The planetarium is closed for the summer and will reopen August 22, 2022.
Large Group Shows by Appointment (A large group is 15 or more people.)
For more information or to schedule a large group show, please contact the planetarium secretary, Tamera Owens, firstname.lastname@example.org, (231) 777-0289.
Do you have a group of 15 or more who would like to go to the planetarium? We annually host many school field trips, church groups, social service agencies, scout troops, and birthday parties.
- Minimum of 15 people.
- Please schedule at least 2-3 weeks in advance, especially for our busy times in December and May.
- Showtimes can be reserved Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 9:00am-7:00pm, plus Wednesdays 9:00am-1:00pm. No Fri, Sat, or Sun shows.
- We have 44 in theater seats + an additional 5 spaces for those who use wheelchairs. We can schedule multiple showtimes for groups with more people.
- You may choose which program to see from the list below.
Fewer than 15 people?
- Beginning Aug 22, 2022 we will have public walk-in shows on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. for individuals and small groups. No reservations needed. No minimum group size. If your group is smaller than 15, please attend on a Tuesday or Thursday evening. The program changes four times a school year.
Cost: All planetarium shows are free!
But wait, there’s more: You may also want to visit our free, hands-on science museum, across the hall from the planetarium. Click here for information about the museum.
Planetraium Program Options for Large Group Reservations
Larry Cat In Space (30 minutes, ages 3-7) This playful, imaginative cartoon presentation follows an inquisitive cat who takes a trip to the Moon. This program has cartoon slides, rather than full-motion animation. Preview – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDMSYosNVoA
The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather (24 Minutes, ages 5-10) Based on the hit NBC children’s series, this animation takes the Patrollers on an expedition to learn all about weather, both on Earth and other planets. Preview – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFhvAUAG4xQ
General Audience Programs
Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity (24 minutes) Features striking, immersive animations of the formation of the 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. This program features exciting images of zooming across the galaxy, but some viewers have experienced motion sickness. Preview – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RiOatYjU_4
Dawn of the Space Age (41 minutes) This historic reconstruction of Man’s first trips into space gives you the chance to become a first-hand observer to the space race. Preview – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6vGmibJAQ4
Dynamic Earth: Exploring Earth’s Climate Engine (24 minutes) 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 volcanoes! Preview – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSi5641-D18
Edge of Darkness (24 minutes) Using groundbreaking discoveries from recent space missions, this program will take viewers to the dark depths of space to Pluto and its moons. Preview – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnmLsh51tHE
Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight (25 minutes) A virtual ride aboard the spacecraft of the future. What rocket designs might one day conquer space? Preview – https://vimeo.com/221807968
Incoming! (30 minutes) Tag along with robot explorers and discover how asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout history, changing the course of life on Earth. Preview – http://www.calacademy.org/incoming-trailer
Mystery of the Christmas Star (30 minutes) 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 across the desert from Babylon to Bethlehem. This program avoids discussion of the Earth as billions of years old. Preview – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIjCYN7WzAw
Oasis in Space (24 minutes) 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. Preview – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAtgR8MgJtY
Stars: the Powerhouses of the Universe (26 minutes) Journey to the furthest reaches of our galaxy to experience star formation and destruction. Preview – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0NXcrCwbWI
Solar Superstorms (30 minutes) Venture into superhot solar flare plasma, violent solar tornadoes, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: coronal mass ejections. Preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BiMJ8WHF9k
Supervolcanoes (35 minutes) See how past and present supervolcanoes on Earth have changed our history or will impact us in the future, and explore them on other planets. Preview – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JadQfs7iQGo
Two Small Pieces of Glass (25 minutes) Explore the discoveries made by astronomers through the last 400 years, from Galileo’s invention of the telescope using two pieces of glass, to the launch of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. This program is more sensory-friendly, with less dramatic music and slower-moving images. Preview – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCPe1yeQy7Q
Undiscovered Worlds (30 minutes) With improving technology, the discovery of other planets brings us one step closer to the possibility of finding an Earth-like world. Preview – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWYFEok7nh4
We Are Stars (25 minutes) A family-friendly adventure that starts in a Victorian fairground and follows nuclear fusion in stars, the development of our own solar system, and the evolution of life from the very first cells. Preview – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSAU9ktkbLk
For more information, please contact: Tamera Owens, Secretary, Math and Physical Sciences Department at (231) 777-0289 or email@example.com