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David M. Brown Planetarium

703-228-6070

1426 N. Quincy Street
Arlington VA 22207

Price: $3/adults; $2/children

Age: All ages

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The Davd M. Brown Planetarium is the only planetarium in Arlington, Virginia.  They are open to the general public on weekends throughout the school year.  The Friends of Arlington's...

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George Mason Observatory

4400 University Drive
Fairfax VA 22030

Price: Free

Age: 5+

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The George Mason Observatory is primarily for the educational needs of students at GMU, however they do offer a program called Evenings Under the Stars each month.  The observatory is also available to teachers for grades K to 12.

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Goddard Space Flight Center

301-286-3978

8800 Greenbelt Road
Greenbelt MD 20771

Price: Free admission

Age: 5 and up

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Established in 1959, Goddard was NASA's first Space Flight Center.

Children's programs, model rocket launches, an interactive "Science on a Sphere," rocket and space capsule displays, and "the nation's largest organization of scientists...

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Howard B. Owens Science Center

301-918-8750

9601 Greenbelt Road
Lanham MD 20706

Price: $3 and up

Age: All ages

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The Howard B. Owens Science Center is a 27,500 square foot facility owned and operated by the Prince George's County Public Schools. They offer programs for public schools as well as a variety of other programs for the general public.

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Irene V. Hylton Planetarium

14051 Spriggs Road
Woodbridge VA 22193

Age: 5+

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The Irene V. Hylton Planetarium is located at C.D. Hylton Senior High School is offers programming not only for schools and educational groups; but has public shows from time to time.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at the main office or the...

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Maryland Science Center

410-685-5225

601 Light Street
Baltimore MD 21230

Price: $13.95 and up (members free)

Age: All ages

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An Our Kids favorite and must-do!

Dinosaurs, Fossils, Outer Space, Your Body, and Newton's Alley are among the MSC's exhibits. There is also a hands-on Kid's Room, and a must see, a huge mechanical Blue Crab ("now that's a Jumbo!" said one...

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Montgomery College Planetarium

7611 Fenton Street
Takoma Park MD 20912

Price: Free

Age: 5+

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The Montgomery College Planetarium offers free public planetarium shows on the weekends.  "Everyone who looks up at the stars with wonder is an astronomer."  The planetarium is open during the school year and sometimes offers summer programming...

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NASA Wallops Island Visitor Center

757-824-1344

Chincoteague Rd., Building J20
Wallops Island MD 23337

Price: Free

Age: All ages

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The NASA Wallops Visitor Center offers so many wonderful exhibits related to space and flying.  It's also the prime viewing location for rocket launches.  The facility offers educational programs to visiting school/educational and civic groups. ...

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National Capital Astronomers

5200 Glover Road, NW
Washington DC 20015

Price: Free

Age: All ages

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The National Capital Astronomers Club offers a monthly Exploring the Sky program for the general public from April to November.  They meet on a Saturday evening shortly after sunset at the field near the Rock Creek Park Nature Center....

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Observatory Park in Great Falls

Observatory Park
Reston VA 22066

Price: Free

Age: 5+

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Open to the public every Friday night beginning at sunset, Observatory Park in Great Falls offers locals a chance to view the night sky.  If you can see clouds, don't head to the park; but if you can see stars, it's a good bet you'll be viewing...

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Rock Creek Park

202-426-6829

5200 Glover Road, NW
Washington DC 20015

Price: Free admission

Age: All ages

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As the oldest and one of the largest national parks, Rock Creek Park has everything a park can offer, from picnicking to hiking to biking. Older kids and adults can also enjoy skating,...

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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Independence Avenue at 6th Street, SW
Washington DC 20560

Price: Free admission

Age: All ages

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One of Washington's Musts, the Air and Space Museum is the most popular museum in the world. (8.2 million people visited in 2010, more than the Museum of Natural History (6.2 million) and the National Museum of American History (4.2 million).)...

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T.C. Williams Planetarium

3330 King Street
Alexandria VA 22302

Price: Free

Age: 5+

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T.C. Williams opens up its doors to the Alexandria community every month with a free planetarium program during the school year.  All programs begin at 7:15pm.  Registration is required!

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