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5 Ways to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11

Celebrate the one small step at these Denver metro area museums and attractions.

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Fifty years ago this month, Neil Armstrong stepped out of the Apollo lunar module Eagle to become the first human to walk on the surface of the moon. Colorado families have a variety of opportunities to celebrate the milestone and learn more about space travel throughout July:

1. Apollopalooza

Join the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver for a weeklong event dedicated to all things space exploration, July 13-20, with STEM activities, exhibits, seminars, and an astronaut appearance.

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2. To the Moon and Back

Learn about the moon, peek at it through a high-power telescope (weather permitting), and watch moon-themed planetarium shows during this celebration at Denver Museum of Nature & Science on July 11. Take another step by commemorating the milestone during the First Steps Celebration on July 20, with special activities and presentations throughout the day in the Space Odyssey exhibit.

3. Planetarium Shows and Concert

Fiske Planetarium in Boulder is celebrating all month long with a variety of fulldome films and shows, including one based on the popular children’s book Max Goes to the Moon. They’re also hosting a series of talks and educational programs, and space-themed concerts from the Bluegrastronauts. July 20 includes a full day of family-friendly Apollo activities.

4. Museum Takeover: Moon Landing

Take a deep dive into the moon, rockets, and the historic moon landing during Museum Takeover on July 20 at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. Space related films and programs also run throughout the month of July.

5. Space Crafts and Activities

Join the Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs on July 20 for a day of rocket building, Apollo activities and crafts, breakfast with an astronaut, food trucks, and a chance to drive a Rover in the Lockheed Martin Mars Robotics Laboratory.

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