Budding astronomers will have stars in their eyes with these ideas. / Photodisc/Getty Images
No one can resist a summer night sky. Whether its pull is magical or scientific, stargazing opens up a universe of learning opportunities.
The first stop for families should be the Association of Children’s Museums, a top resource for children-friendly planetariums across the country. (childrensmuseums.org)
For early readers/listeners, If You Decide to Go to the Moon captures the facts and the poetry of space travel as a boy journeys to the moon and back. (Ages 4-8, $16.99)
Established readers will enjoy George’s Secret Key to the Universe. Written by renowned physicist Stephen Hawking and his daughter Lucy, the book harnesses “no way!” moments of scientific discovery and puts them in easy-to-understand language.(Ages 9-12, $17.99)
And for the digital backyard explorer, Star Walk ($4.99) and Solar Walk 3D ($2.99) are not-to-be-missed astronomy apps. (Ages 5+, iTunes)