On the second Saturday of every month, 10am-3pm, the Ocean Star celebrates Family Day. Each Family Day focuses on a different theme that relates to the offshore industry. The information is presented at a student’s level using activities or experiments. Children 18 years of age and younger are admitted free with a paying chaperone. The Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum is located at Pier 19 in Downtown Galveston. For more info call (409)766-7827 or go to oceanstaroec.com.
February 9th: Shaving Cream Creations – Use a common petroleum product (shaving cream?!), food coloring, a toothpick, and cardstock to create your own marbled art creation. Explore your creative side and make a unique oneof-a-kind valentine card for your loved one.
March 9th: Derrick of Distinction – “Oil Rigs” can be compared to vehicles: they come in lots of shapes and sizes! Using unconventional materials (spaghetti, linguine, and marshmallows), compete with other visitors to design, build, and test your very own model of a derrick. How tall can your distinctive derrick grow, and how much weight can it support?
April 13th: Maskology – Did you know that the use of masks varies from culture to culture? Some masks are used to disguise, while other masks are used to reveal something about the people wearing them. Did you also know that a career in science is not just a person in a lab coat mixing chemicals? The suffix ‘-ology’ means the study of a science in a particular field, and the combined efforts of several different ‘-ologies’ are necessary to successfully provide the world with the vast benefits of hydrocarbons. Create a revealing mask to represent your chosen ‘-ology’ from the oil and gas industry.
May 11th: This Cycle Rocks – Discover how hydrocarbons are formed from the various processes within every layer of the Earth, and how certain rocks tell geologists where to look for oil and natural gas. Moving through areas like the soil, volcanoes, and bodies of water, pretend you are a rock on your own special journey through the rock cycle. Create a comic strip of your rocky story, or learn about the ABCs of rocks and fossils.
June 8th: Insulators and Conductors – Discover what it means to have an open and closed circuit. Find out what materials are insulators (do not transfer energy) and which ones are conductors (allow transfer of energy). Make your predictions, test your theory, and see if you’re right!
July 13th: Rigs to Reefs – Learn what happens to platforms when they are no longer used to produce offshore oil and gas. In some cases, they apply and are accepted into the Rigs to Reef program, where they are converted into artificial reef habitats. What types of sea creatures call these structures home? Create a Deep Sea porthole –a unique view of an amazing underwater habitat.
August 10th: Needle Through a Balloon – Learn an amazing trick—almost like magic! A bamboo skewer coated with petroleum jelly demonstrates the elasticity of polymers when pushed through a balloon. Locate the areas on the balloon that can be stretched, allowing the skewer to penetrate through the balloon without it popping.
September 14th- Life on a Rig – Step aboard the Ocean Star, and learn about the different kinds of offshore structures, what they do, and who works on them. Search the museum to discover more about these vehicles at sea, and see what you would look like as an offshore oil worker. Try on safety gear, explore the old control room, and participate in a scavenger hunt during your visit.
October 12th: Sources of Energy – In addition to petroleum, learn about nine other energy sources and how each one is important to you at any moment of every day. See if you can put together an energy puzzle, and discover how renewable and nonrenewable energy affects your life.
November 9th: What’s on your Plate? The continents of today once formed a large land mass known as Pangaea. Over time, the spreading of the sea floor and plate tectonics separated the supercontinent and created geologic formations. Using modeling clay and a special tool, you can speed up geologic time and see how subsurface processes create folding and faulting that affects where oil and gas can be found.
December 14th: An Offshore Holiday – The term “Christmas Tree” means something very different in the Oil and Gas Industry. See the museum’s version of a Christmas Tree while learning about polymer chains. Create a model of a simple carbon chain using red and green construction paper—fit for your very own holiday tree!
January: Islands of Life – Learn how platforms in the Gulf of Mexico provide habitats and protection for many different types of marine animals. Come to try your luck at “fishing” around our mock platform for facts about these artificial habitats.