Solar Eclipse Viewing Events for Families

People across the country will get a rare celestial treat on Monday, August 21: the first total solar eclipse in 99 years. Central Florida gets to see the phenomenon at 85% totality, and plenty of places around Orlando are setting up viewing areas for families. This is a perfect opportunity to make memories with your kids and spark their interest in science!

Words by Anna Karasik

Orlando Science Center

Head to Orlando Science Center from 1-4 p.m. on August 21 to get a safe view of the eclipse using special glasses and a solar telescope. There will also be eclipse-themed crafts and hands-on sensory activities that younger astronomers will love! It’s all included with general admission, and as always, free for OSC Members!

OSC staff will also be at several free pop-up viewing locations throughout Central Florida.

Confirmed pop-up viewing spots:

  • Central Park West Meadow in Winter Park
  • Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Click here to check for new pop-up locations. RSVP on Facebook.

Select Orange County Libraries

The Orange County Library System is hosting plenty of eclipse events for kids throughout August. At “Eclipse Across America,” kids learn about the eclipse while doing crafts and other activities.

Several library branches will also be hosting viewing parties on August 21, including:

  • Alafaya Branch
  • Eatonville Branch
  • Southwest Branch
  • Winter Garden Branch

View all OCLS eclipse events here.

Bok Tower Gardens

In honor of this rare event, Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales is hosting its own viewing party. The first 400 visitors on August 21 will get a pair of glasses for safe viewing. Arrive early to snag your family’s glasses, then enjoy the gardens until peak viewing time hits at about 2:45 p.m.!

RSVP on Facebook.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

It should go without saying that the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is pulling out all the stops for this solar eclipse! If you are able to make the trek down to Cape Canaveral, you will be treated with more than just a safe and clear viewing. Experts will be on site to answer questions, and young space explorers can take part in other entertaining activities to learn more about the eclipse.

It’s all included with general admission to the complex! RSVP on Facebook.

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