Information for Teachers and Area Schools


David M. Brown Planetarium

1426 N. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA 22207   703-228-6070
Fifty Years of Service to Arlington Students and the Greater Community

The Planetarium is closed during renovation of the Education Center building.  The planetarium is expected to re-open September 2022.

School Group Showtimes: TBA

Monday through Friday: 9:30 am, 10:45 am, and 12:45 pm.

The planetarium currently offers three shows daily.  APS schools may schedule a visit to the planetarium by calling the Planetarium office extension at x 6017 or the Science office at x 6166.  Please check the calendar below for availability. Note: there is a charge for non-APS school groups.

Currently Offered School Programs

One World One Sky


  • One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Big Adventure – Big Bird, Elmo and their friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, take viewers on a journey of discovery to learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star, the Sun, and the Moon.
Accidental Astronaut Movie Poster

   First Grade

  • Accidental Astronaut – Follow the adventures of Cy and Annie and their dog Armstrong as they embark on an unexpected journey into space! Explore the Earth, Sun and Moon system with a wise-cracking starship computer. Bounce along with them on the surface of the Moon. Get up close and personal with a solar storm. And gain a new appreciation of our home planet.
The H2O Cycle

   Second Grade

  • The H2O Cycle – Evaporation, condensation, precipitation, advection, humidity, transpiration, and even evapotranspiration are introduced and taught in this video. We use live action FullDome videography to immerse the audience in the learning experience. This education module ends with a review set to a rap – the “Water Cycle Rap”. Careful, you may find yourself humming the catchy tune well after you are back from the Science Center!
 Tilt Movie Poster

   Third Grade

  • Tilt -It’s a crazy day when snow starts falling and it’s the middle of summer! But sometimes crazy days are just what you need to discover something new. Join Annie and Max for a whirlwind adventure as they explore a new angle on the world and find out how the seasons work. It’s surprising what a new angle on the world can do.

Earth, Moon, Sun



   Fourth Grade

  • Earth, Moon, and Sun – This program explores the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions who has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors.
  • Flight of the Butterfly – A Canadian entomologist has made a lifetime study of the monarch butterfly but the mysteries of their migration have eluded him until the help of dedicated volunteers brings a surprising closure to his research.    Program addresses Va SOLs, Living Systems  4.5  The student will investigate and understand how plants and animals, including humans, in an ecosystem interact with one another and with the nonliving components in the ecosystem. The program is designed for general audiences and is suitable for secondary life sciences classes as well.  Run time:  45 minutes.
Cosmic Colors

   Fifth Grade

  • Cosmic Colors: An Adventure Along the Spectrum – Enjoy a journey through the world of color!  Tour the interior of a leaf, voyage through a human eye, then step into the invisible universe as you investigate x-rays.  Explore the world of infrared in a roaring fire, and even discover what may have been the actual color of a dinosaur.
Oasis in Space

  Sixth Grade

  • Oasis in Space – This show transports the audience on a startling and beautiful voyage through our universe, galaxy and solar system in search of liquid water, a key ingredient for life on Earth
Cell Cell Cell

   Seventh Grade

  • Cell! Cell! Cell! – You are made of 70 trillion living cells. They work. They talk. They think. They are what make you alive.  This is the story of the trillions of cells that form our bodies, from our beginnings as a single cell to the complexity of a whole body: it’s the story of who we are.

For a downloadable PDF of our Secondary Science Full Dome Show Inventory by content area click here:  Secondary Science show list rev 191216

Customized and integrated content programs are welcome.  Call the Director at ext. 6017.


All shows that have been confirmed with the Planetarium will be updated on the calendar below.  (Note: Calendar is not active while the Planetarium is closed).  If there is an available date that you would like to reserve, please call the planetarium office (x 6017) to confirm, understanding that a vacancy on the calendar does not necessarily guarantee it is availabe.  The standard weekday show times are 9:30 AM. 10:45 AM, and 12:45 PM. Non-standard times may be accommodated on a case-by-case basis.   Please call the Planetarium for additional details.  (Outside APS:  call 703-228-6017)