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As of February 5, 2014, our planetarium is under renovation and transformation!

Programs will be offered in our inflatable planetarium (StarLab) when available. Otherwise look for fun activities in the Cosmic Kids Corner. Twinkle Tots will be replaced with activities prepared by our planetarium staff in our Cosmic Kids Corner while we're under construction.

Please see the schedule below for more detailed information. We are making a concerted effort to maintain this schedule as closely as possible during construction, however, we suggest you call the Information Desk to confirm availability of programming on the day of your planned visit.


Twinkle Tots Suspended for Renovation
Date: Time/Duration:
  Designed for children ages 0-3 Fee: --
Twinkle Tots is temporarily suspended while the planetarium is undergoing a large scale renovation and upgrade. Please stayed tuned for a new and improved Twinkle Tots experience when we resume after our renovation is complete!

This is a program designed to delight the toddler in your family. Hear some fun music and learn what we can see up in the sky. Find out how fun (not scary!) it is to be in the dark, because that’s when we can see the stars. See some pictures made out of stars and moving lights in the sky.

Children should be able to sit for about 15 minutes.

Stellar Stars Spring
Date: See subjects below Time/Duration: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m.
Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30 p.m.
  Recommended for children ages 3-7 with an adult Fee: $3/person
Grab your passport, blast off and travel through space to explore a new destination in our solar system. Learn about a different picture in the stars each week and take home a coloring page. Complete your passport and receive a special treat!

Please note: During our Planetarium Renovation, beginning February 5, Stellar Stars will take place in our inflatable StarLab Planetarium when it is available. Otherwise, activities may occur throughout the Center. Please call ahead to plan your visit, and see Information Desk for details when you arrive.

Tickets go on sale on the day of the show.

Schedule of  Subjects for Spring Below:

3/5-3/9      Comets    Ursa Minor
3/12-3/16      Sun    Canis Minor
3/19-3/23      Mercury    Leo
3/26-3/30      Venus    Auriga
4/2-4/6      Earth     Gemini
4/9-4/13      Mars    Hydra
4/16-4/20      Asteroid    Corvus
4/23-4/27      Jupiter    Crater
4/30-5/4      Saturn    Virgo
5/7-5/11      Uranus    Bootes
5/14-5/18      Neptune    Draco
5/21-5/25     Dwarf Planets    Corona Borealis
5/28-6/1     Comets    Libra

SkyQuest - Spring
Date: March 1, 6, 15, 20
April 5, 10, 19, 24
May 3, 8, 17, 22
Note that these are alternating Saturdays and Thursdays
Time/Duration: 7:30 p.m.
  Recommended for pre-teens through adults Fee: $4/person
This longer program is for those who want to delve more deeply into astronomy and space topics with our expert staff. This approximately 45 minute program is followed by a look at what's up in the current night sky.

Please note that SkyQuest will take place as a PowerPoint presentation in our Grand River Room South for the duration of our planetarium renovation, beginning February 5th.

Is there Anybody Out There?
March 1, 6, 15, 20
Come and join us to find out how astronomers go about locating exoplanets - planets orbiting stars other than the Sun. We'll explore what types of planets have been discovered so far by NASA's Kepler mission and the type of planet that would need to be found that would support life as we know it.

What's New on Mars?
April 5, 10, 19, 24

Join us for Mars Mania! We'll be discussing the findings of the NASA Curiosity rover over the last 19 months and other missions that have been studying Mars for years. Find out the hopes for MAVEN which will enter Mars' orbit in September 2014.

Scale of the Universe
May 3, 8, 17, 22
How big is big? Join us as we take a look at the scale of the Universe. We will start with the smallest things we know about and move to the most distant objects in the Universe. How do astronomers measure those vast distances? You'll find out.

Holiday Walk-In Programming for Spring Break
Date: April 21-25 Time/Duration: Programs start at 11:30 a.m. and continue to 2:30 p.m.
  All ages Fee: $3/person or less, depending on the program
Join us for a fabulous day of creatures that creep, hop and slither along with a Universe of fun in StarLab:

Weekday Schedule:

11:30    Stellar Stars
12:00    Mainly Mammals
12:30    You-niverse
1:00      Reptile Review
1:30      You-niverse
2:00      Animals, Animals
2:30      You-niverse

These are walk-in programs, so no registration is required.

Date: Saturdays and Sundays Time/Duration: 1:30, 2:00 and 2:30 p.m.

  For all ages Fee: $3/person
What’s up in tonight’s sky? Have fun under the stars with the whole family! Locate the Moon! Find the planets! Identify the constellations and find out how they got their names.

Homework after the show: Discover the universe in your own backyard.

This program lasts approximately 20 minutes.

Please note: During our Planetarium Renovation, beginning February 5, The You-niverse will take place in our inflatable StarLab Planetarium when it is available. Otherwise, activities may occur throughout the Center. Please call ahead to plan your visit, and see Information Desk for details when you arrive.

Telescope Viewing
Date: Please see the SkyQuest Schedule for this detailed information Time/Duration: Immediately following the evening SkyQuest Program
  All Ages Welcome Fee: Free
Join us in the field across from the Center for FREE telescope viewing following our evening SkyQuest programs. Please check the SkyQuest schedule for more information.

Telescope viewing requires a clear sky, so is always "weather permitting!"

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