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About Family ASTRO

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Family ASTRO logo 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.

Click here to 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:

girls doing activityFamily ASTRO Links

Getting Involved and Frequently Asked Questions

For Educators and Astronomers
For Families and Friends
So You Want to Start a Family ASTRO Site?
Donating to Family ASTRO

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

Race to the Planets gameFamily 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

A Sampling of Hands-On Family ASTRO Activities
Suggested Family ASTRO Event Agendas

Resource Guides

Resource Lists and Background Reading
More Tips on Leading Astronomy Events and Working with Families


NSF logoWe gratefully acknowledge the Informal Science Education Division of the National Science Foundation for their generous support of the Family ASTRO program.

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