From hands-on activities about space exploration to Worcester's annual Earth Day Celebration, the EcoTarium's annual Earth Week will be packed with fun for the whole family. This year's Earth Week theme, "Blast Off!," looks at how humans explore the universe -- from rocket ships and robots to satellites and space probes. Activities include launching stomp rockets, playing the "Cosmic Quiz Show," maneuvering remote-controlled robots, exploring the science of firing space probes, and making a model Earth orbiter to take home. Interactive activities and demonstrations will be scheduled throughout each day, and most Earth Week activities are free with EcoTarium admission. In addition, a full schedule of space-themed films and live programs will be shown in the EcoTarium's Alden Digital Planetarium throughout the week (additional fee applies). Earth Week at the EcoTarium culminates on Friday, April 19 with the annual Earth Day Celebration, one of Worcester's most popular events of the year. All visitors enjoy half price admission and a day of family and earth-friendly activities and entertainment, including Chuck and Mud and musicians from the Joy of Music Program. Tues., April 16 - Fri., Thurs., 18, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Adults, $14; ages 2-18, $8; ages 65+, $10; students with ID, $10. Earth Day Celebration, April 19, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; admission half price. The EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester. www.ecotarium.org
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