This page refers to the 2023 annular eclipse. For more information on the upcoming solar eclipse, please visit our deep dive page. 

You may have heard of a total eclipse, but did you know there are other types of eclipses? Join us for activities, videos and a live virtual Story Time to learn what to expect during solar eclipses, how to practice sun safety, and more!

You can join us online starting Friday, October 13, or on site at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC on Saturday, October 14. 

On Site Family Day

Saturday, October 14 from 10am - 2pm

On this Family Day, there is going to be an annular solar eclipse! But what does that mean? Join us for activities and demonstrations to learn about different types of solar eclipses, what to expect, and how to view it safely.

Activities include:

  • Safe solar observing before and during the annual solar eclipse
  • Demonstrations and hands-on activities
  • A community art project
  • Free planetarium shows at 10:30 and 11:30 am
  • Story Time with author Andy Rash, where he will read his book, Eclipse. A book signing will follow afterwards. 
  • Musical performances by award-winning acapella group, The Chromatics.
  • Conversations and Q&As with experts in the field
  • Scavenger hunt exploration of the exhibits
  • And more!




Virtual Family Day

Launching Friday, October 13

Soar Together activities are available online for families to participate in, no matter where they live. Activities include story time, videos, and hands-on demonstrations learners of all ages can do at home.

Activities Page

Check out these activities crafted for young learners to learn more about eclipses. 

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Story Time: The Sun is My Favorite Star

Friday,  - 

Join us as we read Frank Asch’s celebratory book, The Sun is My Favorite Star and learn about the many ways our sun helps life on our planet Earth. 

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How to attend

National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC

6th St. and Independence Ave SW. Washington, DC 20560

The on site program will take place Saturday, October 14. 

Soar Together at Air and Space Family Days are free to the public. Free timed-entry tickets are required for entry into the museum. 

No passes available? Check back at 8:30 am ET on October 14 for day-of passes.