Space Exploration

Olivia is my little space explorer–always telling me facts about the planets, pointing out the Big Dipper to me in the night sky, reminding me that the sun is in fact a star. She loves the subject of space and even convinced her teachers at school to make space the unit of study for the month of February. We recently took her to the Chabot Space Center where I heard lots of gasps and “WHOA! CHECK THIS OUT!” Such a treat after hearing so much talk amongst her friends about boys.

I love that she adores space and only hope that she carries this curiosity with her all through life. Could Olivia be the next Sally Ride? Maybe. Olivia O’Donnell, explorer extraordinaire? Absolutely.

For the budding space explorers in your life, here is a roundup of my favorite space finds (all have received the Olivia nod of approval):


Astronaut Helmet   Constellation Flashlight  |  Au Clair de la Lune Pennant  |  This is the Way to the Moon  |  Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space  |  TwinStar Telescope  |  Space Explorer Patch  |  Big Dipper Little Dipper Shirt Set  |  Exploring Space Shirt  |  Toilet Paper Roll Rocket  |  Solar System Map Print  |  Space Scouts Monthly Subscription  |  Glow-in-the-Dark Stars and Planets

You can read more about our visit to the Chabot Space Center here.

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