Sir Richard Branson can step aside, because sending your mini-Galileo to the Milky Way has never been easier. From world-renowned institutions to intimate space settings, budding stargazers can reach the outer limits of the galaxy without leaving Planet Earth. Flip through the gallery below for nine spots worthy of your cosmos-crazed kiddo.

Adler Planetarium – Chicago, Il

Tiny stargazers will enjoy the space shows (Destination Solar System, Earth, Moon & Sun, and One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventures are favorites) showing daily in the world-class Grainger Sky Theater, but there’s edutainment everywhere at Adler Planetarium. Kids ages 3-8 can check out a Space Station and explore caves in Planet Explorers; Our Solar System invites everyone to walk through space, and the Community Design Lab will bring out the maker in every guest.

Insider Tip: Check out our insider’s guide the newest Adler exhibit: What is a Planet?


photo: courtesy Adler Planetarium

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