Star Gaze with Astronomer Derrick Pitts

As a wintery cold sets in and the hours of light dwindle, The Philadelphia School is teaming up with Schuylkill Center to offer

Saturday, December 13, from 3 – 8 pm.  

Come on out to the Schuylkill Center and celebrate the night sky at this star-themed family festival, with crafts, night hikes, an introduction to telescopes by the Delaware Valley Amateur Astronomers, and a special visit from astronomer Derrick Pitts of the Franklin Institute. What a perfect addition to our All-School COSMOS Theme! 

There’s something for all ages, so dress warmly and come celebrate the season and the beauty of nature at the Schuylkill Center. Bring a picnic supper; snacks will be for sale at the SCEE shop.

Cost: $5 (representing special discount for The Philadelphia School families). Volunteering Middle School student and their families may attend without a fee.

Here is the schedule of events:

Beginning at 3pm and continuing throughout the afternoon:

  • Explore the cosmos through space and time with hands-on activities
  • Star-themed crafts
  • S’mores at the campfire

3:30pm: Live animals show from the Schuylkill Center’s wildlife clinic

4:00pm: Introduction to Telescopes with the Delaware Valley Amateur Astronomers

4:30pm: Open telescope viewing


  • Live animals show from the Schuylkill Center’s wildlife clinic
  • Night hike with The Philadelphia School

6:00 – 8:00pm: Stargazing with Franklin Institute astronomer Derrick Pitts 

We'd love to know in advance how many TPS families plan to attend . . . would hate to run out of s'mores! Please note that all students need to be accompanied by an adult.