Heart & Solstice
Take heart! ❤️ Welcome the new season and celebrate the returning light ☀️
Going outside into the sometimes bitter cold can challenging, but having something to search for can help!
Here’s a little incentive to bundle up and get out there: A winter bingo—print or just save the image on your phone.
Take a walk through your neighborhood, hike a park, or visit the Bell Learning Landscape. How many of these markers of Minnesota winter can you find?
Share with us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Post a photo of you holding a completed bingo board (maybe a row, maybe the whole card!), or even a pic of one of the items you found, and tag it #BellOutside!
We’ll pick five randomly selected winners from submissions through January 3 to receive special gifts from the Bell. We can’t wait to see what you share!
Create your own solar art! A solargraph combines art and science by using a pinhole camera and long-exposure photography to trace the Sun’s path across the sky over days, weeks, or months. Make your own pinhole camera out of photographic paper and everyday items.
The Curiosity Shop has a kit available for your solargraph activity! Call 612-433-3846 to place a curbside pickup order.
Winter Astronomy Highlights
Find the bull!
Finding the Constellation Taurus
Discover our solar system’s ice giants, Uranus and Neptune, found lurking in the depths of the sky this winter.
Live on Facebook on Dec. 21
What is the Winter Solstice
Join us Monday, December 21, at 4 pm, on Facebook Live for a live virtual Minnesota Night Skies program focused on the solstice and the amazing conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn (you do not need to have a Facebook account to watch).
And check out this video anytime with planetarium educator Thaddeus LaCoursiere for some interesting facts about the Winter Solstice!
Live on Facebook on Dec. 27
Get your Heart and Solstice sketch on with the Bell’s Touch & See Lab Coordinator Jennifer Menken! Learn the basic steps for drawing your very own owl.
Join us Sunday, December 27, at 3:30 pm on Facebook Live (you do not need to have a Facebook account to watch).
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VIDEO: Solstice Storytime
The Bell Museum is partnering with the Minnesota Historical Society Press to share their newly released book On the Shortest Day, written by Laura Sulentich Fredrickson, illustrated by Laurie Caple for our Heart & Solstice story time.
VIDEO: Goldenrod Gall
Have you ever seen these funny stems that look like there’s a marble or tiny ball trapped inside of them? Those little structures are called galls and it’s a defense mechanism of the plant in response to, in this case, a goldenrod gall fly egg 🥚 being laid in the stem!
See photos of these vintage kits!
Explore our Vintage Science Toys
We think you might enjoy this walk back in time exploring vintage science kits.
Home science kits have been popular gifts for budding scientists for the last hundred years. Mixing, burning, testing, and exploring 🧪 were all encouraged as children were prompted to study science and build a brighter future.
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VIDEO: Land and Sky Meditation with artist Josh Winkler
We are invited into a stunning moment of wintery reflection with this silent meditative video from resident artist Josh Winkler. We hope you’ll take a moment to watch the frost twinkle ✨ as the grass waves, with white sky above and icy land below. Breathe, let your eyes go soft, and reflect on your personal connection to the land and sky.