A manifesto for ‘lazy’ parents, plus some stargazing (May 10)

May 8, 2008

The idle parent is a thrifty parent. We don’t work too hard and therefore we can’t expect to be rolling in cash. With thrift comes creativity. — Tom Hodgkinson

That quote is from an interesting essay in The Telegraph, a U.K. newspaper that’s beginning a column on what the essayist calls “idle parenting.”  For details, read the article here.

And now, on to today’s events.  Whether you go, or choose to stay home and read a magazine while your kids play in the yard, is up to you!

The James S. McDonnell Planetarium, part of the St. Louis Science Center, has several noteworthy events coming up this month and next.  The first is on Saturday (May 10), which happens to be National Astronomy Day.  From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the planetarium, in conjunction with the St. Louis Astronomical Society, opens its doors for free for telescope demos, presentations and sun viewing.  I’ve never had the opportunity to view the sun, which sounds very cool.  My husband, an amateur radio operator, is somewhat obsessive about keeping up on news of sunspots and sun cycles, so I have heard about many things I’d like to see.

Later this month, on May 25 at 6 p.m., the planetarium will offer a live feed from NASA of the Mars Phoenix Lander touching down.  Those in attendance will be seeing the first footage from the lander along with the scientists, which is a neat opportunity — and free, which of course makes it better for idle, thrifty, creative parents!  (Go on up and read the article, if you haven’t already!)

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