Host a Sun Party

Do you want to host a gathering during the next solar eclipse?

Or do you simply want to have an event to enjoy and celebrate the Sun?

Here are some tips and ideas for your Sun party, which you can host any time whether there’s an eclipse in your area or not!

A large group of people sit on rocks, all looking in the same direction. They hold red cards with solar filters in front of their eyes.
People use handheld solar viewers and eclipse glasses to safely view the Sun. Credits: National Park Service

Preparation and SuppliesFor a great event, you will want to have:

  • a large outdoor space where people will be able to see the Sun during your event (avoid being too close to buildings or trees that could block your view of the Sun)

  • a shady or cool place where guests can take a break from the Sun

  • restroom facilities that are sufficient for all of your guests

  • trash and recycling bins

  • basic first-aid supplies for any minor injuries

  • parking spaces for guests’ vehicles, if needed

  • volunteers to help you set up beforehand and clean up afterward

People stand scattered across a large soccer field flying kites.
A large, open space with some nearby shady areas is a great place to hold a Sun party. Credits: Vanessa Thomas

Before your event:

  • Make sure you have permission to hold your party at your desired location.

  • If you’re timing your party to take place during an eclipse, check the times of the eclipse for your location. (Check with a local science museum or planetarium, use NASA’s 2023/2024 eclipse map, or visit other online maps such as this.)

  • Find out where in the sky the Sun will be during your event so that your guests will be able to view it without obstruction from trees or buildings. Do this by visiting your planned event site on a sunny day beforehand (within a couple weeks of your event) at the same time as your event and note where in the sky the Sun is. (Remember: Do NOT look directly at the Sun without eye protection!)

  • Order safe solar viewing glasses (also called eclipse glasses) or handheld solar viewers for your guests that meet the ISO 12312-2 standard (or encourage guests to bring their own).

A person looks through a telescope during the daytime. A solar filter is attached to the front of the telescope.
Someone views the Sun through a telescope with a specialized solar filter attached to the end for safe solar viewing. Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani
  • Reach out to a local astronomy club to ask whether one of their members would be willing to operate a special solar telescope at your party (perhaps offer them free food and drinks as incentive) or whether they’ll have solar telescopes set up for public viewing somewhere nearby on the day of your event.

  • Review safety guidelines for viewing the Sun (during an eclipse or anytime).

  • Practice viewing the Sun safely.

  • Invite your guests and provide the location, date, and the start and end times for your Sun party. Also tell them what to expect and what, if anything, they should bring.

Event ActivitiesIdeas for Activities During Your Event

hree people stand around a telescope projecting an image of the Sun onto white paper
A telescope safely projects an image of the Sun. Credits: NASA/Ryan Milligan
Activities for Experiencing the Sun

Food Activities

To make sunspot cookies, you'll need a sugar cookie recipe of your choice! One recipe, along with instructions for solar decoration, is available on NASA's SpacePlace website. Credits: NASA

Arts & Crafts Activities

  • A child wears eclipse glasses that are colored in with markers and have a colorful crown with glitter attached.
    Decorate your eclipse glasses!

    Kids of all ages can decorate or add to their eclipse glasses. Here's an example activity for inspiration. Credits: NASA/Shannon Reed

  • A portion of the orange Sun with a few dark orange splotches with black spots in the middle
    What can you see?

    Sketch the sunspots that you can see while viewing the Sun using solar viewing glasses, a solar telescope, or other safe solar viewing options! Credits: NASA/SDO

Multimedia Activities

Want to view a solar eclipse but don’t have eclipse glasses? No problem! An easy way to safely view a solar eclipse is with a box pinhole projector. Credits: NASA/Beth Anthony
Eclipse Activities

Find even more activities here.

Have fun, and remember to enjoy the Sun safely and responsibly in adherence to all local laws and guidelines!

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