Events

Space Day Block Party- Celebrating the Museum’s 20th Anniversary- FREE- Rain or shine!

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

Join us on Saturday, June 15th and be part of this FREE block party event on the museum grounds!

  • Traveling Space Museum with 12 interactive exhibits! This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
  • Explosive Science demonstrations– by Physics teacher Oakley Moser: 11am, 12:30pm, and 2pm!
  • Kid’s Corner crafts at the Sparta Free Library: temporary tattoos, summer games, kite making, and watercolor planets! ALL DAY
  • Old time games with the Monroe County Local History Room! ALL DAY
  • Music– COW 97 will be broadcasting live from our event all day! ALL DAY
  • Food for sale- chicken Q dinner from the Lion’s Club or brats and hot dogs from SACS! ALL DAY
  • Culver’s- FREE frozen custard in the museum gallery! ALL DAY

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

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

We are full for this year! Call the museum to be put on the waitlist or the early contact list for next year! 

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!

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

WE ARE FULL for 2019! To be added to the wait-list or the contact list for next year please call the museum at 608-269-0033.

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!