Fun + Free Family Adventures Over Winter Break ~ by Mary Rinck

A WFS Faculty Blog post by our Director of Admissions, Mary Rinck
Published Tuesday, December 15th, 2020
 
Hello Friends! Looking for some fresh, new ideas for activities to do from your home? Here are a few of my favorite things to do any time of the year. Have fun!

The Brightest Star(s) in the Sky!

Jupiter and Saturn

On the Winter Solstice, December 21st, the two biggest planets in our solar system, Jupiter and Saturn, will appear closer in the Earth's night sky since 1226 A.D. - that's almost 800 years ago!

Astronomers are calling it the Great Conjunction of 2020, and some call it the "Christmas Star". It will be an incredibly rare occurrence to be able to fit both Jupiter and Saturn into the same telescopic field of view, as they will sit just 0.1 degrees apart, or a mere one-fifth the width of the Moon.

Watch it live yourself by going outdoors, or see it live online, courtesy of Lowell Observatory. (Beginning at 7 P.M. EST on December 21, Lowell astronomers and educators will share spectacular live views of Jupiter and Saturn through observatory telescopes while discussing the nature of conjunctions).

To learn more about this event and to watch the live streaming, visit Astronomy.com.

Visit Cape May Zoo In Person or Virtually

Cape May ZooOne of my happy, free places to visit at any time of the year.

  • Donations are accepted
  • Located in Cape May Court House, NJ - easy to access from the Garden State Parkway - or even easier, virtually!
  • Join the weekly free lessons for children
 
Also...
Winter Wonderland at Cape May Zoo
Visit the Zoo between Saturday, December 19  and Sunday, January 3 for some fun holiday activities!
The Zoo will be open every day except Christmas from 10:00 am - 3:30 pm (closing at 2:30 on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve).
For those who will not be visiting the Zoo this holiday season, please keep an eye on our website for virtual posting of fun activities, games, puzzles, animal videos and more!

Take a Tour of the Sky with the free SKY GUIDE app

Sky Guide App
Download this free app from Google or Apple stores.
"Sky Guide makes stargazing simple. Just hold it overhead to automatically find stars, constellations, planets, satellites, and more."
 
Who doesn't love to watch the stars at night or during the day? Who knows - maybe you’ll find Andromeda or Cassiopeia!

 

Host a Dance Party Virtually or take it outside!

dance party
Invite your children’s friends to join you for an afternoon dance party. Keep it simple. Children love freeze dancing too.
It’s fun, interactive, and gets everyone moving.
Social distancing and masks required.

 

 

Visit the Academy of Natural Science in Philadelphia.

Winter Science WeekOne of my favorite museums!
 
A treasure located across the river, in Philadelphia, PA. No fees for most virtual classes. Parent participation needed for younger children. Pre-Register for the link to join the Dino Dough class.
REGISTER HERE
 
Visit their website for other online classes available.