Full Moon Fest Chicago with MSI & Adler Planetarium

Are you bedazzled by the moon? If so, I have news about the Full Moon fest here in Chicago that is being hosted by the Museum of Science & Industry and Adler Planetarium. Special hours, special performances, and special surprises abound!

On Saturday, December 22, MSI is open until 9 p.m. to celebrate its first-ever Full Moon Fest celebrating the last full moon of 2018 and culminating a monthlong schedule of events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission.

MSI is partnering with the Adler Planetarium to offer multiple telescopes in its Smart Park, give guests the chance to chat with astronomers about the brightest object in our sky, and learn how to make their own space slime.

Celebrate the last full moon of 2018 with a nighttime, all-ages festival curated to launch your curiosity more than 200,000 miles above Earth’s atmosphere. Gaze at the brightest object in our night sky through telescopes in the Smart Park, get your face painted with sparkling space patterns, learn how to make galaxy slime, see special live performances, and more.

Guests can also tour Moon Room 1968, MSI’s newest pop-up exhibit, that puts guests into a mid-century living room to experience the Apollo 8 mission like millions of people across the country. Type a letter to the Apollo 8 crew and remember your visit with a 1960s holiday photo opp and retro-themed store offering vintage MSI gear, rotary phones and throwback toys.

The entire Museum will be open from 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. to celebrate Full Moon Fest, a perfect opportunity to explore special exhibitions and experiences including:

  • Journey to Space: Watch stunning imagery and expert commentary illustrate NASA’s challenges including exploring deep space and sending a , craft to Mars. This limited-time run is showing in the Giant Dome Theater. An additional ticket purchase is required.
  • Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light: Explore more than 50 trees and displays decorated by volunteers that represent Chicago’s diverse communities and the traditions they celebrate. Included with Museum Entry.
  • The Science Behind Pixar: Go behind the scenes of the filmmaking process through hands-on activities inspired by some of Pixar’s most treasured films, from “Toy Story” to “Inside Out.” An additional ticket purchase is required.

WHEN: Saturday, December 22 The entire Museum will be open from 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Full Moon Fest activities begin at 5 p.m.

WHERE: Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637

COST: Full Moon Fest, Moon Room 1968, and Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light are included with Museum Entry. Specialized experiences including The Science Behind Pixar and Giant Dome Theater films require an additional ticket purchase.

WEBSITE: msichicago.org/fullmoonfest

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