The Tech Museum of Innovation
201 S. Market St.
San Jose, CA 95113
Date: Oct. 19, 2013 through Feb. 23, 2014
The Tech Museum of Innovation presents the final stop of the international tour of “Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination,” featuring all things “Star Wars” from the six films. Experience first-hand the real-world technologies that defy gravity, manipulate robots and engineer droids. Filmmaker George Lucas sold LucasFilm last December to Disney and the next installment is in the works with plans including original stars like Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. Luke Skywalker’s landspeeder will be on display for the first time along with Darth Vader’s helmet and an original Yoda puppet. Meanwhile, get your thrills from the costumes, models and props from the last 30 years and actively engage using interactive exhibits and design labs. See real-world starships — actual vehicles and prototypes — plus robots including Troody and a floor-vaccuuming Rhoomba. If you like space travel, mechanical prosthetics, robotics or levitation technology, this “Star Wars” exhibit is made for you.
Hiller Aviation Museum
601 Skyway Road
San Carlos, CA 94070
Date: May 4, 2013
The Hiller Aviation Museum on May 4 hosts a fly-in of an amphibious plane and let’s the public fly seaplanes in the flight simulator lab. Hiller Aviation invites all ages to dynamic events including summer aviation camps, a weather merit badge camp, a live bird show, gourmet food truck days, a constellation show and an airport open house, “Soar with Books” and bookmobiles. Guests may fly to the museum and the airport provides wheelchair and disabled access.
The Search For Life On Other Planets with an Update from the Mars Curiosity Rover
1205 Soquel Ave.
Santa Cruz, 95062
Date: May 23, 2013
Lick Observatory co-presents Dr. Christopher Mckay who speaks at the Rio Theatre on the Search for Life on Other Planets with an Update from Mars Curiosity Rover. The observatory’s parent entity co-sponsors this Halliday Lecture in Santa Cruz. Meanwhile, enjoy the Lick Observatory’s view of the Santa Clara Valley from the parking lot at 4,209 feet. Bring a picnic lunch to eat in your car. Visitors take the self-guided tour in the gallery housing the 40-inch telescope. The 2013 summer visitors program features concert nights with speakers and music plus new overnights for star gazers.
De Anza College
21250 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Cupertino, CA 95014
Fujitsu Planetarium at De Anza College shows a constellation of astronomy programs along with a galaxy of laser shows set to classic rock. Actor Mark Hammill narrates the astronomy show “Stars” and Liam Neesan narrates “Black Holes.” New shows include aeronautics with “Flight Adventures,” featuring a young girl and her grandfather as they explore flight, from birds to kites and models and planes. Private groups such as those on field trips have the option of laser shows which play to music by Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin, the Grateful Dead, Radiohead, AC/DC, the Beatles, Hendrix and U2. These laser shows resume for the public in the fall and the planetarium stages Halloween and holiday shows.
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Cindy Warner is a freelance writer and a San Francisco Bay Area native. Cindy has covered SF theater and opera for Examiner.com via her bicycle since January 2009. Check out her work on Examiner.com.