Experience Space Day on Sat, Mar. 2  at the Armory


Space Day
Sat • Mar. 2 • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. • All Ages
Johnson County Armory • 325 Minuteman Way, Franklin, IN 46131
Join us as we explore space and learn about the upcoming eclipse. For All Ages.
Thanks to Festival Country and the JCPL Foundation, eclipse glasses will be available to those who attend on a first-come, first-served basis.

Schedule of Events

SkyDome Planetarium

  • Free Timed Entrance Ticket Needed
     (pick up a ticket the day of the event)
    o On the hour 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., break at 1 p.m.

Indiana Astronomical Society

  • Learn about Telescopes: Drop-in 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.
  • Total Eclipse Presentation: Noon & 3 p.m.

Purdue Space Program

  • Explore the Red Planet with Mars Perseverance Rover
    o Presentation at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

All Day Activities

TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE

Total Solar Eclipse
Credit: Exploratorium

Johnson County Public Library is gearing up for the next celestial event of the century, the April 8, 2024 Solar Eclipse. This total solar eclipse will cross North America, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada. The duration of totality will be up to 4 minutes and 27 seconds, almost double that of The Great American Eclipse on August 21, 2017.

Eclipse Watching Glasses

Make a Solar Eclipse Viewer
(Countdown to Kindergarten Calendar activity)

Read the Daily Journal article about the eclipse.

Additional information about the upcoming events surrounding the eclipse is available at Festival Country's website or Visit Indiana.

This will be a great opportunity for our community to celebrate science with fun displays and hands-on activities, culminating in the total solar eclipse event on April 8, 2024. 

Eclipse Programs & Events

A limited number of eclipse viewing glasses will be available for program attendees.

Great North American Eclipse
Sat • Jan. 27 • 2-3 p.m. • FRB • All Ages
Eclipse expert Dan McGlaun will be presenting information on the upcoming total eclipse.

Solar Eclipse T-Shirt
Sat • Mar. 2 • 1-2 p.m. • FRB • Teens
Bring a black t-shirt and use bleach to create a solar eclipse design. A limited number of eclipse viewing glasses will be available for program attendees. While supplies last. One pair per attendee. This program fulfills step 5 of the Sky Badge for Girl Scout Seniors.

Eclipse Science with Franklin College
Wed • Mar. 6 • 4:30 p.m. • FRB • School-Age
Wed • Mar. 6 • 6:30 p.m. • FRB • Teens, Adults

Voices from the Past Storyteller Series: Caty Pilachowski
Sat • Mar 9 • 1:30 p.m. Johnson County Museum of History
Caty Pilachowski, chair of the Indiana University department of Astronomy, will discuss the upcoming total solar eclipse.  

DIY Eclipse Pinhole Viewer
Wed • Mar. 20 • 5-7 p.m. • CPB • All Ages
At this drop-in event, learn how to make an eclipse pinhole viewer to safely view the upcoming total solar eclipse. Materials will be provided. A limited number of eclipse viewing glasses will be available for program attendees. While supplies last. One pair per attendee.

Crafty Kids
Fri • Mar. 22 • 4:30 p.m. • WRB • School-Age
Calling all kid artists, grades K to 5! Come create with us. We'll have new materials and a new project each month. All supplies provided - please dress for a mess.

Family Storytime: Moonbear's Shadow: Learning About Eclipses
Sat • Mar. 23 • 10-11 a.m. • CPB
Have fun and be creative together! Enjoy "Moonbear's Shadow" by Frank Asch, songs and activities with your family. We will be learning about how eclipses happen. Child's caregiver required. A limited number of eclipse viewing glasses will be available for program attendees. While supplies last. One pair per attendee.

Moon Lamp
Mon • Mar. 25 • 5-7 p.m. • CPB • School-Age
Bring the night sky into your bedroom by making your own moon lamp. Registration required.

Indiana Astronomical Society presents the Solar Eclipse
Tue • Mar. 26 • 5:30 p.m. • WRB • All Ages
The solar eclipse will be on April 8, so come listen to the Indiana Astronomical Society's presentation on this event! Eclipse glasses will be provided. Registration required.

Slime Time
Thu • Mar. 28 • 4:30 p.m. • WRB • School-Age
Concoct a new slime every month. Registration required.

Solar Eclipse Storytime
Tue • Apr. 2 • 10 a.m. • CPB
Have fun together at our Solar Eclipse Storytime! Enjoy eclipse-themed stories, crafts, songs and more. Designed for ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Child's caregiver required.

Kids Cooking
Tue • Apr. 2 • 4:30 p.m. • CPB • School-Age
Get ready for the upcoming solar eclipse. We'll share stories about the moon and make edible moon rocks with dark chocolate chips and honey! Registration required. 

Solar Eclipse Storytime
Wed • Apr. 3 • 10 a.m. • FRB
Have fun together at our Solar Eclipse Storytime! Enjoy eclipse-themed stories, crafts, songs and more. Designed for ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Child's caregiver required.  

Solar Eclipse Storytime
Thu • Apr. 4 • 10 a.m. • WRB
Fri • Apr. 5 • 10 a.m. • WRB
Have fun together at our Solar Eclipse Storytime! Enjoy eclipse-themed stories, crafts, songs and more. Designed for ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Child's caregiver required.

Moon Watercolor
Thu • Apr. 4 • 6-7 p.m. • TRB • Adults
Create your own watercolor moon painting in honor of the eclipse. All supplies provided. Registration required. 

Saturday STEAM: Eclipse Fun
Sat • Apr. 6 • 10 a.m. • CPB • All Ages
Eclipse excitement is here! Complete eclipse themed STEAM activities and earn a pair of eclipse viewing glasses (while supplies last).