Events

Business After 5 at the Museum- FREE

Thursday, March 14th, 5:00pm

Ever wanted to know more about the business side of the Museum? Learn more about the role the Sparta Museums play in the economy and join us for an event hosted by the Deke Slayton Museum, the Monroe County Museum, and the Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce. Dinner and dessert are provided free of charge and a TRIVIA challenge is open to all who attend!

Mr. Science Program at the Museum- FREE

Thursday, March 21st, 6:30pm- 7:30pm *arrive early if you want a good seat!

A returning favorite! Join us for an all new fun filled science program as Larry Scheckel and Oakley Moser put their physics expertise to the test! This sensational science show will include experiments such as the 300 pound incense burner, soap bubbles, the flying coffee cup, Alka-Seltzer rocket, sound waves, and so much more; all based on scientific principals like Bernoulli’s Principle and Newton’s Laws of Motion! This program is great for kids of all ages-from 4 to 104 and is free and open to everyone! Each child will receive a free gift.

Bike Decorating Contest- Red, white, and blue!- FREE, at the Butterfest Grounds (Sparta)

Saturday, June 8th, – REGISTRATION: 3pm- 4pm, JUDGING: 4pm- 4:30pm, WINNERS ANNOUNCED at 4:30pm 

Join us during Sparta’s annual Butterfest Celebration and enter your bike in the Red, White, & Blue Decorating Contest! Bring your bike, fully decorated in patriotic colors, to the Butterfest fairgrounds by the Craft Booths in Sparta’s Memorial Park (just look for the Deke Slayton statue!) on Saturday, June 8th , and don’t forget to BE CREATIVE. Drop your bike off before 4pm, winners and ribbons awarded at 4:30pm!

All contestants must be 14 or under to enter the contest. 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners must ride their bicycle in the Butterfest Parade on Sunday with the Deke Slayton Museum Float.

Butterfest Parade- FREE, ride your bike in the Butterfest Parade (Sparta)

Sunday, June 9th, 12:15pm- meet in the parade route (instructions will be given at the bike decorating contest) 

All bike decorating contest participants are welcome to join the Deke Slayton Museum float and ride with us in the Butterfest parade. Show off your red, white, and blue patriotic pride in this annual event! Parents/siblings are welcome to ride in the parade too, don’t forget to wear your bike helmets- safety first!

Junior Space Camp- 3rd & 4th grades at the Museum- NEW

Monday, June 24th- Friday, June 28th, in the afternoons from 1:00pm- 5:00pm.

Registration opens February 1st. Earlybird before Feb. 15th- $215, after Feb. 15th- $245

During this week-long afternoon camp students will have fun with hands on science and learn about Sparta’s hometown astronaut– Deke Slayton! Our Junior Space campers will build rockets, do science experiments, work together in teams, participate in hands-on STEM activities, visit the planetarium, talk with pilots and learn about airplanes and so much more! They even get their very own space camp t-shirt with their name on it! We end the camp on Friday night with a celebratory ice cream social for students and their families at the museum! For more information look on our website under “Junior Space Camp”, with only 20 spots available it is first come, first serve!

20th Anniversary Extravaganza- Traveling space museum- FREE

Saturday, June 15th, 10:00am- 4:00pm

We are bringing an interactive hands-on traveling space museum to Sparta so people can experience a space flight simulator, lunar rover vehicle, zero gravity chair, space toilet, and see a NASA command center! This traveling museum is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before- unless you’ve gone through astronaut training you’d never have a chance to do these things! The exhibit is free and everyone is welcome to attend. In addition to the space exhibit, this celebration is a day long event located in front of the Museum; in the morning we’ll have a bike activity, there will be a cookout selling brats and hamburgers, music, activities for kids, and complimentary ice cream sundaes in the Museum gallery! Save the date for what promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime celebration!

Pig Roast Fundraiser

Friday, July 12th, 5:30pm, at Justin Trails Resort

Do you love all the things the Deke Slayton Museum does? Than help support us and attend our biggest fundraising effort of the year– our annual Pig Roast Fundraiser! Join us for a fun-filled evening at the beautiful Justin Trails Resort for a great country dinner, music, a silent auction, and a very competitive live pie auction! All proceeds go to support museum programs including school groups and the space camps. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door and will available in May, if you’d like to be added to the mailing list please call the museum at 608-269-0033.

Deke Slayton Space Camp- 5th-8th grades at the Museum

Monday, July 29th- Friday, August 2nd, 8:00am- 5:00pm

Registration opens March 1st. Earlybird before Mar. 15th- $395, after Mar. 15th- $445

This is our 4th annual Deke Slayton Space Camp! During this week-long camp students will talk with NASA experts, view presentations by science professionals at the top of their fields, and meet retired Wisconsin astronaut Mark Lee! This amazing week long camp is a once in a lifetime experience and includes hands-on STEM activities, team building and leadership experiences, robotics training, and rocket building! We also visit the Sparta airport, conduct zero gravity experiments at the pool, and see a program at the planetarium. We end the week with a special graduation ceremony and dinner for the students and their families Friday evening. For more information look on our website under “Deke Slayton Space Camp”, with only 20 spots available it is first come, first serve!

Star Wars Reads Day at the Museum- FREE

Saturday, October 19th, 2:00pm

Join us for our 8th annual Star Wars Reads Day in which we partner with the Sparta Free Library for an afternoon of Star Wars fun! Take part in the costume contest, make unique crafts, solve the scavenger hunt, sign up for a library card, eat special Star Wars themed treats, and check out Star Wars books! This event is recommended for school age children but all are welcome!