I don’t know if the Solar Eclipse of 2017 is getting a lot of hype where you live but here in Portland, Oregon, it’s getting crazy! Our State Governor just recently authorized 150 National Guard soldiers + airmen to be deployed prior to the event in preparations for the one million visitors that are estimated to arrive. I even found one article from back in November of 2016 that claimed all campsites + cabins within the path of totality sold out less than one hour after Oregon Parks + Recreation opened them up for reservations. That’s nuts!
So yeah, it’s going to be bananas up here. I’m planning on doing a big grocery run days before the eclipse so we can just hunker down at the house that day + stay out of the way of the tourists + visitors. I’ve already picked up solar viewing glasses for our family to wear during the eclipse. They’re available EVERYWHERE right now but I imagine they’ll sell out at some point.
In fact, it was when I was purchasing the glasses that I had the idea to peruse Netflix to see what I could find + share with my children regarding the eclipse + general celestial education.I’d say the big winner was most definitely Space Racers. The kids are enjoying the entire series but if you’re interested in showing your kids a great demonstration + explanation of an eclipse, then S1: E2, Total Eclipse, is the one to watch.
I visited the series’ website + found tons of space related learning tools. I printed off the Sun + Planets Matching Game and let the kids have a little friendly competition.
Space Racers isn’t the only series on Netflix that is offering up celestial education.Check out Bill Nye, the Science Guy. On Episode 8, The Sun, “Bill sheds light on solar flares, eclipses, sunspots fusion + solar energy.”
Are there any Little Einsteins fans out there?! The first season has two episodes where the super smart crew climb aboard Rocket + head into space for some out of this world adventures. Check out S1: E1, Ring Around the Planet + S1: E28, A Galactic Goodnight.
And don’t forget about The Magic School Bus series. While I couldn’t find an episode directed related to eclipse education, there are two episodes chock full of fun filled space adventures: S2: E11 , Out of This World + S4: E7, Sees Stars.
Have you heard?! A new Netflix Original The Magic School Bus Rides Again is the works! In the upcoming series, Ms. Frizzle’s sister, Fiona Frizzle, is the lady behind the wheel + the character is voiced by the one + only Kate McKinnon. I can’t wait! #AllThe90sRevivals
Moms + Dads, I don’t want to leave you out, so how about streaming the series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey to up your galactic game. Check out S1: E8, Sisters of the Sun.
Now the whole family is set for some Epic Ecliptic Fun! #NetflixAndEclipse Only three weeks to go!
I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team + this post is sponsored by Netflix. However, the opinions + ideas expressed here are my own.