Looking for ways to safely view the partial solar eclipse in SWFL with your kids? We’ve rounded up a few of the best kid friendly solar eclipse activities in SWFL.
Solar Eclipse Info & Safety
The solar eclipse will be able to be viewed in Southwest Florida on August 21st between the hours of approximately 1 pm and 4 pm, depending on where you are in the area.
It’s important to safely view the eclipse, especially with young children. It is possible to buy ISO certified solar eclipse glasses on Amazon, however, it’s not recommended to let kids younger than 7 wear them. That’s why we’ve put together this list of kid friendly activities to enjoy the solar eclipse in SWFL.
Solar Eclipse Activities in SWFL with Kids
Galisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’MON)
Join the C’MON museum to safely observe this National event. In addition to viewing the eclipse, kids will be creating pinhole viewers, going over how to safely view the eclipse, creating UV bracelets, and other educational activites related to outer space.
15080 Livingston Rd, Naples
Included with admission- $10 for everyone over the age of 1
Calusa Nature Center
3450 Ortiz Avenue, Fort Myers
Phone: (239) 275-3435
Observing the eclipse in front of the planetarium with the CNCP Coronado Solar Telescope. Your hosts/guides are the Graesles, a pair of astronomers from SW FL Astronomical Society! A *LIMITED* number of Solar eclipse glasses available for when you are not looking through the telescope (sorry there are only a limited number to share, but the demand has been totally out of the bounds of what we thought possible). 1:30 – 4 pm. Maximum coverage at 2:53 pm. 12:30 show in planetarium is about solar eclipses, and special 3 pm movie in planetarium is about solar superstorms!
All day: Kids Eclipse Crafts in the Main Building
12:30 – Eclipse Planetarium Show with Harry Dunfee
1:30 – Duke and Donna Graesle set up Coronado Solar Telescope and guide viewers
1:45 – 2:15 – Education Coordinator Walter Cheatham hosts Solar Eclipse Presentation in the planetarium (onstage)
2:15 – 2:53 – Eclipse viewing with the Graesles up to maximum OR (if cloudy) showing NASA eclipse coverage in the planetarium
3:00 – 4 pm – Solar Superstorms movie in the planetarium with Harry Dunfee
2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples
Solar eclipse glasses will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
East County Regional Library
Solar Eclipse Craft
881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Celebrate the solar eclipse and make a sun craft. 239-479-4636
Northwest Regional Library
Solar Eclipse Party
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
Go for treats, games and the solar eclipse. All teens will receive free solar eclipse viewing glasses & astronomy related costumes & clothing are encouraged. 239-479-4636
How Schools are Preparing
Schools are preparing as well. Find out how your county is preparing:
What will you be doing for the solar eclipse?