All Month: National Bike Month
Get some exercise, reduce your carbon footprint — and take the kids along for the ride! Bike to School Day is May 8; Bike to Work Week is May 13-17.
May 4: NatureFest 2013
The Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Del., celebrates spring with a host of activities, including a giant anthill that kids can help build and then “forage” around for snacks.
May 5: Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower Peaks
Look to the southeast before dawn for this display, which appears to radiate from the constellation Aquarius.
May 11: Chill Out
Try an interactive ice core model and a walk-in ice cave with crawl spaces for kids in a glacier exhibit opening at the Museum of the Earth in Ithaca, N.Y.
May 12: Picking Your Mother’s Day Gift?
Roses are red, violets are blue, but chocolate’s theobromine might lift Mom’s mood.
May 12: Sound in the Round
In 1967, Pink Floyd performed the first surround sound concert: The keyboardist used a joystick to control sound projection around London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.
May 15-18: National Science Teachers Association STEM Forum & Expo
Yale professor Ainissa Ramirez advocates for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education in the keynote address at the St. Louis event.
May 18: An Earth Mother Remembered
The Rachel Carson Homestead in Springdale, Pa., commemorates the Silent Spring author’s May 27 birthday early with a special program on solar power.
May 25: Towel Day
Wielding “the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have,” join Hitchhiker’s Guide fans around the world to celebrate Douglas Adams’ contributions to science fiction. (And don’t panic.)
May 29: The Heights of Success
Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mount Everest 60 years ago today.
May 29-June 2: World Science Festival
Urban skygazing and the Ultimate Science Street Fair share the spotlight at this annual New York City extravaganza.