Summer of Discovery: Week 4 - Blue Planet - Green Living

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 10:00am to Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 5:00pm

Beginning Tuesday, June 4, the Space Foundation Discovery Center will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the Summer of Discovery! Each week will focus on a specific theme, culminating with a full day of special activities and events planned for each Saturday. Bring your family and friends and join in the fun - we've brought Space down to Earth for all to enjoy!

June 25 - 29
Blue Planet - Green Living

Earth observation satellites help us identify, track and deal with environmental challenges. Environmental clean-up, water purification, alternate energy sources and other technologies that help us live "green" all benefit from the space program.

Come learn about how space exploration helps us all to live more harmoniously with our environment.







Wednesday, June 26

Ride Your Bike to Work Day

In recognition of Ride Your Bike to Work Day, if you ride your bike to the Discovery Center on Wednesday, June 26, between 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., bring your helmet inside to receive half off regular admission for that day. 


Colorado Springs Utilities - “Water Wise”

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
A family-friendly presentation for all ages presented by Colorado Springs Utilities

Thursday, June 27

Waste Management - “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle”

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Hosted by Waste Management, this interactive display focuses on how much trash we make, how long it takes to break down in a landfill and the importance of recycling.

Saturday, June 29

Test Drive an ELECTRIC CAR!

On Saturday, June 29, come to the Space Foundation Discovery Center to test drive an electric vehicle like the Chevy Volt or Nissan Leaf. Enjoy rapid acceleration with power generated by solar or wind. The cars will be provided by the Drive SunShine Institute (DSI) whose mission is to speed the adoption of fast electric vehicles powered by renewable energy. 

To celebrate the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, you'll be able to do the Space Foundation Hill Climb. Feel the power as you drive an electric car up a nearby hill, then watch electricity recharge the battery as you descend! And, find out how you can get solar for your home and cut your electric bill. Learn more at

Pictured: Like the Apollo mission Luna Rover (right), the all electric Nissan LEAF (left) doesn't even have a gas tank! During the Summer of Discovery, you can test drive electric vehicles like the LEAF and Chevy Volt at the Space Foundation Discovery Center on Saturday, June 29.

Boulder Bike Blenders

On Saturday, June 29, you will also be able to peddle your way to a healthy snack on a special stationary Boulder Bike Blender. Burn calories while you blend your own organic bike-powered fruit smoothie. The smoothies will be free with the first 100 admissions to the Discovery Center on Saturday, June 29. Additional bike-powered smoothies will be $3 each.


Activities for Kids

  • Moon Walk Bounce House
  • Interactive Touch & Learn Activities
  • Crafts

Children's Reading Corner

Guest Readers on Saturday, June 29

10:00 a.m.

Shane Coyne
Firefighter and Instructor
United States Air Force Academy

10:30 a.m.

Jennifer Horbelt
News Anchor

11:00 a.m.

Nathan Newbrough
President and CEO
Colorado Springs Philharmonic

11:30 a.m.

Katie Carrol
Director of Public Relations and Broadcasting
Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado


*Events and activities for all weeks are subject to change without notice.

More details about all 10 weeks of Summer of Discovery at

Daily Admission Rates

(effective June 4 - August 10, 2013)

Adults $9
Seniors (65+) $7
College Students (Student ID) $7
Children* (4-17) $3
Children* (3 and under) FREE 
Military (Military ID) FREE 
Colorado Springs Together Card Holders FREE

 *This is not a day camp - children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult



Space Foundation Discovery Center, 4425 Arrowswest Dr., Colorado Springs, Colo.