Family-Friendly Events in NW Ohio for Eclipse

(Toledo, OH) If you can't find special glasses, there's more than one way to see today's solar eclipse across Northwest Ohio. 

Imagination Station is hosting a Great Solar Eclipse Celebration from noon to 3:30 p.m. in Festival Park with yoga, food trucks, and fun activities, where families can watch the eclipse as it makes its way across the horizon. 

The Challenger Learning Center in Oregon is throwing a viewing party from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with family-friendly exhibits and activities and free solar safety glasses supplied by NASA. 

The Ritter Planetarium will host a free viewing at the University of Toledo from 12:30 to 4 p.m., setting up a couple of safely filtered telescopes looking at the eclipse between Ritter and McMaster Hall. There will be a limited supply of safety glasses for three bucks a pair and two dozen “Personal Solar Observatory Boxes” people can use for free. In the event of a cloudy afternoon, Ritter staff will set up a web-stream of the eclipse from other locations in McMaster Hall.

The new rooftop bar in downtown Toledo is hosting an eclipse viewing part today, too. The Heights will open early and provide safety viewing glasses for patrons who want to catch the eclipse from s rooftop view. The bar atop the Toledo Renaissance Hotel is offering a free overnight stay as a prize for the best photo of the eclipse posted on Instagran with the hashtag "See and Be Seen."

One school has decided to close because of the solar eclipse. In a Facebook post, the principal at St. Joseph School in Sylvania explained students wouold be dismissed during the most prominent time for the eclipse—and school officials don’t want to risk the safety of kids as they were leaving school or riding a bus home. Looking at the eclipse could cause eye damage without special safety glasses.

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