On March 26th the EmPoWER Family Success Center (FSC) and the Astronomy Club of Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) hosted their second collaborative event in 2015, the ‘Out of this World’ Family Fun Night. With the additional support of the Bio/Chem Club and the Planetarium staff at RVCC, near 200 residents of Somerset County enjoyed a complimentary showing of Perfect Little Planet as well as a plethora of scientific games and activities.
Families had the opportunity to participate in a scavenger hunt and peruse the gift shop in the planetarium lobby prior to the show. They also enjoyed, “stellar,” activities led by RVCC science club members where they detected constellations, sorted objects in the universe by size, crafted ultra violet beaded bracelets, and built models of the solar system using stickers. Astronomy Club president, Laura Nicholson stated, “My experience collaborating with the EmPoWER Family Success Center, for both the family night at the Planetarium and the previous Little Scientists event, has been both eye-opening and inspiring. I really value being able to provide my fellow students with opportunities to share their knowledge of science and give back to their community”.
Refreshments were served throughout the event by the EmPoWER FSC volunteers so that families could share a snack while exploring many engaging activities before settling in for an “out of this world” show. One happy event attendee, Susan Jane Juliano, who participated with her family remarked “A truly lovely evening, [they] all do great work to bring such wonderful programs to the community.”
The EmPoWER Family Success Center is a community gathering place that provides free family fun activities, workshops and connects families to local resources. The EmPoWERFSC holds at least one free family fun night each month throughout Somerset County.
To learn more, contact the EmPoWER Family Success Center at (908) 722-4400 or online at www.empowerfsc.com or www.facebook.com/empowerfsc.
The EmPoWER Family Success Center is a program of EmPoWER Somerset, a nonprofit organization that develops and implements strategies to create healthier communities within Somerset County.
For more information about Raritan Valley Community College, visit www.raritanval.edu.