Public Events

Public Events


Earth, Sea & Sky Day Open House!  A celebration of Earth and Astronomy Day                                                                                                         

Saturday, April 21st, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

To celebrate National Astronomy Day AND Earth Day Challenger is hosting a FREE, family-friendly SCIENCE open house featuring hands-on activities for kids ages 3-94! Learn how to be a better steward of our Earth as well as other relevant astronomy topics, all through easy interactive activities that spark your child's interest in science, engineering and more! Throughout the day we will run Planetarium shows every 15 minutes. 

Help us feed a child's desire to learn by participating in Challenger's Food Drive. Families are encouraged to bring one or more non-perishable food items to support the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. For a list of acceptable items click here.

Registration is not required. However, if you REGISTER ONLINE we will enter your name in a DRAWING TO WIN a one of a kind Earth, Sea and Sky Day Gift Basket. ** Winner must be present. 

Special thanks to our Partners in Education, ArcelorMittal. 

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September 22, 2018 - GLOW Space Race!

 - InSpIrInG. EXpLorInG. LeArNiNg. -

The Challenger Learning Center proudly invites you to sponsor its mission by supporting the 7th Annual GLOW Space Race 5k Run/Walk. This family-friendly, glow-in-the-dark run/walk will "blast off" the evening of Saturday September 22nd  from the Challenger Learning Center in Hammond. Hundreds of runners and walkers of all ages will see that you support our mission to INSPIRE THE NEXT GENERATION OF EXPLORERS!  

Click here to view the 2017 Space Race Event Page!


Winter Wonder-LAB and Planetarium Shows - DECEMBER 2018


Valentines Date Night, Fly Your Sweetie to the Moon!

This event was cancelled due to weather conditions and the closing of Purdue Northwest campus. 

Cost: $50.00/couple

Why should the kids get all the fun?

Join us for our very popular annual adult event, Fly Your Sweetie to the Moon! This is a 90-minute simulated space mission, where you and your partner will spend time in our unique Spacecraft environment, and work on tasks designed to see if you have "The Right Stuff"! You'll also experience an amazing Laser Show in our full-dome Planetarium. 

All participants will be entered in a drawing for: One Night Stay at Ameristar Casino AND Dinner at Bugatti's Steak and Pasta Italian Restaurant.