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Solar One Family Day: NYC Wildflower Week Interactive Plant Fair on May 17

NYCWW_2014Families and kids of all ages are invited to Solar One to celebrate NYC Wildflower Week, an extravaganza of native plant events around the city. For our 2014 Interactive Plant Fair, we’ll be potting native wildflower plants for you to take home, making seed bombs, creating flower costumes and masks and coloring wildflower pictures.

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Creatures and Kids, Together Again at Solar One Family Day

creatures1This past Saturday, Solar 1 played host to a variety of slimy, scaly, and even segmented animal guests for Creatures Family Day. Our friend Gabby from The Art Farm in the City brought over a dozen reptiles, amphibians, and insects for some up-close critter introductions and hands-on learning. We enjoyed the company of turtles, tortoises, bullfrogs, salamanders, and geckos over the course of the afternoon – even a Madagascar hissing cockroach made an appearance! Where many grown-ups hesitated, our youngest visitors were some of the most adventurous in greeting the exciting array of animals.

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Sun to Stars Returns to Solar One on Saturday August 24 at 2pm


Come to Solar One for another magical day of music, dance and activities for kids! Experience a traditional South Asian atmosphere as you lounge on carpets and pillows, enjoying excellent artists performing various styles from South Asia and beyond.

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Art for Progress Music & Art Festival Comes to Solar One This Weekend


Come to Solar One this weekend for 3 days of music, performance, installation art and delicious food when Art for Progress brings their Artists4Equality festival to the Solar One stage.

Tickets are $10/day or you can buy a 3-day pass for the low, low price of just $25. For the full lineup of bands, DJs and artists, and to buy tickets, please visit the Art for Progress website HERE.

Solar Off the Roof at the New Museum’s IDEAS CITY StreetFest

MG1A1126We had a great time at the New Museum’s IDEAS CITY StreetFest this past Saturday. We were demonstrating off-the-roof solar projects and giving kids hands-on lessons in the science behind solar photovoltaics: Photons knock electrons in the silicon panels loose, which starts up a negative electric current. That current flows through the wires embedded in the panel  to power a small motor. If you put it in the sun, the motor spins a rotor; if you block the sun, it stops. Light makes it go!

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Come See Us at the New Museum’s IDEAS CITY Streetfest on Saturday May 4


Saturday May 4, 11 AM–6 PM

Artists, architects, poets, technologists, historians, community activists, entrepreneurs, and ecologists share their ideas of Untapped Capital and invite participants to actively shape their city. “MirrorMirror,” a new tenting design, will premiere at the StreetFest. This innovative, minimal-waste event takes place around the Bowery and in Sara D. Roosevelt Park, rain or shine!

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