Your family's stay-cation can include "Leaving Earth"


LAFAYETTE, LA -- If you have a budding astronaut in your household, the Lafayette Science Museum's newly installed "Leaving Earth – The Story of Space Travel" is a must-do this summer.

This hands-on exhibit includes activities to excite kids and adults alike. There is a station with simulated rocket fueling and a countdown to liftoff. Another exhibit lets you practice your skills operating robotic arms, and that’s just the beginning; "Leaving Earth" also includes a chronological timeline and memorabilia of just how far we've come with space travel – taking parents and grandparents along a trail of memories from their own childhood or young adulthood.

Museum Director Kevin Krantz and his staff researched, designed, and produced the collection in tandem with Exhibits, Inc., making it a permanent part of a growing inventory at the museum.

“Want-to-be astronauts can also get excited about other parts of the museum,” Krantz explains, "because our on-going programs in our planetarium, along with our knowledgeable staff, are perfect for introducing kids to the night sky with live shows and special summer programs. It’s also not the planetarium as their parents remember it. It's completely digital and a great way to escape the heat or the doldrums of summer.”

More earth-bound students may find another new exhibit jointly curated by the Science Museum and UL Lafayette's Geoscience Department equally mesmerizing. This significant collection of rocks from a variety of geological formations, including a real meteor fragment, is now on permanent loan from the University.

The Lafayette Science Museum is Acadiana’s way to explore, discover, and experience everything the earth (and beyond) has to offer. You can find it at 433 Jefferson Street in the heart of downtown Lafayette.