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We offer various educational programs for school field trips, Scout troops, day care groups, park recreation, civic groups, and others.

Our World of Science lectures provides a monthly forum in which a local scientist discusses his or her specialties.

Enjoy weekend public Planetarium shows for residents of all ages. Explore this website for descriptions of our current shows. Contact us at See our calendar for what's playing.  The 2016-2017 "World of Science" lecture has been finalized. See the line-up of speakers here.

See our calendar for a full schedule of public programs. You don't need a reservation - all tickets are sold at the door!  Visit us at Parkland College, celebrating its 50th anniversary year!     Check out our new solar eclipse site for 2017 - click on the Sun!  

NOTICE:   The construction on our side of Parkland is completed! 



Traditional "Live" planetarium at its best! "Prairie Skies" Friday nights at 7pm

Take a live tour of the current night sky (and not have to swat mosquitoes)! Learn how to find the current constellations and planets, plus hear a few of the legendary stories featuring the imaginary figures above us!  We will also feature August's total solar eclipse!  The summer version of the show begins June 16.   




"Seeing!:  A Photon's Journey Across Space, Time & Mind," Fridays at 8pm, beginning June 2


New!  “Seeing!” follows a photon’s creation and journey across the galaxy to a young stargazer’s eye. The viewer follows the photon into the girl’s eye, learning the structures of the eye and their functions, prior to taking a ride on the optic nerve. Narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, “Seeing!” is produced by Mirage IIID and funded by the Carl Zeiss company.  Tickets are $6 adults, $5 students, seniors, & kids, all sold at the door. 













Summer Matinees begin June 6! 


Bring the kids to matinees this summer on Tuesday afternoons or Thursday mornings for the months of June and July. 


"The Little Star the Could"   Tuesdays 1pm, Thursdays 10am


Journey with “Little Star,” an average yellow star, in search of planets of his own to protect and warm. Along the way, he meets other stars, learns what makes each star special, why they are different colors and how they combine to form star clusters and galaxies. Let’s hope a delightful cast of characters including “Pearl” and “Big Daddy” can help “Little Star” find some planets! Updated and adapted to fulldome video by Audio Visual Imagineering. This show hasn’t been seen on our dome for 20 years! Perfect for K-3 audiences.






 "Coyote Explores the Earth, Moon & Sun"    Tuesdays 2pm, Thursdays 11am


Explore the relationships between the Earth, the Moon, and the Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions who has many misconceptions about our neighbors in space. His confusion makes us think about how the Earth, Moon and Sun work as a system as we distinguish between myth and science. Examine how the Sun rises and sets and how the Sun shines, then learn about craters on the Moon, phases and eclipses. Lastly, we look at past exploration of the Moon. Originally produced by the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in North Carolina.  Opens July 6. 


Admission for each show is $6 adults; $5 for students, seniors, and kids under 12, available at the door.   Or, see both shows and get the second one half price! 









Starlight Productions presents Pink Floyd's "The Wall" fulldome show


Thanks to Starlight Productions we are now showing Pink Floyd fulldome shows one weekend per month.  These are not laser shows, but fulldome movies with imagery accompanying both "Dark Side of the Moon" and "The Wall."   Admission is $6 per person at the door.   See:

   * Dark Side of the Moon . . . . .June 2, August 4/5

   * The Wall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 7










Command your own starship!   The Artemis Bridge Simulator returns July 8! 


Get a team of 6-8 people together and register for a two hour time slot to fly the Starship Artemis.   A member of your team will staff bridge stations, including weapons control, helm, engineering, science, communications, and, of course, captain.   Teams play against the game in two hour time slots, beginning at 9am.   Some instruction will be given on basic game operation.  To register your team, click here!  The cost is $12.50 per person. 










See the Goose Kaler Meteorite Collection now on display in our lobby

On loan from the Kaler family, the meteorite collection contains samples from Canyon Diablo, Esquel (Argentina), Gibeon (Namibia), and Sikhote-Alin (Siberia). The "monster" of the collection is a 16 kilogram iron meteorite that you can touch. A brochure containing background information on the samples can be picked up in our lobby or you can download one here.




Interested in sponsoring one of our new seats? 


The planetarium is beginning a program where individuals or companies may sponsor one of our new seats for that special someone.   The one-time, tax deductible $400 sponsorship will result in a plaque permanently affixed to the seat of your choice, plus we'll recognize donors online. Funds will be deposited in the planetarium's unrestricted foundation account and will go to support future planetarium programming.  For information, call or email Dave Leake at 217/351-2567.