The Saturn V rocket carrying Apollo 11 lifts off from Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969.
The Saturn V rocket carrying Apollo 11 lifts off from Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969. (NASA / getty images)

DISCOVERY MUSEUM 177 MAIN ST., ACTON

50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing Saturday, 11 a. m.- 2 p. m.: Use simple materials to design and build “ landing pods” worthy of a moon landing, blasting off with stomp rockets, and more.

LUNA THEATER, MILL NO. 5, 250 JACKSON ST., LOWELL

Screenings of “ Apollo 11” Saturday, 2: 05 and 5: 05 p. m.: a documentary directed by Todd Douglas Miller, and starring Michael Collins, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin; crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65mm footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, “ Apollo 11” takes you straight to the heart of NASA's most celebrated mission.

JFK NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE, 83 BEALS ST., BROOKLINE

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing Friday, 11 a. m.: Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman, former NASA astronaut ( 1978-1997), will talk about his experiences in space and President Kennedy's role in the Apollo Program.

Saturday, 2 p. m.: Dr. Barbara A. Perry, presidential scholar, will speak on President Kennedy's visionary leadership that made the moon landing a reality.

JFK LIBRARY COLUMBIA POINT, BOSTON

Space Fest Saturday, 10 a. m.- 4: 30 p. m. A day of activities for the entire family. Special visitors include a former NASA astronaut, scientists and engineers. There will also be opportunities for children to build and launch their own rockets and participate in other make and take space activities.


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All guest speaker presentations in Smith Hall will be free and open to the public.

Visitors ages 17 and under will be admitted to the museum and all special space activities free of charge on this day. Additional student, military, senior, and EBT discounts are available. Regular museum admission fees apply to all other visitors.

MIT MUSEUM 265 MASSACHUSETTS AVE., CAMBRIDGE

A 21- plus over- the- moon event.

Saturday, special guests, special spirits, and special activities are planned, all while enjoying custom cocktails by Short Path Distillery. At 7 p. m. Mike Stewart, Marc Verdiell, Ken Shirriff, Carl Claunch and Jimmie Loocke of the Apollo Guidance Computer Restoration Team will be on hand to show off the successful restoration and operation of an Apollo Guidance Computer. Unless you are an Apollo astronaut or part of the team that worked on the AGC and its software, this is the first time you'll ever see this computer in action.

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE 1 SCIENCE PARK, BOSTON

Moon Landing 50th One Giant Anniversary: Marking a moon- umental milestone and astronomical achievement with special hands- on activities, thought- provoking live presentations, and much more. Friday, 11 a. m.- noon: “ Bio-Suit: The Future of Spacewear with Dava Newman” Friday, noon-1 p. m.: “ The Sky Tonight: Lunar Landings” ( Planetarium Show) Friday, 12:30-1 p. m.: “ Engineering a Lunar Landing with Apollo engineer Don Eyles” 1: 30- 2 p. m.: “ Moons: Worlds of Mystery” ( Planetarium Show) 1: 30- 2 p. m.: “Afternoon Report: To the Moon and Back Again” 2: 30- 3 p. m.: “ How Did We Get a Moon? with Moiya McTier” 11: 30 p. m.- midnight: “ Destination Mars” ( Planetarium Show) Saturday, 11-11: 30 a. m.: “ The Collaborative Engineer with Apollo engineer Bruce McCoy” Satuday, 11:30- noon: “ Destination Mars” ( Planetarium Show) 12: 25 p. m.: “Journey to the Space Station” LIVE 12: 30-1 p. m.: “ The Sky Tonight: Lunar Landings” ( Planetarium Show) 1: 30- 2 p. m.: “ Moons: Worlds of Mystery” ( Planetarium Show)

POLLARD MEMORIAL LIBRARY 401 MERRIMACK ST., LOWELL

Moon Party Today, 11 a.m., space games and crafts, grades K- 4.

Space Camp, grades 5-12 July 22, 23, 25 and 26, 2- 4 p. m.; registration required at the Ground Floor Children's Reference desk, by calling 978- 674-1529, or online at www. Lowelllibrary. org. July 22: Blast Off!, rocket competition; July 23: Edible phases of the moon, creative constellations and space crafts; July 25: Space Pirate Attack!, an escape- room adventure; July 26: Guess the movie, look for hints; guess the movie and be entered into our raffle.