2nd Annual Winter Pop-Up Programs Allows Guests the Gift of STEAM Fun

This Winter Break at the Adler Planetarium


CHICAGO – Dec. 4, 2017 –This winter break (December 26-30) guests visiting the Adler Planetarium can enjoy STEAM-focused (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) programming from partners across the city during our second annual Pop-up Programs event. Each day, three to four different programs designed to spark engagement, curiosity, and fun for the whole family will “pop-up” throughout the museum.  Pop-up Programs are included with regular admission. Additionally, guests can stay and enjoy all the Adler has to offer even longer with extended open hours from 9:30 am-6:00 pm the whole week (Dec. 26-Jan. 1)!


While no two-days of Pop-up Programs will be the same, guests can enjoy a drop-in engineering or art workshop in Curiosity Classroom from 11 am–3 pm every day, as well as science experiments, technology and coding, dancing and physical games, and other hands-on activities in exhibit spaces on the upper level of the museum. For detailed activity descriptions and more information, visit:http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/events/pop-up-programs/


SCHEDULE as of 12/4/17 (More information regarding specific programming will be added to the website throughout the month of December):


Tuesday, December 26

Pumping Station: One, Curiosity Classroom, 11 am-3 pm

Making Things Move: Explore various ways of making things move with both simple and clever machines, with and without technology.


Crazy 8s Math Club, Our Solar System, 1-3 pm

Shooting Stars: Do the math to make your own Origami shooting stars and see how far they can fly.


Power Up Tech Academy, Mission Moon, 2–4 pm

Lunar Landing Coding: Write your own animations and games that guide a rocket to land safely on the Moon!


Wednesday, December 27

Seventh Green CircleCuriosity Classroom, 11 am–3 pm

Space – Art Sculpture: Create “space” in an artistic and unique way by using colorful quality paper and watercolor pencils to create transparency and an organic feel.


Wonder Works Children’s MuseumPlanet Explorers, 11 am-1 pm

Rocks for Play and Learning: Investigate and Identify a variety of rocks. You’ll even get a rock to take home!


TechGirlzMission Moon, 1–3 pm

Programming a robot…vroom, vroom!: Learn to program an Edison robot using EdBlocks and an iPad.


SciTech Hands on MuseumOur Solar System, 2-4 pm

Topology: Various hands-on activities, including large and small puzzles, that dive into the study of interacting solids as they fold and bend.


Thursday, December 28

Project SYNCERE, Curiosity Classroom, 11 am–3 pm

Wind-Powered Car Design Challenge: Using the Engineering Design Process (and the materials provided), you will design, construct, and test a wind-powered car.


High Touch – High Tech, Mission Moon, 12–2 pm

Edison’s Workshop: Explore the amazing world of electricity. Learn what’s “current” as you build circuits and much more!


Design Dance, Our Solar System, 2–4 pm

Dancing Through the Solar System: Move your way through the Solar System! Play games, learn movement, and work together to demonstrate and gain an understanding of planetary motion.


Analytics Lounge, Atwood Hallway, 1-4 pm

What’s it Made of?: Explore what things around us — including historical artifacts, rocks, and coins — are made of using portable X-Ray Florescence!


Friday, December 29

NeuroKitchen’s Curiosity ClubCuriosity Classroom, 11 am–3 pm

The Invisible Universe of Dark Matter: Come explore Dark Matter and discover the invisible web that supports the structures of the Cosmos on the largest scales. You will help to build a large, three-dimensional fabric installation representing Dark Matter, and then decorate it with tiny galaxies.


Steve and Kate’s CampMission Moon, 11 am–1 pm

Stop Motion Animation: Create a space-themed stop motion animation movie. You get to choose your characters, setting, and how long or short you want your movie to be!


Project ExplorationOur Solar System, 1–4 pm

Engineering at Its Best: Interact with several engineering challenges in a fun and engaging way, and build something to take home!


Saturday, December 30

Engineering for KidsCuriosity Classroom, 11 am–3 pm & Our Solar System, 1–3 pm

Incredible Flying Machines: Paper Airplanes/ Rockets: Exploring the principles of flight and aerodynamics, join us to make and test your own paper airplane or rocket.


Galileo Camps, Mission Moon, 1-4 pm

BristleBots: Learn about circuits and conductivity in a fun way.


About the Adler Planetarium:

The Adler Planetarium—America’s First Planetarium—is more than a museum; it is a laboratory, a classroom, and a community exploring the Universe together. Each year, nearly 570,000 visitors experience the museum’s interactive exhibitions, live planetarium shows, hands-on, minds-on STEM education programs, and world-class collections. Founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler, the Adler Planetarium is a recognized leader in public engagement. The museum’s scientists, historians, and educators inspire the next generation of explorers and invite you to explore space with us.