Celebrate fifty years since Apollo 11 and Ohio native Neil Armstrong first stepped foot on the moon. From engaging science experiments and space camp to stargazing and seeing a real-life moon rock — you’ll find it all and more this summer in Ohio!
Can’t Miss Special Events
Great Lakes Science Center Apollo 50 – Next Giant Leap, Summer 2019 – Cleveland
July 2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11, the first lunar landing – but did you know NASA sent nine total missions to the Moon as a part of the Apollo program in the 1960s and 70s? Join in the fun at Great Lakes Science Center, NASA Glenn Visitor Center for a variety of festivities all summer long.
Vectron Dayton Air Show, June 22-23 – Dayton
It’s much more than an air show! Tune into performers, check out aircraft displays, take a ride in a helicopter, or enjoy free childrens’ activities at the Vectron Dayton Air Show. There’s a little something the whole family can enjoy at this two-day event.
University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum Open House and Ice Cream Social, July 10 – Findlay
Enjoy presentations by Wendell Minor, illustrator of Buzz Aldrin’s book, “Reaching for the Moon,” and Greg Brown of the Armstrong Air and Space Museum, or take a curated tour of the Mazza Museum’s diverse collection of children’s book illustrations and moon and space-related artwork. Scope out the skies at UF’s Newhard Planetarium, and don’t miss additional demonstrations and special displays.
Register by July 5 here.
Toledo Air Show, July 13-14 – Toledo
From jets to barnstorming, the Toledo Air Show is a show you don’t want to miss. Catch performers of all-kinds as well as many military and civilian aircraft on display – see the full line-up here.
50th Anniversary Parade, July 14 – Wapakoneta
Be a part of the tradition – this parade anticipated to be “most exciting parade since 1969!” Join in recognizing Wapakoneta’s very own Neil Armstrong at the 50th Anniversary Parade, commemorating fifty years since Armstrong became the first man on the moon. Find plenty of family-fun with special Apollo 11, 50th Anniversary festivities throughout Wapakoneta and Auglaize County, happening July 12-July 21.
Don’t miss the Moon Menu Trail – limited edition lunar-themed food and drinks available throughout Wapakoneta. Learn more here.
The John & Annie Glenn Museum Space Camp, July 16 – New Concord
Your kiddos will love the “First Moon Landing” Space Camp – suitable for ages 8-12. Includes a pizza lunch and a special birthday treat! Find even more moon-related memorabilia at the John & Annie Glenn Visitors Center all summer long.
NMUSAF Family Day – 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing, July 20 – Dayton
Join the National Museum of the United States Air Force in commemorating the first lunar landing. Take part in model rocket building and launching, an Apollo 11 virtual reality experience, learn “little known facts” about the Apollo mission and see space-related artifacts from the museum’s collection. Don’t miss a showing of the film “Apollo 11: First Steps Edition” at the DOME Theater – a thrilling cinematic experience that reveals real-life moments of humankind’s first steps on the moon.
Ohio History Center 50th Anniversary Moon Landing Celebration, July 20 – Columbus
Enjoy a conversation at the Ohio History Center with Kathy Sullivan, the first woman to walk in space, followed by Apollo 11 lunar landing footage. Explore and engage in a variety of hands-on, space-themed activities, including a rocket launch in partnership with COSI. Stay out late and watch Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon, 50 years to the actual minute it happened.
Purchase your tickets here.
John Glenn Astronomy Park Celebration, July 20 – Logan
Join the John Glenn Astronomy Park for an afternoon and evening of space and moon-related programs. Recount the first lunar landing events minute-by-minute, and get a glimpse of the skies while stargazing.
Summer Moon Festival, July 12-21 – Wapakoneta
Continue the 50th Anniversary celebrations of Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing, at the Summer Moon Festival! Enjoy presentations from astronauts, exhibits from NASA, aviation-themed inflatables, science demonstrations, animals from the zoo, mini-golf, face painting, live music and more at this weekend-long event.
Find a complete list of Wapakoneta’s Lunar Landing festivities here.
Hancock Historical Museum’s Moon Magic, July 20 – Findlay
Explore the entire campus teeming with space and science activities! Adventure through space at Hancock Park District’s Planetarium, learn more about “what’s out there” with the Millstream Astronomy Club, and launch your very own rocket. Refreshments will also be provided. Catch a free screening of Apollo 13 the next day, Sunday, July 21 at 1:30pm! Learn more here.
Red, White & Zoom – Cleveland National Air Show, August 31-September 2, Cleveland
Check out a variety of spectacular performers in the air as well as plenty of activities and fun on the ground. See display aircraft up-close, take part in the scavenger hunt or snap a photo in the cockpit. Your little ones will love the kids zone full of activities and inflatables. Check out all that’s offered on the Cleveland Air Show website.
Space Exploration Gallery, Spring & Fall 2019 – Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati
Inspired by Ohio’s pivotal role in space exploration, the Space Exploration Gallery covers 6,000 square feet, encouraging explorers and your little astronaut-to-be to question “what’s out there,” and what it takes to answer some of life’s most intriguing questions. Offering a unique blend of science and history, you’ll discover stories focused on the future of space exploration. The first phase of the gallery opened this spring, and phase two will be coming online in the fall.
One Small Step, One Giant Leap, January 17-July 31 – Ohio Statehouse, Columbus
Additional commemorations of Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary can be found at the Ohio Statehouse, where the Capital Square Review and Advisory Board in partnership with the Auglaize County Historical Society, the Armstrong Air and Space Museum and the Ohio History Connection present One Small Step, One Giant Leap – an exhibit honoring Great Ohioan: Neil Armstrong. This exhibit provides visitors a look into Armstrong’s early days and includes moon rocks and other Apollo Program artifacts.
NASA Glenn Visitor Center, Permanent Exhibit – Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland
One of only 11 NASA visitors’ centers in the country, the Great Lakes Science Center’s NASA Glenn Visitor Center offers a variety of space-themed adventures the entire family can discover. Step into the Living in Space Gallery to learn how astronauts on the International Space Station live day-to-day and live out your astronaut dreams by taking a photo in a real-life space suit! The fun continues in the Explore and Discover Galleries, where you can look inside the 1973 Skylab 3 Apollo Command Module, see a real moon rock, take part in experiments, plan your own space mission and more.
Apollo Redux, opens June 22 – Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Dayton
Apollo Redux: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing, takes you back to the Apollo-era Mission Control rooms. Sit at a console (an actual artifact from a control room at Johnson Space Center) and blast off on your own space mission or learn more about the heroes on the ground – stories of men and women who have helped launch dozens of astronauts into space.
Space Gallery, Permanent Exhibit – National Museum of the US Air Force, Dayton
Step onto the NASA space shuttle trainer built out into a full-size shuttle representation, scope out Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacecraft, and spot several other NASA and astronaut artifacts and equipment located throughout the NMUSAF’s Space Gallery. Don’t miss the exclusive spacesuit exhibit opening May 31.
Armstrong Air & Space Museum, Wapakoneta
Found in Neil Armstrong’s hometown, the Armstrong Air and Space Museum offers a variety of activities and interactive exhibits every type of visitor can enjoy. View one-of-a-kind artifacts including the Gemini VIII spacecraft, some of Armstrong’s spacesuits, and an Apollo 11 moon rock. Practice landing a lunar module and space shuttle or catch a film in the Astro Theater.
For more excitement and fun this summer, Find It Here. at Ohio.org.