Free, family event at Melaleuca Field for eclipse

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - A free, family event will be hosted at Melaleuca Field, 900 Jim Garchow Way, Idaho Falls, during the eclipse on August 21. 

The first 5,000 people through the gate will receive a free pair of eclipse glasses. No outside food or beverage is allowed; however, food will be for sale throughout the event.

A complete schedule below:

8:30 a.m. - Gates open.

9:00 a.m. - 9:35 a.m. - Formal events start with the Max Goes to the Moon movie projected on the jumbotron.

9:35 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. - Presentation by astronaut Alvin Drew.

10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Partial eclipse phase; we'll have presentations and discussion by our scientist panel of Jeffrey Bennett, Erica Ellingson and Nick Schneider while you watch the progression of the eclipse.

11:33 a.m. - 11:35 a.m. - Eclipse totality.

11:40 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - The final partial eclipse phase, which ends at 12:58 p.m. During this time, we'll answer questions, and you can enjoy lunch and the post-eclipse atmosphere.

THROUGHOUT - You'll find tables with activities and information from NASA, Big Kid Science, Story Time From Space, the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and the Idaho National Lab K-12 STEM station.

If you have questions about the event, call 208-522-8363.

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