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These Washington, DC destinations allow kids to see STEM principles up-close and in-action!


National Air & Space Museum
The National Air and Space Museum, part of the Smithsonian family, showcases the history and science of aviation and spaceflight, as well as planetary science and terrestrial geology/geophysics. The second-most visited museum in the United States, this top destination boasts artifacts, displays, and exhibits that include popular attractions like the 1903 Wright Flyer, Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, Apollo 11’s command module Columbia, and a real lunar rock!

The Air and Space Museum also has a public observatory with high-powered telescopes, virtual reality and flight simulators, and an IMAX Theater.

The museum has a second location — an annex in Northern Virginia (Chantilly, VA) — called the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Commonly known as the Udvar-Hazy Center, this location wows visitors with two large hangars that display thousands of aviation and space artifacts, including a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, a Concorde, and the Space Shuttle Discovery!

Albert Einstein Planetarium
Located in the National Air and Space Museum, the Albert Einstein Planetarium is one of the most technologically advanced planetariums in the country. This planetarium’s ultra-high-definition visuals are 16 times the resolution of your high-definition television! Guests are invited to enjoy shows and opportunities that get you a little closer to the stars and beyond!

Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory
Named for Phoebe Waterman Haas, an extraordinary woman of the early 20th-century (Haas was among the first women in the United States to achieve a Ph.D. in astronomy), this public observatory is located on the National Air and Space Museum’s southeast terrace. Guests are invited to visit and even participate in stargazing opportunities using the observatory’s 16-inch telescope that boasts its own rich history.


National Children’s Museum | Washington, DC
New to the DMV community, the National Children’s Museum sparks curiosity and ignites creativity in children up to age 12! This family destination boasts a wide variety of touch-and-play activities, exhibits, and experiences centered around science, technology, engineering, art, and math.


National Museum of American History
The National Museum of American History showcases the heritage of the United States, including politics, culture, science, and military, to name a few topics. The museum’s mission is the collection, care, study, and interpretation of objects that reflect the experience of the American people. This includes popular displays such as the original Star-Spangled Banner (1814), Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz (1939), and Michelle Obama’s inaugural gown (2013), to name a few.

Draper Spark!Lab
Draper Spark!Lab, located inside the National Museum of American History, is where young museum visitors, ages 6-12, become inventors! Children and their families are invited to create, collaborate, explore, test, experiment, and invent — activities incorporate traditional science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with art, museum, and creativity.

Wegmans Wonderplace | Washington, DC
Located inside the National Museum of American History, Wegmans Wonderplace is a 1,700-square-foot interactive play space for children ages 0-6. Little learners will delight in exploring, touching, playing, and learning! Discover the collections and exhibits of this unique playspace here.


National Museum of Natural History
Open 364 days a year with free admission, the National Museum of Natural History, a Smithsonian institution, has a collection that contains over 126 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, human remains, and human cultural artifacts! Dedicated to promoting the understanding of the natural world and our place in it, the museum’s collections tell the history of the planet and are a record of human interaction with the environment and one another.

Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center
Q?rius (pronounced “curious”) is an interactive learning space inside the National Museum of Natural History that brings the museum’s unique assets — the science, researchers, and collections — out from behind the scenes. Visitors can use microscopes, handle some of the 6,000 collection objects, solve science puzzles, enjoy touchscreen activities, and even meet a scientist!


Rock Creek Park Planetarium
Located within the Rock Creek Park Nature Center, the Rock Creek Park Planetarium uses high-tech Spitz software to project the night sky onto a large, dome-shaped ceiling while Rangers lead guests on a journey of exploration into our solar system, galaxy, and beyond! In addition to planetarium programs, stargazing opportunities are available, too.


Important Disclaimer: This opportunity is curated from a public source and subject to changes and/or cancelations that might not be reflected above. Always call to confirm before participating.


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