Review: One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure
Location: Albert Einstein Planetarium, National Air & Space Museum
Showtimes: 10:30am Fridays & the first Saturday and Sunday of the month
Duration: 20 minutes
I must admit I wasn’t too excited about going to this show. I’ve known about it for many months but only recently caught it during the National Air & Space Museum’s Tots Rock! event. Now I’m kicking myself for not going to see it sooner. And, am planning to see it again!
The Albert Einstein Planetarium is absolutely amazing. The 360 degree screen, first-of- its-kind Sky Vision dual digital projection system and six-channel digital surround sound make you feel as if you’re engulfed by the night sky. The show is definitely produced with the little ones in mind so there’s no need to be concerned about the sound leaving them a bit shaken.
One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure features Big Bird, Elmo and their friend from China Hu Hu Zhu and was developed for children ages 4-6. Big Bird and friends take children on a ride to space, using their imagination, where they locate the Big Dipper, North Star and the Moon. Once on the moon, they explore the many ways the moon’s environment is different from Earth’s. Big Bird, Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu then realize that even though they live in two different countries, we all share the same sky. During this journey children are introduced to basic science concepts in a way that educates, yet fascinates them. My children (ages 8, 4 and 2) have not stopped asking questions about space, stars, the moon, Earth and China since seeing the show. As a parent, I found it refreshing how correct, scientific terminology was used in age-appropriate ways. This is definitely a must-see!
Tip: Although the show is free, you must still retrieve tickets from the museum’s box office. Get there at least 30 minutes before show time to secure your seat or order tickets in advance by phone (202-633-4629) for a nominal fee ($2). Doors close PROMPTLY at 10:30 with no one allowed in or out during the show.
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