Space Racers thanks its fans and partners for a tremendous August Eclipse program, helping kids to safely view the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse!

Family History Activity

Eclipse Bird

This activity encourages children to talk to their parents and grandparents (or any other older person) about whether they experienced eclipses in the past.


  • Writing paper and pencil
  • Smartphone or other video camera
  • Parents, grandparents, aunts, or uncles

The last total solar eclipse seen in the U.S. was about 40 years ago (Feb. 26, 1979, to be exact). There were also eclipses in parts of the U.S. in 1970 and in 1954. Ask older adults you know the following questions:

What year were you born? How old were you in 1979, 1970, or 1954?

Do you remember seeing an eclipse?

When was it?

Where were you?

What do you remember about how it looked or felt?

Older children can write up the stories they hear and save them as part of their family history. They can also create a video interview. Younger children can draw a picture to illustrate their relative’s story.