Once upon a time Greenville County School District teachers and administrators dreamed of a place where students could learn about science through innovative, hands-on activities. In 1985, Roper Mountain Science Center (RMSC) was born. I’m leaving out a LOT of details because we all know it wasn’t that easy!
The list of places to take your kids in Greenville grows by the day and RMSC was a new experience for our boys. My eleven year old is obsessed with anything science related. It was the perfect outing for us. I’ve heard people rave about Starry Nights, so it’s possible I was more excited than the kids.
The T.C Hooper Planetarium is the newly renovated 360 degree full immersion dome. Every Friday night, RMSC invites you to “enjoy a night under the stars.” Starry Nights features two programs targeting different age groups, as well as a Space Park 360 virtual roller coaster.
The Little Star That Could is a story about an average yellow star in search of his place and purpose in the Solar System. As he encounters other stars along his journey, Little Star learns valuable lessons, including what makes him special. Children of all ages will learn basic information about the Solar System. The Little Star That Could is recommended for children ages 4 and up.
Astronaut, the show the boys and I attended, is recommended for children ages 7 and older. I totally agree with this rating since our six year old got (more than) a little restless. On the other hand, my scientist-in-training, was in heaven. Most of us have not had the opportunity to launch into space. If you have, I would love to meet you! In this National Space Center production, Chad invites us INSIDE HIS BODY for a close-up, personal look at the life of an astronaut. The night we went, even adults with no children attended this informative and educational show. Dear person-with-a-weak-stomach, the screen is constantly moving, so this show may not be for you!
After the planetarium, join astronauts in the Daniel Observatory for a spectacular view through a 23 inch refractor telescope. Built in 1882, for Princeton University, this telescope was used for astronomical research until 1964. It is the eighth largest refractor in North America.