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Space Racer Event This Weekend!

Do you have a pre-schooler or early elementary kid who is interested in space? If so, check out this great event coming up this weekend in the Bloomington-Normal area. From the Challenger Learning Center:

The Challenger Learning Center (CLC) at Heartland Community College in Normal, Illinois is inviting kids aged three through seven to “za-za-zooooom” with Space Racers®, a new animated preschool series. The free event, called Space Racers: Stars & Planets, takes place Saturday, January 17 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the CLC, 1500 W. Raab Road, Normal.

Space Racers® follows young spaceship cadets as they soar through the Solar System, learning about the power of scientific investigation and observation, the wonders of space exploration and the importance of working together as a team. NASA scientists and astronauts assisted in the development of the series, which airs locally on Illinois Public Media WILL-TV Sundays at 9:30 a.m. and nationwide on APT and PBS stations.

Flight Director Susan Evens hopes the event will introduce preschool and young children to fun things at the CLC.

At the Space Racers® event, attendees will have the opportunity to watch several episodes and participate in hands-on science activities.  Space Racers Co-Creator and Executive Producer, Julian Cohen, will also share a behind-the-scenes look at how each animated character was brought to life.

“We’re so excited to be working with the CLC,” said Cohen. “Our stories tap into children’s curiosity to discover and learn about our solar system, which falls directly in line with the mission of the CLC.”

Although the event is free, registration is requested and can be completed online at or by calling Community Ed at (309) 268-8160.

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