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STEAM-Inspired Museums & Play Places

These local and regional museums, planetariums, and more allow kids to see STEAM principals — science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics — up-close and in action!

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Arlington | Fairfax | Loudoun | Prince William

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Arlington County

David M. Brown Planetarium | Arlington, VA
During the school year, the David M. Brown Planetarium hosts weekend public programs. Plus, throughout the year they offer special seasonal opportunities, too. Learn more and see the full schedule by visiting Friends of Arlington’s Planetarium here.

Arlington County Library Maker Opportunities
The Arlington County Library system offers a variety of STEAM-based events and drop-in opportunities at many of their branches. The calendar has something for everyone!

Fairfax County

Children’s Science Center Lab | Fairfax, VA
The Children’s Science Center Lab, which precedes The Children’s Science Center set to open in 2020, provides an educational and fun environment for families and kids of all ages via interactive exploration centers. The Lab, located inside of Fair Oaks Mall, is well-staffed with eager and attentive employees ready to help, educate, and encourage!

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center | Chantilly, VA
The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, a Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, boasts two huge hangars that display thousands of aviation and space artifacts, as well as an IMAX Theater showing movies, including first-run and new releases! Plus, they have an observation tower, too, providing you a 360-degree bird’s-eye view of IAD. Like most Smithsonian museums, admission is free (parking is fee-based).

Loudoun County

Makerspaces at Loudoun County Libraries
Libraries are centers of learning, creativity, community building, and innovation for the digital age. Loudoun County has opportunities for making, creating, and learning with Makerspaces at select locations, including Gum Spring (Aldie), Rust (Leesburg), and Sterling Libraries. Click here to learn hours and information for each.

Prince William County

Irene V. Hylton Planetarium | Woodbridge, VA
The planetarium at CD Hylton Senior High School, also known as the Skydome Planetarium, contains a star projector capable of projecting over 1.3k stars, the five visible eye planets, moon phasing, and more on a thirty-foot curved dome! Special effect projectors also create solar and lunar eclipses, aurora displays, and meteor showers, too. Visit them online for special opportunities throughout the year, including their annual holiday laser shows.


Science Museum of Virginia | Richmond, VA
The Science Museum of Virginia offers a day full of wonder and learning for both kids and adults alike. With historic architecture as its backdrop, this museum is full of innovative and cutting-edge exhibits and activities. The exhibits are intentionally designed to provoke creativity and expand your mind, all while learning about life around us — from animals and planets to bioethics and gravity.

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum | Winchester, VA
The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum in the heart of historic Winchester, VA is worth the drive for Northern Virginia families! This kid-focused museum features 3-stories of exhibits, each boasting loads of touch and play areas that encourage problem-solving, creative thinking, and collaboration. Best of all, the kids don’t know they are learning — they just think they’re having a great time!

More regional opportunities include:

Virginia Air and Space Center | Hampton, VA
Children’s Museum of Virginia | Portsmouth, VA
Virginia Air & Space Center | Hampton, VA
Science Museum of Western Virginia | Roanoke, VA
Virginia Discovery Museum | Charlottesville, VA
Virginia Living Museum | Newport News, VA
Virginia Museum of Natural History | Martinsville, VA

Disclaimer/Terms: These opportunities are subject to last minute cancellations and changes that might not be reflected in this post. Please, always confirm by calling/clicking.

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