Moon night was the debut community event for the Science Center, which opened in late August at St. Charles High School. Moon night observers toured the Earth’s nearest neighbor in the digital dome classroom and examined it up close on the center’s six-foot diameter Science On a Sphere. Outside the dome, children created the moon’s phases using Oreo cookies, designed space patches and launched hand-made rockets.

International Observe the Moon night was the first in a series of special events planned at the Science Center this fall. “One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure,” a 25-minute show featuring Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky, is now showing through October on Monday through Thursdays at 4:30 p.m., 5:45 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and all first and third Saturdays at 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 12 p.m. The show also includes a 20-minute planetary tour and is suitable for all ages. Tickets are required; cost is $10 for adults, $8 for children, seniors and military; and children three and younger are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased online at

Next up is Science Stories, a family story series that explores the science behind folklore and combines storytelling with a digital dome sky presentation. Geraldine Buckley, an award-winning storyteller and educator, will present mythical stories, modern stories and poems about the change of the seasons, the night sky and the constellations. The event is Saturday, Sept. 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and show times are 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Learn more about the event on the Science Center website,

Other upcoming events include:

  • A fall festival featuring a special one-night screening of ‘Super Volcanoes” on Saturday, Oct.18, from 5 to 7pm.; and
  • Flight Night, featuring the movie “Dream to Fly” along with an audience with aviators from 5 to 7 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 1.

The James E. Richmond Science Center contains a state-of-the art digital dome classroom, a discovery lab and Science On a Sphere. It offers a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) resources for all Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students and teachers as well as family events on weekends and evenings.

The center allows students to study the impacts of the environment, such as storms, climate change and ocean currents, on Earth and the atmosphere.