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Summer Fun Day #7: Take a trip to a planetarium

Spark your child’s interest in astronomy by showing them the beauty of the stars. 

planetariumIt’s shaping up to be another hot, humid day, so what better way to beat the heat than to take the kids to a planetarium? Planetariums offer many programs to teach visitors more about the universe and all of its mysteries, and can inspire kids to take an interest in science. Here are a few planetariums in the Baltimore/Washington area:

Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C.

Showing today are “Dark Universe,” “Journey to the Stars,” “One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure” and “To Space and Back.” For the little ones, “One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure” is showing at 10:30 a.m. Young kids will love exploring the cosmos with Big Bird and Elmo and taking an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon. For older children, “Dark Universe” shows approximately every hour from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and “Journey to the Stars” shows every hour from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $9 for adults and $7.50 for youth. For details visit the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum website.

Davis Planetarium at the Maryland Science Center, Baltimore

Free with admission of $16.95-$20.95

There are seven different shows offered throughout the week, including “We are Aliens,” a show that explores the possibility of extraterrestrial life; “Countdown to Pluto,” where the audience learns just what is so special about Pluto; and “Black Holes: Journey into the Unknown,” which shows what would happen if you got too close to a black hole.

For information on specific shows or to order tickets, visit the Maryland Science Center website.

Robinson Nature Center NatureSphere, Columbia

Admission adults $5, children $3, under 3 free.

The NatureSphere is a digital planetarium and dome-style theater with programs and movies. There is an array of features with showings for families on Wednesdays in the summer at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. starting June 24. Tickets are $2 for those who register and $3 the day of the show. There are also Family Fridays at the NatureSphere at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. for ages 5 and up. Tickets are $6 per person. The program features a full-dome movie followed by a planetarium presentation.

Check the Robinson Nature Center website for details.

For more summer fun ideas, check out our 100 Days of Summer list of family activities, or see our daily calendar of events.

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