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Last-Minute Gifts: Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

Posted December 19, 2012

Museum gift shops are a treasure trove of great gift ideas and the shop at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in Chapel Hill is no different.

I was reminded of this the other weekend when my older daughter and I headed over there for a concert featuring the Sandbox band playing holiday classic "under the stars" of the planetarium. It was a great time. I definitely recommend this concert series for next year. As we checked out the shop, my only wish was that she wasn't there so I could buy her some things!

Here are Morehead's picks for last-minute gifts:

  • Space-themed playsets include rockets, lunar rovers, shuttlecraft and more — perfect for the child who wants to be an astronaut or a pilot one day. Cost: $8.50 and up Last-Minute Gifts: Morehead Planetarium
  • Books, games and puzzles with science themes are ideal gifts for family members to share and enjoy together. Cost: $7 and up. Last-Minute Gifts: Morehead Planetarium
  • Remember the mood rings of the 1970s? They've made a comeback as mood jewelry. (And if you've ever wondered about the science behind them, check out this blog post by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center marketing manager Karen Kornegay).  Cost: $3.50 and up. Last-Minute Gifts: Morehead Planetarium
  • Imagine wearing a glow-in-the-dark Einstein T-shirt or decorating a ceiling with glow-in-the-dark stars and planets. Cost: $6.50 and up. Last-Minute Gifts: Morehead Planetarium
  • Brighten a bedroom at night with remote-controlled, light-up "Moon in My Room" and "Earth in My Room" models. (There's a "Solar System in My Room" model, too, which features a light-up Sun orbited by planets. Cost: $40 to $45. Last-Minute Gifts: Morehead Planetarium

Click here for gift ideas from the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences and here for ideas from the N.C. Museum of History.

Check Go Ask Mom's Holiday Central for more gift ideas, holiday recipes, crafts and more.

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