Spinning off of our successful Project ASTRO™ program, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific developed Family ASTRO to help families, youth groups, after-school clubs, and everyone else learn and enjoy some of the exciting ideas that underpin our understanding of the universe. An important aim of the program is to help parents (and other caregivers) to get more involved in their children’s science education, and to spend more time together in active experiments, observations, and discussion.
With funding from the National Science Foundation and the help of astronomers, educators, parents, kids, and game designers, we have put together a series of hands-on activities, thought-provoking discussions, and fun games that allow both children (ages 7 & up) and adults to get involved in some of the key ideas of astronomy. Some are meant for use at special Astronomy Events. Others are for home exploration.
Learn more about the History and Evolution of Family ASTRO. Then use the links below to learn more about how you can get involved in your community:
Getting Involved and Frequently Asked Questions
- For Educators and Astronomers
- For Families and Friends
- So You Want to Start a Family ASTRO Site?
The Family ASTRO National Network
- About the National Network
- Finding and Contacting a National Site Near You
- Contacting National Staff at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Family ASTRO Program Design and Materials
- Family ASTRO Leader Kits (for Educators)
- Family ASTRO Astronomy Events
- Family ASTRO Take-Home Activities (games and kits)
Sample Activities & Agendas
- Resource Lists and Background Reading
- More Tips on Leading Astronomy Events and Working with Families
We gratefully acknowledge the Informal Science Education Division of the National Science Foundation for their generous support of the Family ASTRO program.