Your Passport to the Universe
An Exciting Introduction to Space and Science
Designed for ages 3-6
For a second year, Challenger Space Center Arizona’s Space-Tots program will be using the Quirkles®, a set of colorful books that create excitement for reading and science through whimsical illustrations, alliteration, and fun hands-on science activities.
Space-Tots is Challenger Space Center’s exciting introduction to space and science
designed specifically for children ages 3-6, accompanied by a parent or guardian. The program is offered one Monday per month during the school year from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Each class will introduce a different letter of the alphabet and kid-friendly space-themed science experiments using the Quirkles® books and characters.
Check out The Quirkles® for more information on this fun book series!
Series of Nine Monthly Adventures at the Challenger Space Center
¤ Classes are held 1 Monday a month, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
¤ $20 per child/parent pair for non-members
¤ $15 per child/parent pair for members
¤ $5 for each additional child
¤ Discounted fee with purchase of all nine adventures
September 15th, 2014 -- Lindy Light
Explore stars near and far! This month, children will explore light and shadow, learn all about our closest star, the Sun, as well as how the distant stars in our galaxy create pictures in the sky known as constellations. Children will also have to opportunity to see the Sun up close using a special solar telescope. (**Weather Permitting**)
October 13th, 2014 -- Ronnie Rock
We begin a tour of our solar system with the inner rocky planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. Budding geologists can bring in their favorite rock to share with the class as well!
November 10th, 2014 -- Density Dan
Our tour of our solar system continues with the gas giants: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. They are not solid, but they are denser than water. How can we explore them if we can't walk on their surface?
December 15th, 2014 -- Hallie Heat
A tour of the solar system would not be complete without everyone’s favorite dwarf planet, Pluto! This month, Hallie Heat will teach children about hot and cold, as well as explore the dwarf planets and other chilly objects that live far from our sun such as comets.
January 19th, 2015 -- Jazzy Jet
Think you have what it takes to be an astronaut? This month, children will be zooming around the Challenger Space Center with Jazzy Jet, learning about rockets and airplanes. This class also brings training to be an astronaut: get ready to blast off!
February 16th, 2015 -- Watery William
Having completed the tour of our solar system, it’s time to explore other solar systems! This month we will travel the vast distances of space searching for exoplanets: planets that orbit stars other than our Sun. Astronomers are looking for watery exoplanets that may support alien life. Do you think we can discover one?
March 16th, 2015 -- Mary Motion
This month, we will investigate what living in space is like. In space, astronauts experience microgravity: they float! What would it be like if there were no gravity here on Earth?
April 20th, 2015 -- Colorful Caroline
Stars and rainbows and supernovae, oh my! From the rainbows we see here on Earth to faraway stars exploding in spectacular light shows known as supernovae, the universe is filled with stunning color. This month, explore all the colors of the rainbow and more with Colorful Caroline!
May 18th, 2015 -- Timothy Tornado
Do you think storms are crazy here on Earth? Wait until you explore the extreme weather found on the other planets in our solar system. From Mars’ massive dust storms to Jupiter’s Great Red Spot (a storm so big that three Earths could fit across it!), it’s clear that our planet isn’t the only one with intense weather.
Join the Challenger’s Future Space Explorers as we investigate a new space science theme each month. The workshop series is designed for a preschool child and their parent, to add proficiency to the parent/child learning repertoire. Each workshop includes story-time, a thematic science activity and play structured by the week’s themes. Workshop activities are planned for age level appropriate science with the added parent involvement to help nurture the child’s natural curiosity.
Upon arrival your Future Astronaut will receive a Challenger passport to to track each new science discovery! Children that complete all nine adventures will receive a certificate of accomplishment.
Prepaid reservations are required for Space-Tots and spaces fill up fast, so please call to sign up today or
Click Here to Register Online!
Please note: this program does not run in the Summer months. Typically, Space-Tots is scheduled on the second or third Monday of each month, September-May. Occasionally, additional programs may be added during holiday breaks.