FREE Astronomy Activities for Kids and Adults of All Ages!

6-9PM, September 29th (Saturday evening)

HPUniverse Day is a free educational outreach event held in the Department of Physics at High Point University in the Fall. Visitors are encouraged to explore space, science, and beyond through 20 different learning stations and activities. Visit enough stations, and you can collect a prize! While many of the activities are geared towards kids and their families, there are several that adults will enjoy, too! HPUniverse Day was inspired by AstroFest, which is held each year in the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at Penn State University. Volunteers include HPU professors, students, local amateur astronomers, and friends of the department. Over 2,000 people total attended our first two HPUniverse Day events!

SPONSORS: HPU Department of Physics, Society of Physics Students, HPU Departments of Biology and Chemistry (Mobile Lab)
Click here for a video of the 2018 event!
Click here for pictures from the 2015 event!
Click here for pictures from the 2014 event!

Poster Credit: Michael Welter

Directions & Parking

Visitors should enter the HPU campus through the gate located at the intersection of Montlieu Ave. and University Parkway in High Point, NC. Tell the security guards you are there to attend HPUniverse Day, and they should direct you to the parking lot behind Couch Hall, where the event will take place. Click on the map below for a larger view. Address:
One University Parkway
High Point, NC 27268

Volunteer Info.

  • See current Volunteer Assignments
  • Arrive to 206 Couch by 5:00pm on Sept. 29th.
  • Station assignments to be finished by Sept. 20th.
  • Do necessary background reading on your station topic(s) before the event or meet with your station leader (they will email you if you need to meet beforehand).
  • Brief Station Descriptions

2018 Planned Activities

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are tickets or reservations needed?

    No. Visitors are welcome to show up without reservations or tickets, anytime from 6-9pm.

  • How much does it cost?

    HPUniverse is FREE to everyone. There is no admission fee.

  • Will the event continue if the weather is bad?

    YES!!! This event takes place both indoors and outdoors; it will go on rain, shine, or clouds. Please note that a light coat or jacket may be needed for the outdoor stations, depending on the weather that day.

  • Who may attend?

    The event is open to the general public.

  • Will food and drinks be sold?

    YES! HPU's APO service fraternity will sell pizza slices and water bottles on site. Cash payments accepted.

  • Are there activities for very young children?

    Yes. Many of the activities are suitable for very young children, like the gravity gym, arts & crafts station, crater demonstration, and hovercrafts rides.

  • What ages are suitable for the event?

    HPUniverse Day welcomes "kids of all ages." While the event focuses on families and preschool, elementary school, and middle school kids, adults and teenagers will also enjoy many of the stations.