuttle Pavilion at the Intrepid Air & Space Museum

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Space Shuttle Pavilion at the Intrepid Air & Space Museum

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Space Shuttle Pavilion at the Intrepid Air & Space Museum

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Space Shuttle Pavilion at the Intrepid Air & Space Museum

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Space Shuttle Pavilion at the Intrepid Air & Space Museum

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Space Shuttle Pavilion at the Intrepid Air & Space Museum

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Space Shuttle Pavilion at the Intrepid Air & Space Museum

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Space Shuttle Pavilion at the Intrepid Air & Space Museum

Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

Space Shuttle Pavilion at the Intrepid Air & Space Museum

 

We've been following the space shuttle Enterprise's journey ever since it sailed down the Hudson River to its new home at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. After more than a month of construction, the Intrepid's Space Shuttle Pavilion is finally opening to the public on Thursday, July 19. The Intrepid will be celebrating the much-anticipated event by hosting , a four-day fete featuring space-themed activities and NASA exhibits for kids to explore, beginning with the grand opening of the Enterprise itself. Scroll through our roundup of the best family-friendly events for you and your little ones.

Check out the Space Shuttle Pavilion's grand opening
Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony, the Space Shuttle Pavilion will officially open to the public at on Thursday, July 19, at 2pm on the flight deck of the Intrepid. Museumgoers can get an up-close view of the Enterprise by viewing the space shuttle from below (it's elevated ten feet off the ground), and also view it head-on from the viewing platform near the nose of the shuttle. They can check out videos and read up on the history of the almost 40-year-old orbiter too. Access to the Space Shuttle Pavilion is not included in general admission; purchase tickets for the Space Shuttle Pavilion (with access to the rest of the museum) online at tickets.intrepidmuseum.org or at the Intrepid's ticket office. Thu July 19 at 2pm. Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. $28--$30, children ages 7--17 $21--$23, children ages 3--6 $14--$16, children under 3 free.

Meet an astronaut
Aspiring space travelers can meet and chat with active and retired astronauts every day during SpaceFest. A total of nine astronauts will be around to converse with visitors at the Museum Complex and tell stories about their experiences repairing NASA telescopes and satellites, performing spacewalks and living on space shuttles. Special astronaut presentations are on tap for three afternoons as well (Thu July 19--Sat July 21 2--3pm). Free with museum admission. Thu July 19--Sun July 22 10am--5pm. Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

Tour the Intrepid's exhibits
Check out dozens of new exhibits and displays presented by NASA, including robotics demonstrations and videos of space exploration among others. Kids have the chance to watch a model of the Mars rover zoom around at Mars Exploration, play a video game simulating a journey to the moon at Lunar Quest and operate a real NASA radio telescope—experiencing how NASA communicates with spacecraft traveling all over the solar system—at SCaN. Thu July 19--Sun July 22 10am--5pm. Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum's Pier 87 and Hangar 3.

Watch an oudoor movie
Watch the crew of the Starship Enterprise in action (yes, it's the namesake of the real-life space shuttle) at a free outdoor screening of the 2009 blockbuster Star Trek, part of the Intrepid's free summer movie series. The PG-13 rating may not be appropriate for younger kids, so parents should use their discretion. Fri July 20 at 7:30pm. Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum's flight deck. Free.

 

 

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