On Monday, Capitals fan favorite Matt Bradley announced his support for a great local cause, Save the Arlington Planetarium. Bradley said, “It’s important that we all do our part to save Arlington’s Planetarium. The Planetarium provides programming for thousands of students of all ages each year. Show kids how important science is, help the Friends of Arlington’s Planetarium by donating today.”
Just 3 minutes from the Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Friends of Arlington’s Planetarium will be hosting a “Kids’ Night at the Planetarium” after the Caps game on Sunday. It will be an evening full of astronomy and fun! Check out space shows, take part in hands-on science activities, and observe the sun and moon through telescopes. Learn more and Get Directions.
In early 2010, Arlington Public Schools announced that it planned to close Arlington’s Planetarium after more than 40 years of providing educational experiences to hundreds of thousands of children and community members. In response to the proposed closure, a group of local citizens started a grassroots effort to save the planetarium. In April 2010, the group formed Friends of Arlington’s Planetarium, and soon was asked to raise $402,800 by June 30, 2011, for upgrades to the facility. The organization launched a social media campaign and began hosting community events at the planetarium, including benefit concerts and “Night at the Planetarium” events. To date, over 2,000 people, local businesses, corporations, and Matt Bradley have donated their time or money to keep the planetarium open, but it still has to raise over $112,000 and needs your help.