All of the following shows are available for your class. Read the descriptions or watch the trailers to choose what you think is best for your group. A planetarium visit is usually about one hour in length and these shows accompany a live presentation of the topic of your choice. From a lesson on why Earth has seasons to just plain star gazing we can customize any visit given enough lead time to prepare. See the "Lessons" tab above to see what already exists for your grade level to explore.
20 minutes; 2nd grade and up
This show for families takes us on a roller coaster ride from the moon through the universe, our galaxy and our Solar System. This unforgettable high speed adventure will immerse you in some of the most amazing sites in the Universe. Narrated by Nancy Cartwright of TV's The Simpsons.
Defying Gravity, It Is Rocket Science!
23 Minutes; 3rd-5th Grade
Tune in to the Planetarium Channel and its brand new show all about gravity! Join host Apollo Aurora and her science reporters as they explore the brains behind rocket power, gravity on other planets, and even monstrous black holes! Robot experts Apple 1-6-8-6 and EGR-1 will also lend a few circuits to explain the force that keeps us humans all grounded. Well, some of the time. Make sure to switch on the Planetarium Channel’s exciting new program--Defying Gravity, It Is Rocket Science!
Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
40 minutes; General Audience; 3rd grade
Remade for the fulldome digital environment, this adventure tells the story of two children who build a rocket out of a refrigerator box and take a fantastic journey through the Solar System with the help of a magical book and their own vivid imaginations. Sound effects and 5.1 surround mix provided by Skywalker Sound. Also available with a Spanish narration track.
Perfect Little Planet
30 Minutes; 4th or 5th Grade
Imagine the ultimate space vacation! Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes -- a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known Dwarf Planet. Dive over the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms of Jupiter. And walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose? A solar system journey for space travelers of all ages.
Solar System Show
23 minutes; 3rd grade and up
Looking to explore way-out worlds? The blistering Sun? Mysterious moons? Crazy comets and amazing asteroids? Then join our gang of smart, wacky reporters and rambunctious planets in the Planetarium Channel’s new extravaganza, The Solar System Show! We promise planet fun for
The Little Star That Could
34 Minutes; 3rd-5th grade
Sometimes, being average can also be special! Follow the story of Little Star, an average yellow star in search for planets of his own to protect and warm. Along the way, he meets other stars, learns what makes each star special, and discovers that stars combine to form star clusters and galaxies. Eventually, Little Star finds his planets, and you get to learn all about the Solar System along the way.
Earth, Moon, & Sun
25 Minutes; 3rd-5th grade
This planetarium show explores the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions who has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. For audiences age 5-11.
Chirpie's Amazing World Aventure
15 Minutes; Grade Pre K-K
Head to a lush jungle and track down the biggest of wild cats – a tiger! Enter beautiful blue-green ocean waters where you’ll meet a giant whale! After a stop at the top of the world – a majestic mountain peak – get ready for a final adventure that’s out-of-this-world.
8 Minutes; K-1
This short show is a great way to begin with very young students. It is short but touches on daily motion and shapes of planets and moons.
19 Minutes; Grade 3-5
Discover the science of flight through the eyes of a young girl and her grandfather as they explore how birds, kites, planes, and models fly.
Learn about how the history and future of flight and how NASA is discovering new and safer ways to travel with the help of future engineers and aviators.