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The Mann Center for the Performing Arts
5201 Parkside Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19131
For one full day, the Mann campus will be transformed into a space-themed park with space-inspired face painting, hands-on science experiments, global performances on four stages, roving life-sized Star Wars™ characters and more! The day concludes with a free screening of Hidden Figures.
The Space Shuttle/Please Touch Museum Traveling Exhibition
The Please Touch’s Museum Imagination Playground is an innovative exhibition that encourages learning, social development, movement, and above all fun. Imagination Playground blocks combine all of the benefits of block play on a larger-than-life-size scale that encourages kids to play together in groups and have more fun. Using a portable set of blocks, big and small, PTM Museum Educators and staff will facilitate guided play to encourage families to imagine and build vehicles and tools needed for space travel at the Mann Center’s Super Solar Saturday Festival.
Science 2 the Max Audience Engagement Presentations
This is your chance to participate in interactive science experiments related to matter, static electricity, Newton’s three laws of motion, chemical reactions and forensic science. Led by Science 2 the Max, an educational organization that specializes in teaching science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) through exciting interactive play, science experiments and child friendly entertainment.
The Science 2 the Max presentations are all aligned with Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
Live Global Performances
Local artists will be presented on three performance stages throughout the Mann’s campus, continuing the Mann’s commitment to identifying and providing performance opportunities for burgeoning young talent!
Main Stage Performances:
The Rock School for Dance Education
Korean American Dance & Music Ensemble
Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble
Zen One Caperioa
Sun Lion Dancers
Garrison Carida® is a chapter of the 501st Legion serving Pennsylvania and Delaware that participates in a wide array of charity and non-profit events throughout the community. The 501st Legion consists of Star Wars re-enactors who freely volunteer their time to help others while celebrating the exciting world of Star Wars. Attendees to our festival will be able to interact directly with their favorite iconic figure from the popular film series, as ten fully costumed characters will be moving about the Mann Center campus throughout the festival day!
The day will conclude with a FREE community screening of HIDDEN FIGURES. This Golden Globe®-winner and Academy Award®-nominated film reveals the untold story of NASA mathematicians Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson, three ingenious African American women who worked behind the scenes to help launch astronaut John Glenn into outer space.
Super Solar Saturday is a prelude to the Great American Eclipse scheduled for Monday, August 21.