The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is kicking off this summer with fun activities for everyone! From summer camps that will knock your kids’ socks off to a beautiful family event and an awesome outdoor movie night, visitors will want to come back time and time again.

On May 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., museum staff and volunteers will partner with the Asian Leadership and Outreach Committee with Sandia National Laboratories to host the 22nd annual Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Day. This engaging family event is sure to captivate visitors of all ages with a day filled with martial arts demonstrations, Taiko drumming, dance performances, Japanese floral arrangements, hands-on origami, calligraphy and brush painting, and free food samples. This cultural event celebrates the traditions, ancestry, native languages and unique experiences represented among ethnic groups from Asia and the Pacific, and it proves itself every year to be one of the most visually stunning programs offered by the museum. This spectacular event is included with museum admission.

Our very popular “Science is Everywhere” Summer Camp will open its doors on May 29 for its 21st season, hosting week-long camps to students 6-12 years of age! Online registration is required for these awesome camps, as they fill up very fast. How can they not when they cover topics such as “Steminists,” “Code of the Robot,” “Spy Kids,” “Myth Busters,” “Hey, Can I Take that Apart,” “Fandom” and many more.

The summer will get even better as we look into June, when the museum will host Movie Under the Wings on Saturday, June 16. This year, our amazing outdoor movie event will feature “Apollo 13” under the airplanes in Heritage Park. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. for this unique museum experience, and the movie will begin at dark. Join us and be entertained with fun, family-friendly activities before the movie starts, enjoy delicious food from local food trucks throughout the evening and check out the museum while you’re there. Bring a portable outdoor chair to enjoy your evening in comfort, and please leave all four-legged friends at home. This event is included with regular museum admission. This is a special, fundraising event that is not covered by museum membership or other passes. June 16 admission may be purchased at the door or in advance at

For more information on all the exciting activities taking place at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History this summer, please visit We hope to see you soon.


Jennifer Hayden is the director of public relations and marketing at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. She shares writing duties for “Nuclear Files” with other museum staff members. The column appears on the second Thursday of the month.