South Coast residents will only see a partial solar eclipse Monday morning, but that’s still significant! Here are some ideas for fun this weekend and beyond.
Max out at Moxi
Moxi, Santa Barbara’s newest museum, celebrates exploration and innovation in a way that engages both kids and adults. Don’t miss their Sky Garden, an open-air area with dazzling views and interactive exhibits including a Weather Orchestra which is driven by sun, wind, and human power. Volunteers from the Astronomical Unit Club will have telescopes there Monday morning for public viewing, which is free with admission.
Visit anytime to enjoy this truly innovative space filled with wonders. You can’t help but learn something while having fun playing the giant guitar, running test flights in the wind column, designing and racing your own toy cars, mixing colors in the kaleidoscope-like Color Mixing Machine, launching air rockets and much more. (770-5000, www.moxi.org)
Learn about both the sun and the moon on Friday during a Science on Site event at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History’s Palmer Observatory on Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Astronomy Program Manager Javier Rivera will be on hand to explain the eclipse and other solar events. See images from their 20-inch telescope, create a solar eclipse model and an August moon chart and receive eclipse safety glasses (while they last). The observatory is located on the museum’s grounds. Free with paid admission.
“Secrets of the Sun” is the featured attraction in the museum’s Gladwin Planetarium on Saturday at noon, where you experience the power of the sun and its impact on the planets and ultimately life on Earth. It traces the sun’s life cycle, going back to its beginnings and moving forward in time to its eventual death. Don’t worry, it’s not for a long time. Cost is $4 with museum admission (recommended for kids aged 8 and older).
On Monday, watch the eclipse live from 9 to 11:45 a.m. at the observatory. Eclipse viewing glasses are available, while supplies last. This is before museum hours, so meet at the Whale Skeleton for directions to the observatory. No ticket is needed. (682-4711, www.sbnature.org)
'GoldenEye' at night
Pierce Brosnan had his first outing as James Bond in the 1995 thriller “GoldenEye,” and Judi Dench’s first turn as “M,” Bond’s superior at MI-6. You can also spot Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid in the “Harry Potter” movies), Sean Bean (his Ned Stark lost his head in “Game of Thrones”) and Alan Cummings (Eli Gold in “The Good Wife”). This film contains an unintentionally hilarious scene in which vixen Xenia Onatopp kills a man with her thighs during an intimate moment. Later, she turns her attention to Bond, purring “Enjoy it while it lasts.” “The very words I live by,” he quips. See it on the big screen, for free, outside at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse on Friday at 8:30 p.m.