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Lured by a bowl of popcorn laced with Reese's Pieces, our kids were riveted to E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and its premise that life may exist beyond our solar system. Kids easily relate to E.T. because the movie is told from a child's (or perhaps an alien's) point of view. Imagine being left alone on another planet where you didn't speak the language or look like the other kids. Imagine having to make contact with your own planet just to carpool home. Imagine if you met the best friend you've ever had, one who understands you so completely, it's as if you share the same heart. This blockbuster touched viewers the world over and established Steven Spielberg as America's premiere storyteller.
Spielberg's interest in extra-planetary idea life intrigued our whole family. Our kids were intent on figuring out how E.T. found his way to Earth without an interplanetary map quest in his spaceship. We discovered a planetarium in a local college and took our children to a one hour star show. Our kids learned to spot the North Star and the Big Dipper. They discovered that the Milky Way is much more than a candy bar and is the cosmic signpost that ET probably used to identify our solar system from innumerable others. The greatest lesson; however, was the feeling of awe we felt contemplating our little planet orbiting through an expansive universe. In fact, it was the same awe that Spielberg achieves when Elliot's bicycle leaves terra firma at the end of the film. Lost in a black hole of wonder, our kids were ‘star struck' in the original, and best, sense of the word.
Visit a local planetarium or star gaze in your own backyard
Time Allotment: 2 hours
Age Recommendation: For planetarium visits, as long as a child is old enough to stay quiet, all ages.
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