I received an email from a reader the other day after all the NASA blather that happened last week. He is an evolutionary biologist, so of course he feels my pain. He sent me a link to a page about Science Literacy Month for kids, which talks about ways to celebrate science. I just have to pass it on here.
Last week, there was Darwin Day. In that vein, he suggests that February 17th be called Heliocentrism Day. That's because Copernicus was born on February 19th, and Galileo on February 15th. The 17th is the average between them.
He suggests baking a cake, and frosting it with concentric circles to represent the model of the solar system. And, of course, a single candle in the middle represents the Sun.
I think this is a fine idea. It'll help kids remember how things really work in Nature. And cake never hurts, either.