Events

Astronomy Clubs and Summer Camps

The Observatory is home to an astronomy-themed kids' club called Cosmic Kids. Each month we have a new and exciting topic from the wonderful universe.  It is open to kids grades K-7 (members and the public). Go to one meeting or the entire series. Details and topics are below. 

The Cincinnati Observatory is partnering with the Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) for four astronomy-themed weeks of space camp this Summer. Kids can explore science, technology, history and the arts through creative activities and games. The camps at the Observatory are detailed below. Registration is now open at the Cincinnati Museum Center Camp Page

This summer we are offering camp scholarships to assist students who want to attend the summer camps. For more information, please see: Olivia Erhardt Camp Scholarship Form 

Cosmic Kids

February 15, March 21, April 18, May 16, 2020
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Monthly Kids Club

At the Cincinnati Observatory

Explore the cosmos during our new multi-disciplinary meeting which help grades K-7th learn and discover topics in astronomy and investigate the wonders beyond our world. These classes meet one Saturday each month and are open to members and non-members. You may decide to take one class or the entire class series. You may also decide to stay with your child for the class or drop them off and pick them up after, parents will not be charged as participants.

Date and Topics:

January 18: Telescopes

Take a tour of our two historic telescopes and find out how telescopes work. If the clouds stay away we’ll even safely look at the Sun with a telescope!

February 15: Venus

Since we just had Valentine’s Day, lets learn all about the planet named for the Roman goddess of love!

March 21: Aliens

Let’s explore the universe and talk about where scientists may be looking for life in space.

April 18: Astronauts

Are you ready to become a space explorer? Learn about living in space and get to sample some astronaut food.

 May 16: Rockets

Blast off! Learn a little about rocket design and aerodynamics and then make your very own water bottle rocket.

         K-3rd Graders meet from 9-10am
         4th-7th Graders meet from 11am-Noon

Class prices are:

$3.00 per participant per class for members
$10.00 per participant per class for non-members.

Reservations required by calling 513-321-5186 or

Living in Space

June 1, June 2, June 3, June 4, June 5, 2020
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Summer Camp For Grades K-1

At the Cincinnati Observatory

Do you have what it takes to be an astronaut? Put your skills to the test as you explore what astronauts need to live in outer space. Engineer solutions to future space exploration challenges and blast off during our rocket launch at the end of camp!  Sign up today through the Cincinnati Museum Center website.

Mission to Mars

June 1, June 2, June 3, June 4, June 5, 2020
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Summer Camp For Grades 2-5

At the Cincinnati Observatory

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to figure out how to take astronauts to Mars for the very first time. Once humans arrive on the Red Planet, you’ll work with your fellow space campers to build a Mars habitat and solve problems through challenge-based projects. Sign up today through the Cincinnati Museum Center website.

Spectacular Solar System

June 8, June 9, June 10, June 11, June 12, 2020
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Summer Camp For Grades K-1

At the Cincinnati Observatory

There are eight magnificent planets in our solar system, but what happened to our ninth planet? Could we still discover other planets? Find out as we explore our solar system and learn what makes our planet special. Then blast off during our rocket launch at the end of camp! Sign up today through the Cincinnati Museum Center Website.

Future Astronauts

June 8, June 9, June 10, June 11, June 12, 2020
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Summer Camp For Grades 2-5

At the Cincinnati Observatory

Your training begins here! Discover the science behind space exploration, prepare your crew and your ship for a journey to the stars, then blast off during our rocket launch at the end of camp!Sign up today through the Cincinnati Museum Center website.

Mission to Mars

June 15, June 16, June 17, June 18, June 19, 2020
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Summer Camp For Grades K-1

At the Cincinnati Observatory

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to figure out how to take astronauts to Mars for the very first time. Once humans arrive on the Red Planet, you’ll work with your fellow space campers to build a Mars habitat and solve problems through challenge-based projects. Sign up today through the Cincinnati Museum Center Website.

Rocket Science

June 15, June 16, June 17, June 18, June 19, 2020
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Summer Camp For Grades 2-5

At the Cincinnati Observatory

All systems are go for launch! As part of our crew, you’ll learn about the science behind rockets, rovers and more! Design your own bottle rocket throughout the week as you discover more about NASA’s space program.. Sign up today through the Cincinnati Museum Center Website.

Space Explorers

June 22, June 23, June 24, June 25, June 26, 2020
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Summer Camp For Grades K-1

At the Cincinnati Observatory

Travel to outer space without leaving Earth! Learn about the telescopes that let us see galaxies far, far away and the way modern scientists are exploring space today.Sign up today through the Cincinnati Museum Center Website.

Future Astronauts

June 22, June 23, June 24, June 25, June 26, 2020
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Summer Camp For Grades 2-5

At the Cincinnati Observatory

Your training begins here! Discover the science behind space exploration, prepare your crew and your ship for a journey to the stars and then blast off during our rocket launch at the end of camp! Sign up today through the Cincinnati Museum Center Website.