Kids ages 3 to 5, some out-of-this-world new fun has come to town – Geauga Park District’s quarterly Astrotots programming at Observatory Park!

Make sure your child is among the first class to enjoy Astrotots by registering for one of these sessions: Wednesday, August 23, 10 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m., or Saturday, August 26, 1 to 2 p.m. Registration is available at or 440-286-9516.

Astrotots’ premier will have you laughing as you learn about lots and lots of animals that have been launched into outer space! Where did they go? Why did they go? Come and you’ll know!

Each hour-long Astrotots gathering will follow a fun and informative format including pre-flight folly, spacey songs, far-out facts, intergalactic games, cosmic crafts and re-entry reading, plus a short journey into outer space via Observatory Park’s amazing digital planetarium! A new astronomy theme will debut each quarter.

Retired Lake Metroparks naturalist Jann Glove, who will present Astrotots as a Geauga Park District volunteer, was just 5 years old when her uncle let her outside and showed her Sputnik passing overhead in the night sky.

“It was a thrill I will never forget,” she wrote in the spring newsletter, available to read in full at “It was the spark that lit the flame of interest for astronomy within me.

“Hopefully someday, at least one child out there somewhere will become ‘spaced out’ because of some tidbit of knowledge or smidgen of enthusiasm that I was able to pass along to them,” she continued. “I feel that this is my moral obligation, to reach out and teach children about space. Long ago, someone did that very thing for me.”