Planetarium Shows Available by Appointment

Minimum group size is 15. The planetarium has 44 spaces plus five spaces for people who use wheelchairs. We can arrange multiple shows for larger groups. All shows are free! For more information, call (231) 777-0289 or email

Children’s Programs

The Adventures of Larry Cat in Space – This playful, imaginative cartoon presentation follows an inquisitive cat who takes a trip to the Moon. Parents will also enjoy the show, and learn something about the Moon, too! (30 minutes, ages 4-8, coloring pages available)

The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather – Based on the hit NBC children’s series The Zula Patrol, this top-performing digital dome cartoon takes the Patrollers on an expedition to collect weather samples on Earth and other planets, and they must save one of their own from an evil plan to control the universe. (24 Minutes, ages 4-9, education guide available)

General Audiences

Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity – This vivid presentation shows the development of stars with striking, immersive animations of the formation of the early universe, star birth and death, the collision of giant galaxies, and a simulated flight to a super-massive black hole lurking at the center of our own Milky Way galaxy. (24 minutes, 4th grade-adult, education guide available)

Dawn of the Space Age This incredibly accurate historic reconstruction of Man’s first trips into space gives you the chance to become a first-hand observer to this exciting time in history, from the launch of Sputnik to the future of Mars exploration. (41 minutes, all ages, education guide available)

Dynamic Earth: Exploring Earth’s Climate Engine Explore the inner workings of Earth’s climate system, ride on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and whales, and fly into fiery volcanoes! (24 minutes, all ages, education guide available)

IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System – This visually stunning program, designed for visitors who want to learn more about science research, follows the creation of NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) and provides the latest updates on the mission’s discoveries. (27 minutes, 4th grade – adult, education guide available)

Mystery of the Christmas Star  – This modern retelling of the Christmas story investigates the “star” and “sky signs” that declared the birth of Jesus Christ and caused the Wise Men to travel over 600 miles through the desert from Babylon to Bethlehem. (30 minutes, all ages)

Oasis in Space – Take a startling and beautiful voyage through our universe, galaxy, and solar system in search of liquid water, a key ingredient for life on Earth. (24 minutes, all ages, education guide available)

Stars: the Powerhouses of the Universe – Journey to the furthest reaches of our galaxy to experience the beauty stars as they are born from vast clouds of gas and dust, burn bright with energy that powers the universe, and then end their lives in powerful explosions. (26 minutes, all ages, education guide available)

Solar Superstorms – NEW SHOW available January 12, 2016 – What can cause our sun to erupt in such fury that it can threaten the world’s power and technology? What drives these strange phenomena and how will they affect Earth? Find the answers as you journey inside our sun through groundbreaking computer visualizations, and experience superhot plasma, solar tornadoes, and the largest explosions in our solar system. (30 minutes, 3rd grade and up)

Supervolcanoes – This impressive program tours past and present supervolcanoes on Earth which have changed our history or will impact us in the future, and then explores intensely powerful supervolcanoes on other planets. (35 minutes, all ages, education guide available)

Two Small Pieces of Glass This program explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years, and traces the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modification of a child’s spyglass using two small pieces of glass to the launch of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy. (25 minutes, all ages, education guide available)

Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun – With advanced technology, hundreds of planets have been discovered in other solar systems. Are we closer to finding an Earth-like world? How will this change how we view our place in the universe? (30 minutes, 3rd grade and up, education guide available)