Upcoming Public Planetarium Shows
All shows are approximately one hour and begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
- February 10: Roving Mars
- March 10: Spring Equinox
- April 7: Roving Mars
- May 19: Director's Choice
- June 16: Summer Solstice (date subject to change)
Each show will open for reservations about a month before the show. Click the "reservations" box at the top of the page to secure your seat. Tickets for public shows are $10 per adult and $5 per child.
Field Trips to the Planetarium
May 31 to July 27, 2023
- Daytime: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:00-4:00
- Evenings: By Appointment
- Saturdays: By Appointment
Booking and payment for daytime shows are done through the field trip link at the top of the page. Rates, room capacity, and accessibility are described below.
All shows starting after 4:00 p.m. are charged evening rates and will be scheduled on an individual basis. Please contact the Planetarium for more information.
Timeline: All group visits must be finalized two weeks before your visit, including payment. Failure to pay by 5 p.m. the Friday before your visit will result in the cancellation of your scheduled trip.
Capacity: There are 45 fixed seats and two wheelchair-designated spaces in the Planetarium.
Cost: The show begins at the time of reservation and ends at the corresponding end time. We strongly encourage groups to be in their seats and ready to begin promptly at the start of the reserved time. There are no reimbursements for late arrivals and consequently shortened programs.
Daytime (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. start time)
- $90 30-min
- $115 45-min
- $140 60-min
Evenings (4:30-7:30 start time),
- $150 45-min
- $175 60-min
Saturday field trips are available at the rate of $200 and can be either 45 minutes or 60 minutes in length.
Contact Information: Please schedule your field trip through email by contacting the Planetarium.
Accessibility Please let us know if you have special needs in the Planetarium as we are limited to two designated spaces for wheelchair seating and extra time is needed to enter the Planetarium through the platform lift for handicapped access.
Ages & Topics
- The Planetarium can be used effectively as a tool in a variety of disciplines — science (earth science, astronomy), social studies (history, navigation, cultural topics), and English (storytelling, mythology) — and the program can be adjusted to fit your needs/interests.
- Shows generally begin with a tour of the night sky—a few constellations and the locations of the visible planets, moon, and sun. Depending upon the show's length, other topics can be added. Here are suggestions (all adjusted for age level):
- Pre-K through 2nd grade: Nursery Rhyme show (30-minute show recommended)
- 2nd grade and up: Tour of the Solar System (or focus on a specific planet(s))
- 2nd grade and up: Phases of the Moon
- 3rd grade and up: Earth’s Place in the Universe
- 5th grade and up Seasons.
- 7th grade and up: Seasonal skies: Circumpolar Motion; Navigation
- 8th grade and up: Zodiacal constellations
- If you have very specific topics that might require extra planning on our part please contact us as soon as you have scheduled your group.