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KIDS | Blast Off Break Week 

If you're about to have the kiddos home from school for the holiday stretch, you might be considering ways to keep them busy. The Strong Museum is hosting Blast Off Break Week during the academic recess, with a special spotlight on space. Kids can explore the ongoing Be the Astronaut exhibit, which has visitors engage with virtual experts to plan interplanetary missions. Kids can also craft origami space shuttles, and check out space-related artifacts including a Gemini 8 spacecraft and real spacesuits.

Blast Off Break Week takes place from Saturday, December 22, through Monday, December 31, at The Strong Museum, 1 Manhattan Square Drive. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. All activities are included with general museum admission ($16 for ages 2 and up; free to kids under 2). 263-2700;


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