Remember when the junior high science teacher said that a lot of water got back to the ice caps and lakes and rivers when transpiration took place? Remember when it was easy to tell someone that those clouds up there are cumulonimbus, so we better head home? How about this one: How many of us have thought about subatomic particles and the enticing notion that entire universes are contained in every electron, neutron and proton everywhere, and our universe is just a quark somewhere else?
If these are some of the things that your kids think about, we have the perfect entertainment: Gear up and head out to “Molecularium!” It’s a Southworth Planetarium (96 Falmouth St.) dome show on June 26 at 11 a.m. that teaches kids about all that great subatomic science stuff, with cartoon characters that are truly representational of molecules that exist in life.
We’re not kidding. This program is so cleverly disguised as a mind-blowing adventure that kids won’t suspect for a second that they’re learning important principles and facts. It’s like the dome-show equivalent of grinding up peas and carrots to hide in their meatloaf. This quote is from the official press: “Aligned with national science standards in primary school learning, educational assessment has shown that ‘Molecularium’ truly helps kids learn.”
If your youngsters are a little older and can see through any ruse, but still get a kind of faraway look when they see stars in the sky, no problem. Take them on a grownup journey from Stonehenge to supernovae, and pick up a few droppable facts about the cosmos yourself, at “Astronomy: 3,000 Years of Stargazing,” also at Southworth, on June 22 at 1 p.m. and June 23 at 7 p.m. It’s a fascinating dome show about the history of humanity’s awe of celestial bodies. You won’t regret it.
Schedule and info: http://usm.maine.edu/planet/events