Does May 4th mean anything to you? If you’re a Star Wars fan it should! May 4th is known as Star Wars Day, and this year, it’s definitely a day worth celebrating. With a new film set to release this December and a new space gallery opening this month at the Museum Center, it’s a great time to be a Star Wars fan! And that’s just the tip of the
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Here are 7 ways you can Celebrate Star Wars Day in Cincinnati:
Celebrate with Star Wars superfan Chris Reiff
Take your preschoolers to Blue Manatee on May 4 for Star Wars Day at the Manatee. Meet Star Wars expert, author and designer Chris Reiff for BMLP’s Star War’s Day Celebration on May 4th! Chris is a co-author on the upcoming Star Wars Tie Fighters Owners Workshop Manual. He also contributed to The Essential Atlas and the Millennium Falcon Owner’s Workshop Manual, and co-illustrated Star Wars Blueprints: The Ultimate Collection and Star Wars Blueprints: Rebel Edition.
Cheer on the Reds!
For diehard SW fans and Reds heads, consider the Star Wars Ticket Package. STAR WARS™ Night is Friday, May 31, and we have a feeling the Force will be on the Reds side as they face the Washington Nationals. A squadron of characters from the film will be available for photo opportunities around the ballpark, and after the game, continue the celebration of a galaxy far-far away with a STAR WARS™ themed Fireworks Friday presented by Coca-Cola.This special package includes a limited-edition Darth Vader bobblehead plus your ticket to the May 31 game.
On May 4 from 1-3 pm, join artists and illustrators from the Cincinnati Fan Art Collective at the Main Library for a celebration of all things Star Wars. Enjoy crafts, games and other hands-on activities. Plus, check out a special art exhibit and awards ceremony for the May the Fourth Art Contest for kids and teens. This event will take place in the Children’s Library and TeenSpot. All ages are welcome. No registration is required.
If you’re into all things Kenner, you have to check out the Lehmkuhl brothers’ Toy Hoarders website. This duo buys Star Wars toys and collectables, and shares the love with an encyclopedic virtual museum cataloging all their finds!
Here in Cincinnati, we have not one, but two amazing spots dedicated to outer space! At Drake Planetarium, check out the optical star projector and 180-degree projection system to see the galaxy in a whole new way. Or, head up the hill to the Cincinnati Observatory, home to one of the oldest working telescopes.
If your kids are anything like mine, they love LEGO. Especially Star Wars LEGO. On May 4, the LEGO Store is offering a free Star Wars-themed LEGO event – register your kids at the store, stat!
The Neil Armstrong Space Exploration Gallery is inspired by Ohio’s historic role in space exploration and leading-edge aerospace industry, inviting intrepid explorers to consider why we should explore space and what it takes to get there. The gallery will open in two phases, with the first opening May 6 and the second slated to open in the fall. The first phase will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission and Armstrong’s giant leap for mankind, utilizing incredible and rare artifacts to help tell the First Man’s story. The gallery blends science and history in a dynamic way that leverages the core strength of Cincinnati Museum Center.