North Tonawanda Youth Center

Astronomy in the Park


  • Kids K - 12 Welcome
  • Free to NT Residents
  • Limited spots available
  • Staff will be on hand so parents don't have to stay but are more than welcome to join in our space exploration adventures.

Programs will be offered on Thursdays, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4 & 8/11.

You can come to one, come to some or come to them all. 

The North Tonawanda Recreation Department is ecstatic to once again be offering this free summer astronomy program for kids. 

Curious young ones will be given the opportunity to use telescopes and binoculars, including an 80mm telescope capable of viewing deep sky objects with relative ease.

Each class will offer a new lesson on various stellar, lunar and planetary phenomenon. Our resident astronomical enthusiast, Tom Arida, will offer up enthusiastic discussions, exciting experiments and thrilling viewing opportunities to stimulate your young minds and pique your interest in further space exploration.

Programs will run each week from 8:00 PM to approximately 11:00 PM depending on the topic and weather conditions. All dates are subject to change due to weather. 

While the classes are free to NT residents, we are still requiring registration as spaces are limited. We will also ask that if you cannot make a class you previously registered for that you notify us so that we can open up that sport for someone else.

Each week we will provide light beverages and snacks and perhaps an extra special treat here ad there.

Bring a blanket, bring a chair, bundle up in case there's a chilly breeze, and come explore with us.

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle at or 695-8520 Ext 5510